Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue #17.5 2020

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

So far it’s been a long, hot, dry summer for huge swathes of the country, and many people are still recovering from the devastation of terrifying fires and catastrophic drought. There’s no doubt our land is struggling as the climate changes but, Aussies being Aussies, we’re all happy to pull together, buckle down and do our bit. And in our own backyards is where we can do more than just a bit. For our gardens to be waterwise we need to be ticking off a few fundamental things from the checklist: choosing the right design, selecting the right plants, and minimising our water use. Luckily, we’ve covered all these topics and more in this special Waterwise edition of Backyard, in which you can learn about the different types of soils, all sorts…

3 min
don't miss a beat

MULTITASKING WITH FIRE Is it a stove? Is it a barbecue? Is it a pizza oven? Is it a firepit? Meet the Noori Rocket Stove, all those things and possibly even more, in one moveable piece. Meaning “my fire, my light” in ancient languages such as Arab and Hindu, Noori was created by friends Eduardo Gayotto (designer), Plinio Ruschi (environmental engineer) and Pedro Heldt (architect), who wanted to bring fire and cooking back into the core of our rituals. To maintain the heat, and protect the external contact with the metal, they built the body with refractory concrete. The modularity of the concrete and the pipe enabled the addition of the barbecue and a refractory disk, specially designed to resist the high temperatures, meant they could then add the pizza oven…

5 min
the makers

TAKE A TREE A beautiful boab tree can be a dynamic focal point, even in a small space. This petite courtyard garden features a striking robust tree, stretching skyward, drawing the eye up. Drought-hardy succulents and mondo grasses with larger rocks also feature in the space. Meticulously positioned smooth grey pebbles form a wave, which emulates the flow of running water. The architecture and materials used in the home were replicated in the garden, ensuring an easy indoor-outdoor transition. The warmth of natural stone and the interplay of textures creates a relaxing Zen-like space, which can be appreciated as the homeowners move from one area of the property to another. The garden pays homage to the concept of the traditional Japanese courtyard, with the use of stone and wave-like rock formations, while…

5 min
australia’s first indigenous rooftop farm

Woiwurrung and Maneroo man Christian Hampson and Mindjingbal-Bundjalung man Clarence Slockee envisioned a hub for community as well as a central source of sustainable food when they founded Australia’s first Indigenous rooftop garden. Yerrabingin, on the fourth storey in Sydney’s South Eveleigh precinct, was a collaborative project initiated with the assistance of real estate business Mirvac. The 500sqm space is home to more than 2000 medicinal plants and bush foods, which supply Sydney restaurants. Yerrabingin is providing workshops, education and, most importantly, jobs and opportunities for Indigenous people to work on the gardens and behind the scenes to organise workshops and events. Christian and Clarence initially envisaged a landscape garden within the precinct. It was the vision and suggestion of Mirvac that the duo instead plan and implement a rooftop farm. “I have extensive…

3 min

HIDDEN OASIS Nestled in an inner-city suburb in Melbourne, the owners of this garden wanted a peaceful and secluded oasis from the hustle and bustle of their area. The extensive foliage and ornamental grapevine around the pergola make the space feel lush and peaceful — a private sanctuary. The vine also helps shade the outdoor and nearby indoor spaces in hot summers, creating a space that can be used all year round. Privacy from neighbours is created with magnolia trees, which act as screening along the side of the house, and bamboo that encloses the space at the back. A BREAK FROM SUBURBIA After their previous garden died in the drought, the owners of this backyard wanted a sustainable garden they could grow their own veggies in to help them forget they…

3 min
book club

THE BOXED GARDEN PAUL BANGAY THAMES & HUDSON | $39.95 Revelling in the possibilities that can be unearthed in a small garden, this book will change your outlook on small spaces. Based on a wealth of knowledge, The Boxed Garden provides a creative take on the tools and strategies needed to help you make the most of the garden you’ve got. Learn from an expert about outdoor garden construction, ground plans and ornamentation matched to the Australian way of life. This is a tome for anyone with limited outdoor spaces who’s looking to be imaginative and transcend barriers. THE RODALE BOOK OF COMPOSTING GRACE GERSHUNY & DEBORAH L. MARTIN PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | $18.99 A book for all gardeners and environmentally-conscious people, this guide provides you with the latest techniques, technology and equipment in composting. With composting…