Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#15.5 2018

Welcome to the new-look Backyard, the magazine for those who don’t just dream of an amazing garden, they want to get out there and make it happen. If the backyard is where you gather with family and friends; if you want to do more in your backyard, be that build a garden bed or lay some paving; and if you want to get your kids involved too, Backyard is what you need. Backyard covers a wide range of topics for the consumer who is doing a complete makeover. Including but not limited to Planning a Garden, Makeover Ideas, Design Advice, Water Wise Gardening, Outdoor Lighting, Pool Design, Outdoor Furniture, Garden Art, Shade Solutions and Paving Options. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor's note

About five years ago, my husband and I purchased a gorgeous four-bedroom home on NSW’s Central Coast. It was like something out of a storybook, located on a quiet cul-de-sac and equipped with an impressive outdoor area and swimming pool. While we had every intention of making it our future family home, we have decided to sell it as we work in Sydney and the commute was too taxing for us. Over the last few months, we have been busy getting the house and garden into top shape. We cleaned the paved areas with a high-pressure hose, re-oiled the decking, laid new pebbles on the paths and called on the expertise of a pool specialist to ensure the pool was sparkling. While it was a bit of hard yakka, it taught…

3 min
don't miss a beat

FLOWER POWER Governor of New South Wales, David Hurley, and wife Linda Hurley have dedicated a new rose in honour of all the wives of Governors of New South Wales throughout history. “Our nation was founded on many qualities and one often overlooked is the strength, resilience and dedication of the Governors’ wives, who contributed greatly to the building of our modern nation,” says Linda. The Governor’s Wife rose was bred by Richard and Ruth Walsh and The Rose Society of NSW, who collaborated with Linda Hurley, as co-patron, to create a small but attractive grandiflora rose with clusters of blooms which are a blend of pink, red and orange. “The blending of such colours is symbolic of the blending of the many skills, activities, beauty and personalities of the women…

6 min
the makers

IT’S TUB TIME If you have a claw-foot bath tub that has outlived its usefulness, why not turn it into an outdoor sofa or chair? Just such a thought occurred to three landscape design students from Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology — Dale Johnson, Liz Beale and Ross Peck — whose tub-turned-backyard-seat was the highlight of their Awash With Nature display garden for the 2017 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The tub’s rusted exterior adds character while the white enamelled interior provides a cool, smooth back rest which is a blessing in summer. The final touch is a custom-made, well-padded seat cushion with some scatter cushions for maximum comfort. If you Google the topic, you’ll find online tutorials that will guide you through the process of transforming an old cast…

6 min
a bloke and his block

Imagine the havoc an errant broody hen and chicks could create in a picture-perfect veggie and flower garden. Though not a regular catastrophe for Ian Nash, it’s one of the challenges he works with on his two-acre (almost one hectare) house block in Teesdale in rural Victoria. Ian has combined his love of horticulture with an equal passion for purebred fowls. His stunning Silkies and Hamburg chickens have spacious, well-maintained yards and, in the main, the birds are kept separate from the gardening area. LANDSCAPE ROOTS A landscape gardener, Ian specialises in the restoration and maintenance of traditional homestead gardens. From this he has learnt the clever use of hardy plants and waterwise techniques that are as as relevant today as when originally established a century ago. Ian credits his current passions with growing…

7 min
under the mango tree

Dan and I moved to the mid-north coast of NSW 14 years ago when we purchased an 810-square-metre block, home to an old fibro cottage and a magnificent mango tree. Over the years we have removed, planted, transplanted and replanted many trees and shrubs to create what is now a densely populated garden. From the beginning we were blessed with good topsoil that has slowly been delivered to us from Big Brother Mountain, which sits directly behind us to the west. In summer, he protects us from the westerly heat and winds (our block faces east-west). Over the years I have collected all my neighbours’ grass clippings, which would have been thrown into the bush, and redirected them to our garden as mulch. This, in turn, has built a couple of inches…

2 min

NATURE AND NURTURE What do you get when you combine an outdated 1920s California bungalow with the talented architects from Sydney firm Utz-Sanby? You get a seriously modern upgrade with an envy-inducing, neighbour magnet of a backyard. The home sits on a gently sloping block on Sydney’s Lower North Shore where the clients — a family of four — enjoy a covered deck, barbecue, firepit, sunken spa, pond, abundant garden beds, lawn and all-round happy outdoor family times. “The clients saw the potential to have a beautiful garden and renovated the house to take advantage of the sloping block, while retaining the character and details of the original home,” says architect Kristin Utz. “We were all in agreement that the established trees (eucalypts and crepe myrtle) were to be retained. The…