Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue 14.1 2016

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

2 min
editor's note

As we head into winter, it’s important to maintain our outdoor areas so it doesn’t become a rush to get them ready when spring comes around. So how do you give your backyard the TLC that it deserves during the cooler months? Our Maintenance Guide this issue is a great place to start. Learn how to freshen outdoor furniture, care for pavers, revive timber surfaces and change your cladding in no time. Plus, put away that take-away pizza menu, as we’ve got something better in store. Nothing beats the flavour (and smell) of a delicious wood-fired pizza and the process of making it in your own backyard is just as special. We take a look at seven wood-fired and pizza ovens that are not only handy at making a gourmet meal…

3 min
don't miss a beat

DO IT YOURSELF Renowned online furniture retailer Milan Direct has recently launched its new online DIY store, MD Finishings. As well supplying a wide range of interior items from shower heads to wallpaper, the website supplies a variety of outdoor finishings including raised garden beds, pet enclosures, fencing, solar lighting and sandpits, perfect for that backyard renovation or DIY project. Pictured is the Glowpear self-watering urban garden planter, which comes with a convenient built-in water reservoir and can be wheeled indoors at night or when the weather is a bit wild. VIVA MEXICO Mexican-inspired birthday parties, baby showers and weddings are fast becoming a trend. As the culture is so full of life, colour and flavour, it’s little wonder that people are using its style to create a fun atmosphere and party…

4 min
the makers

MEXICAN FLAVOUR Fitting hand in glove with its coastal location, this enchanting garden on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is a testament to creative design and canny plant selection. Reminiscent of a Mexican adobe, this unique pizza oven is like a work of art. Under the guiding hand of designer Clive Abben of Abben Art Garden Design, the pizza oven and outdoor seating area were built by local craftsmen and the structural steel panels made by a local artist. As sustainability was a major focus of the design, the pizza oven doors were taken from an old wood-burning stove and recycled pier timbers were used to build the seating area. “The homeowners’ brief was for a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Somewhere they could use for entertaining or…

6 min
living the dream

Ashley and Jason Bartner kicked off a three-month Italian food adventure with planned cooking and produce classes on farms, nonnas and artisans to visit and secrets to be gleaned from great Michelin chefs, who were allowing them into their kitchens. In their first week, they headed to the country. The moment they pulled off the rural lane and arrived at La Tavola Marche, with its beautiful 300-year-old stone farmhouse, they knew instantly they were in for a treat. They were welcomed by the happy hosts’ beaming smiles and “buongiorno” said with such Italian-sounding accents that they almost forgot they were Americans. The couple spent their honeymoon in Italy and fell in love with the country and everything about it. “Not only was Italian food not what we expected, but tomatoes tasted like…

4 min
a rich tapestry

A rare, heritage-style garden with a jewel-like presence, Wendouree is situated in the heart of Camberwell’s “Golden Mile”. My company, Tom’s Secret Garden, has managed this large-scale ornamental garden since 2009, including the implementation of a completely organic and sustainable approach that ensures all of the plants are maintained in superb health with minimal intervention outside their natural growth habits. I was recommended to the owners of the property, the Hunt family, to bring to life the environmentally sensitive planting scheme and to also develop an organic kitchen garden. Both ornamental and edible garden areas are now flourishing — so much so that the owners won the Sustainable Gardens Category Gold Award in Boroondara’s Sustainability Awards, 2011. Tom’s Secret Garden also received the Landscape Management and Maintenance Award 2011 at the…

3 min
counting sheep

A garden can really add character to a home and can sometimes even become a local landmark or point of interest. Every once in a while, a garden comes along that is truly special; one that completely transforms a space and impresses from every vantage point; that leads visitors on a path of discovery and inspires them. Located approximately 12km east of the Melbourne CBD in the suburb of Malvern East, this project by Lisa Ellis of Lisa Ellis Gardens is a beautifully balanced fusion of contemporary and quirky styles. With a keen appreciation for art and sculpture, the clients were keen to invest in their garden to add further enjoyment to their home life. The brief was for a modern garden that would incorporate their existing sculptures — a collection…