Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
A husband and wife design and horticulture team has opened a new garden nursery on Kyneton's historic Piper Street. Margot and James McDonald's new plants and garden wares store, The Garden Tap, is situated on the site of Kyneton's famous 146 year old butter and cheese factory.

Margot McDonald was Channel 31's producer and host of the popular gardening nursery show "The Garden Tap" for four years. In the show's run, Margot broadcast over 100 episodes of secret garden tips and techniques. All that time, the busy mum-of-two was running a gardening and landscape design business in Melbourne.

Margot has brought her unique expertise to the heart of the Macedon Ranges along with husband James - a graphics and garden designer. Adopting the same name as the TV show, the couple's store has created a European-style country garden nursery and accessories outlet next door to the Stockroom Art Gallery Complex.

Having travelled extensively throughout Victoria while filming her Garden Tap series, Margot developed a strong affinity and love for the Macedon Ranges. And when hubby James parted ways with the Melbourne advertising agency he'd worked with for many years, the couple decided to try and create their dream business; one that combined their passion for plants, their love of art and design, and the experience of country life.

Speaking as the couple put the finishing touches to their garden nursery premises at 96 Piper Street, Margot said:

"While doing the TV show, I found people were always looking for unique and inspirational ideas for their own gardens. James and I think that ideas often flow when nature meets art - so we've sourced unusual and rare frost-hardy plants, alongside quirky metalworks by local artists. We've tried to create a cross between a local garden centre and boutique art gallery."

Margot also loves the challenge of finding and using recycled materials so there is an ever changing range of vintage garden pieces as well as the contemporary. The couple hope that their secret garden environment becomes a space where Kyneton locals and folks on Melbourne day trips can pop in to pick up expert advice and fresh ideas for their own dream gardens.

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