Top designer confirmed for Garden Marlborough

GREEN FINGERS: Australian garden designer Michael McCoy will be speaking at the 2014 Nelmac Garden Marlborough.
GREEN FINGERS: Australian garden designer Michael McCoy will be speaking at the 2014 Nelmac Garden Marlborough.

Attendees at this year's Nelmac Garden Marlborough will have an internationally acclaimed gardener from across the ditch to inspire them.

Nelmac Garden Marlborough announced yesterday that Australian garden designer Michael McCoy will be the keynote speaker at this year's event from November 6 to 9.

McCoy is a leading Australian garden designer, a botanist, author, broadcaster, blogger, speaker and garden tour guide.

Nelmac Garden Marlborough president Jeremy Jones said securing McCoy for this year's event was a real coup.

"Each year we target our top 10 speaker ‘wish list', compiled through personal experience and reputation, and we try our hardest to bring them to our little corner of gardening paradise here in Marlborough," he said.

McCoy featured highly on that list, having a rare combination of impressive experience, undeniable talent and an engaging personality, Jones said.

In the summer of 1991 McCoy lived and worked under the instruction of acclaimed British gardener Christopher Lloyd, an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), at Great Dixter in Sussex.

Since returning to Australia, he's been a regular contributor to national magazines and newspapers, and many international publications, including the British Gardens Illustrated.

McCoy has designed gardens in Victoria and Western Australia, and published two books.

He has been described as a compelling speaker. His blog The Gardenist was ranked as one of the top home blogs in Australia in 2012. McCoy will give two lectures during the event. A full programme will be available at the end of July.

"Last year was a seminal year for us, but with a new enthusiastic sponsor on board and lots of hard work we've doubled the number of tickets sold after 3000 tickets sold last year. It's a wonderful result and shows there is an audience for events centred around gardening and horticulture," Jones said.

Nelmac general manager Lee Babe said it was their second year of sponsoring the event and they were confident that the event would continue to build on the success of 2013.

"Nelmac Garden Marlborough is not just a major event for Marlborough - it's one of the country's leading garden festivals full-stop. We're just delighted to be involved," Babe said.