About The Gardenist

If you’re after simple answers to garden questions, The Gardenist isn’t your kinda site. It’s more about the questions than the answers.  In my experience, most of the challenge with learning anything new is in identifying the real questions.

Anyway, given that for every hour I’ve ever spent gardening I must have spent at least ten thinking about gardens – the plants, the processes, and planting combinations – I’ve come up with more than my fair share of questions about gardening and gardens.  I’ve spent about 80% of my waking hours teasing out their anatomy, their history, their philosophy, and their power to delight, challenge, and nurture.

The whole point of The Gardenist is to try and find some companions for the journey.  I might even find a few answers, though I know they’ll only lead to bigger questions.  Bring ’em on!

About Michael McCoy

As for me, I’m a garden designer, writer, and occasional garden tour leader.  I started my adult life as a botanist, then trained as a gardener.  Along the way I started writing for The Age in Melbourne, Australia.  Amongst a range of undeserved privileges, perhaps the greatest was to hang out with Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter for the summer in 1991.  I can make myself sick with longing, just thinking about that incredibly rich and formative time.  Since then, I’ve spent most of my time designing gardens, or writing about them for The Age, or Gardening Australia, or occasionally for Gardens Illustrated.  My first book, Michael McCoy’s Garden was published in 2000, and the second, The Gardenist, hit the shelves in late August 2012.  I also lead a few overseas tours of gardens a year for Ross Garden Tours, which is very cool.  Being a dad to three teenagers, there wouldn’t be much opportunity for OS travel otherwise.


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