Be­hind The Scenes

The de­light­ful duo team up to cel­e­brate phi­lan­thropist Dame Elis­a­beth Mur­doch’s famed gar­den, Cruden Farm

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It’s one of the most beau­ti­ful and cel­e­brated gar­dens in Aus­tralia and hav­ing been nur­tured n more than eight decades d by Dame Elis­a­beth Mur­doch, M Cruden Farm is a fl flour­ish­ing sanc­tu­ary that c con­tin­ues to thrive to­day. Filmed over a year, TV spe­cial In­side Dame Elis­a­beth’s Gar­den cel­e­brates the 90th an­niver­sary of the tran­quil es­tate on Vic­to­ria’s Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula. Land­scape de­signer and friend of Cruden Farm, Paul Ban­gay, and cel­e­brated chef Mag­gie Beer present the spe­cial as they tour the his­toric grounds... Paul, this is your first foray in to TV. How did it come about? I’ve worked for the Mur­doch fam­ily for quite a while, and I knew Dame Elis­a­beth and I’m a gar­dener so it’s a nat­u­ral fit. Plus, work­ing with Mag­gie Beer – how could I re­sist work­ing with the best?!

Mag­gie, Mag­gie what hat at­tracted you o to this project? I'm very picky about what I do but it was the com­bi­na­tion of wish­ing I'd met Dame Elis­a­beth and the op­por­tu­nity to work with Paul. Has Paul taught you things you can do at home in your gar­den? Ab­so­lutely, I learn from Paul all the time and I see what he's done at his prop­erty – it's for­mal and beau­ti­ful, yet has a wild­ness about it. What I love is you can come to a gar­den like mine and love it, too! Paul, what makes a suc­cess­ful gar­den? A sign of a suc­cess­ful gar­den is one that re­flects your per­son­al­ity, and Mag­gie's cer­tainly does – in a good way! You see so many places where the gar­dens have been de­signed by other peo­ple and the own­ers don't love it. Mag­gie's works be­cause it's a re­flec­tion of her. Paul, why should peo­ple tune in to the show? I think a lot of Aus­tralians are pas­sion­ate about gar­den­ing and this is a very per­sonal gar­den, cre­ated by some­one who wasn't a pro­fes­sional. Peo­ple will take a lot away from it. Dame Elis­a­beth didn't have any train­ing and didn't have a de­signer but learned as she went along and view­ers will be in­spired by it. IN­SIDE DAME ELIS­A­BETH’S GAR­DEN Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Fox­tel Life­style

Mag­gie works on the menu for Cruden Farm’s 90th birth­day party – with a lit­tle help from Paul!

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