Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#14.5 2017

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

After recently returning from a month-long honeymoon in Europe, it was goodbye down jacket and hello Havaianas. While the honeymoon was over (literally), thankfully there was a silver lining — after a month of beanies and boots, I couldn’t have been happier to come home to our balmy weather. There’s nothing like a few sunny summer days to cure your post-holiday blues. However, like our insects and sea life, the Aussie sun has a reputation of being brutal, so if you love spending time outdoors, investing in some outdoor shade is paramount. Luckily, our backyard shade story has you covered (sorry, I couldn’t resist). From permanent structures such as pergolas to more temporary solutions such as umbrellas, there is something to match every situation and budget. Just as the word suggests,…

4 min
don't miss a beat

FRESH START The Cellar Room, a business combining a bar, restaurant and shop, has become a mecca for Melbourne lovers of fresh food and fresh air. Located in the town square area of the revamped Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood, The Cellar Room has a rooftop vegetable garden, designed by Phillip Withers, planted with vegies, herbs and fruit trees ranging from citrus to olives. This provides fresh produce for the restaurant and a serene space where local workers lunch during the week and foodies flock on the weekend, drawn by the chance to relax beneath a rustic timber pergola and dine surrounded by an abundance of edible plants. This is the perfect space to get your daily dose of vegies and vitamin D. TAKE A SEAT If you’re the handy type, find…

6 min
the makers

HEAD EAST An outdoor sitting room equipped with a fireplace and decorated with Eastern-style art, an elegant pond with bubbling water jets, a planting palette that is lush and green — the landscaped surrounds of this contemporary Sydney residence are designed to draw you outside and provide life-affirming views when looking out from inside the home. Of modern design, the truly extensive hardwood deck, which is accessed via bi-fold doors, is a crucial linking element of the design and ensures an easy flow from inside to out. One part of the deck features a large rectangular pond that sits flush with the decking boards. The pebble-filled pond has three water jets and a backdrop of leafy tropical-style plantings. The pond has three water jets and its bottom is lined with pebbles…

6 min
a forest garden

“In a good year, with lots of rain and heat at the right time, our forest garden is one big party of flowers, fruit, leafy greens, nuts and berries” The edible forest garden at Milkwood Farm is a place of beauty, shade, flowers and year-round food. With a focus on perennial foods, over the past five years we’ve planted a wide range of fruit and nut trees, under which grow shrubs, berries, herbs and greens, which all flower, fruit and seed at different times of the year, ensuring a four-season supply of goodness to our kitchen. A forest garden, or food forest, is a magnificent addition to any backyard or farm. If you have just a little space you can plant a micro forest garden, which can be as small as just…

7 min
in organic harmony

Warrah Farm came out of the founding impulse of Karl and Hannelore Kaltenbach, who wanted to start an initiative that would provide skills and work for adults with disabilities. It was established in the late 1960s on what is now a 30-acre (just over 12ha) property in Dural in the north-west of Sydney. The biodynamic industry was indeed very small at that time but has grown exponentially over the decades. Despite ups and downs and staying small, the name of Warrah Farm continues to carry authenticity in the organic/ biodynamic industry. Warrah’s primary task has always been to provide services and support to people with intellectual disabilities. There are long-term residents who have called Warrah home for many years — some, in fact, have resided here since Warrah’s early days. Our approach is…

3 min
best in show

“We wanted to show that plants can and should form the foundation of a great garden and that hedges and evergreens can provide the bones for a year-round look that supports and highlights flowers and edibles” As the 2016 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show was celebrating 40 years of “greening” Australia, Joby and Carolyn Blackman of Vivid Design knew they had to create an unforgettable space — hence, The Greenery Garden. The brief for their display garden revolved around designing a space that would flourish throughout the seasons, ultimately presenting a space that is quintessentially Melbourne: clean, sophisticated and stylish. Opting to use tried-and-true greenery, Joby and Carolyn were keen to demonstrate that plants can still play a starring role in a garden’s design. “We wanted to show plants can and…