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, host of ABC TV series Dream Gardens, 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. In early 2017 Dream Gardens aired on ABC TV, and right now we’re in the midst of filming seasons 2 and 3.

Having been the privileged recipient of garden knowledge and nurturing from my gardening idols, it’s now time for me to invert that knowledge and nurturing. Over the coming months you will see an ever increasing number of gardening based educational programs made available through The Gardenist blog, including one day Masterclasses, Short Courses, and Travelling Masterclasses.

I hope you can join me on this journey.