Garden Design Coaching


The Course      

Michael McCoy has developed a five week coaching course for home gardeners who are setting out on a garden design project, or who are committed to improving the design of an existing garden, and don’t want to hand the job over to anyone else.

Michael firmly believes that garden owners are uniquely placed to inject soul and true personality into their gardens, so is excited about this opportunity to empower owners to stay in full control and ownership of the exercise of designing their own gardens.

Testimonial from Louise, Newport:

Michael, I can’t thank you enough for the course. I look at gardens and plantings with a whole new perspective and enjoyment. A life changing and enriching experience. Not to mention new friends with a shared passion. Can’t wait to see how everyone’s gardens develop over time.

With 35 years of insight and experience in designing and hands-on gardening, along with boundless enthusiasm and powerful communication skills, there’s no one better placed to lead you through this process of realising your own garden dreams.


From Michael:

“I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work alongside and learn from some of the world’s greatest garden minds and designers. 

I’ve had the privilege of designing and working in some of Australia’s best gardens on behalf of high profile clients.

This course is an opportunity for you and I to work together on your own project. We will consider the possibilities of what is achievable, using proven methods of planning and the principles that I’ve developed in my 35 years of design and horticulture.”


The finer details

Each session of the course is specifically curated to deepen the understanding of participants about design principles and decision making, including how to define and manipulate spaces and the roles each plant group plays in your garden.

Participants will complete the course armed with a comprehensive design brief, site drawings, image boards, course materials and the confidence to realise and implement their gardening project.

To maximise interaction, intimacy and access to Michael, places are limited to six participants per course.

The five-week course is broken into seven sessions and includes:
  • Two full-day group sessions in Woodend, Victoria (including meals and refreshments)
  • Three group webinars using a live online video platform*
  • A dedicated one-on-one mentoring webinar with Michael
  • A graduation dinner to celebrate learnings and outcomes
  • Access to Michael via phone and email anytime throughout the course
  • Ongoing engagement with your course peers

*Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with online video, we’ll take care of you (see FAQs)

The total tuition fees of the course is $2,850 (AUD).

2019 COURSES will be added soon

Application process:

  1. Fill out the Course Application Form
  2. We will respond to your application within 3 business days
  3. Successful applicants will require to pay a $500 deposit within 7 days of notification


Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is it necessary to apply for the course?

Information shared in your application helps us get to know you and your project better, ensuring the course is well-matched to meet your needs. Additionally, as the course has elements of peer-to-peer engagement, it’s important the makeup of the group is considered and balanced.

What are the exact dates and times of the course? (the following dates and times were for the 2018 courses, please note, 2019 Course dates will be available soon)


Winter Course

Spring Course

Time (EST)


1. Group Webinar / Course Intro

Mon 23rd July

Mon 1st Oct

7.30pm – 9pm


2. Full Day Group Session

Sat 28th July

Sat 6th Oct

10am – 4pm


3. Group Webinar

Mon 6th Aug

Mon 15th Oct

7.30pm – 9pm


4. One on one Session

7th – 17th Aug

16th – 26th Oct



5. Full Day Group Session

Sat 11th Aug

Sat 20th Oct

10am – 4pm


6. Group Webinar

Mon 20th Aug

Mon 29th Oct

7.30pm – 9pm


7. Celebration dinner

Fri 24th Aug

Fri 2nd Nov

7pm onwards


*the Full day Group Session will be held in Woodend, Victoria, the exact location is to be confirmed

**the Celebration dinner will be held in either Melbourne or Woodend, whatever is most preferred by the group

What is the time commitment required beyond the facilitated sessions?

Homework is set between each session to ensure project plans progress meaningfully. We recommend students block off at least a few hours per week for reading, research and project development.

Who is the ideal course candidate?

An enthusiastic home gardener who… 

    • wants to deepen their garden and design knowledge
    • wants to stay in full ownership of their garden design project
    • has the time to commit to the sessions and the homework
    • is keen to share this journey with other like minded people  

Do I have to be based locally (in Victoria) to apply or attend?

No. Whilst it’s ideal if you can be physically present at the full day group sessions (dates in the above table) we have designed the course so that remote participants can fully access and gain from course materials, activities and interactions.  

What are the technology requirements of the course?

As some components of the course are to be completed online ,participants are required to have high speed internet connection and either a webcam or a smart phone with a camera. Group webinar sessions are convened over ‘Zoom’ which is an easy to use, free to download, online video application. 

What if I miss a session?

The intensive program has been carefully developed to take participants through a considered and proven process. Missing a session is not ideal, but it isn’t the end of the world. We’ll do our best to bring you up to speed with the information and experiences you missed. If you think committing the time is going to be a challenge we’d recommend you not apply.

What is included in the program fee?

Complete online/phone access to Michael, course materials, garden access, all meals and refreshments. Participants are to cover their own travel costs as required. 

What is your refund and deferral policy?

We understand that life can interfere and that plans change, and we’ve tried to create a refund policy that respects you and other participants. 

Deposit: We require a non-refundable $500 deposit to secure your position in the course and to accept our admission offer. 

Tuition: The total cost of the course is $2,850.  The balance of the fee, $2,350, is fully refundable any time between the day we receive it and 10 days before the start of the program. Afterwards, no refunds are possible. We do appreciate notification of withdrawal as soon as possible so that we can attempt to fill your spot with another student who may be on the waitlist.  

Deferral: We allow one deferral per student. Deferrals are accepted up until 10 days before the start of the program.



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