Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue #17.4 2019

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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in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

A great way to give your outdoor space pizzazz is to have a focal point that screams class, style, chill… whatever you want it to scream, in fact. How to choose the right feature is the stumbling block for some people, though, which is why Karen Booth talks you through the process in this issue’s The Makers section. The furniture you place outside is also a crucial factor in your garden ambience, as well as your own comfort levels, so head over to page 82 for help selecting the perfect pieces for your plot. Just as important as aesthetics, of course, is safety, and we’ve got your back here, too. Whether it’s protective hand gear to ward off the bugs, or staying safe up ladders, catch our unmissable tips in the Yard…

4 min
don't miss a beat

INTERNATIONAL GARDEN FESTIVAL 2019 The 20th year of the International Garden Festival wowed the crowds in Canada, with its theme of “Playgrounds” throwing up a multitude of bright, colourful and fun interactive gardens provided by more than 70 architects, landscape architects and designers. Described by organisers as “child-friendly without being childish [and] adventurous without being unsafe”, the curated spaces were an invitation for young and old to interact with nature. Gardens on display included Silvia Bachetti and Agnese Casadio’s fiendishly simple but effective “Dirt Ground”, and Appareil Architecture’s puzzling but cute brick-built “Last Little Pig”. Mathilde Leveau and Ronan Virondaud’s atmospheric “Forest” looked like so much fun to explore, while Jose Luis Torres’s colourful hillside seating was a creative masterpiece. Extra-mural installations around Montreal included the Roofline Garden II by Julia Jamrozik and…

6 min
the makers

PAUSE AND PONDER Focal points don’t have to stand loud and proud. In fact, when it comes to the placement of sculpture and art, it can be all the more effective when nestled within a garden bed or placed in front of a vine-clad wall that provides a backdrop and textural contrast. Here, two Boulder sculptures from Entanglements emerge from the midst of a flourishing wildflower “meadow” overflowing with native plants. As your eyes sweep across a garden, focal points should be placed where you want to spark curiosity or where you’d like people to pause and ponder. The 3D-effect, layered-steel sculptures, each boasting a bolt detail and rust finish, lure the eye towards the carefully considered planting. At any given time there will be some plants in bloom, providing a…

3 min
a magical spot called home

When Trevor and Gillian Thornton’s daughter Victoria announced she was getting married to her partner Nathan, there was one place that sang out as the wedding venue — the Thorntons’ three-acre property in Nana Glen on the New South Wales mid-north coast. “We’re lucky to have Nana Creek running for about 100m along our border,” Trevor explains, “which affords us a majestic tree line that dominates the property and allows us recreational space along its length.” And the trickling creek isn’t just a delight to listen to — it’s home to a water dragon and various turtles, as well as bass and eel. This spectacular setting provided the perfect backdrop for Victoria’s big day. “The whole family gathered and we had friends from home and abroad,” Trevor reminisces happily. BE OUR GUEST On arrival, guests…

3 min
walking on air

Think you recognise Claudia Bowman, but not quite sure where from? If you’re an Airtasker fan, that’s probably the answer. Currently the face of the online task-sourcing site thanks to her prolific (and successful) pitches, Claudia now runs her own garden maintenance and design business, McIntosh & Bowman Gardens. At the beginning of the year, after 20 years working in hospitality, she decided to take her interest and passion for gardening to the next level. Enrolling in a Diploma of Horticulture at TAFE NSW Ryde, she studied part-time so she could also work on her business. “In the competitive industry of garden maintenance and design,” Claudia explains, “I knew that having an impressive, nationally recognised qualification would provide me with industry credibility and the knowledge to approach projects successfully, as well as…

2 min

A SLOW RISE In memory of her mother and grandmother who’d recently passed away, landscape design student Trish Morrison created a garden sanctuary for the Boutique Gardens Competition by Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers. A space to slow down and centre yourself while enjoying the beauty of nature, Remembrance is a reflection of the calm and joy Trish’s mother brought to her life. The garden features pretty coloured flowers in soft tones, a soothing water feature and a gorgeous swinging chair that overlooks the garden. NESTLED AMONG THE TREES Surrounded by trees that soar into the sky, this outdoor space is a rustic hideaway from the world. With lush greenery lining the path to this clearing and a wooden fence that mimics the form of the surrounding trees, this area is perfect for sitting…