Creating Great Gardens

Gardens are generally underrated in our society. We celebrate fantastic buildings but how often do we celebrate our gardens and public spaces? Gardens can be wonderful places that unite us or soothe us or nurture us or entertain us. Get it planned properly in the first place and your garden can be absolutely anything you want it to be. In this episode we recap on some of the most important first principles and celebrate the wonderful world of gardens.


Campton is a fantastic example of how if you get your initial plan right - your design and layout - then your garden will all come together over time. The first principle - plan!!

Wonderful Gardens: Celebrating all of the great things gardens can be Brendan visits a Playground Garden in Sydney, a Refugee Garden in Melbourne and a rooftop Disco Garden.

Suburban Boundaries

Boundaries are the most important consideration in a garden. If you have bad, ugly boundaries, it doesn't matter what you do to your garden, it will be brought down by the boundaries. We look at the suburban garden and Brendan's solution to a garden that has overbearingly bad boundaries.


Access to and movement through your garden is the next fundamental step. It doesn't matter how great your garden is, if you can't get to it easily you won't use it. Brendan has used a series of platforms and large steps to move you through the suburban garden.

Bush Inspired Planting

Plants are the final consideration in a design. When it comes to choosing plants look around you. In the Bush Garden, that means a planting scheme that sits well with the surrounding bush. Brendan consults the Wild Plant and Rescue Service before selecting plants that were sympathetic to the environment.

Brendan's 10 Tips

  1. Relax and have a cup of tea

  2. Give everything a good feed

  3. Have a look at changing things and make bold decisions

  4. Visit garden festivals and nurseries to get new ideas

  5. Go to the botanical garden

  6. Seek out some good examples of drought-tolerant gardens

  7. Take a walk round the neighbourhood, see what's doing well and plant it

  8. Paint a garage wall a bright colour to add a lift: try lime green or hot pink

  9. Take a risk with a plant you've never tried before


McGregor & Partners

Jane Irwin
Level 5 68- 72 Wentworth Ave
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: 02 9212 6957

Jack Merlo Design
PO Box 124
South Yarra VIC 3141
Tel: 03 9866 5550

Garden Life

Secret Garden
1/1 Gilderthorpe Ave
Randwick NSW 2031
ph: (02) 9314 5333

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