Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#15.3 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

Like many metropolitan cities around the world, Sydney is facing the challenges of an increasing population. Rising property prices mean a substantial number of people can’t afford to buy houses and so for many, apartment living is the norm — not just for single people and couples, but families as well. This is unfortunate for those who have always dreamed of having a backyard to call their own, but it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s still very possible to create a flourishing garden on your balcony, but there is another way to satisfy your green thumb if you live in an apartment. An increasing number of communities around Sydney are turning patches of vacant land into community gardens where residents can grow their own produce. In Designer Gardens this…

4 min
don't miss a beat

FOLLOW US BUDDY UP In Australia, we’re blessed to have some of the most diverse wildlife in the world. More than 90 per cent of our plant species, 89 per cent of our marsupials, 87 per cent of our mammals and 45 per cent of our birds are found only in Australia. Unfortunately we also have the worst record for vascular plant and mammal extinctions in the world. Backyard Buddies — an environmental education initiative spearheaded by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) — may well play a significant part in creating a solution. Backyard Buddies is a free community environment initiative that raises awareness and provides information on native plants and animals that are likely to be seen in urban environments. Backyard Buddies has just launched its brand-new website…

4 min
the makers

PRETTY PASTELS Nothing says spring more than pretty pastel shades in soft pinks and minty greens. There are shimmering crystal glasses catching the warm spring sunshine to be filled with bubbling pink lemonade, delicious delicate pastries and treats laid out on a soft linen tablecloth to be nibbled and enjoyed. This spring, the picnic is under a leafy tree adorned with sculpted bunting. The table is decorated with cut-glass vases and bottles with a selection of spring blooms to celebrate the season. Why not have your next springtime get together under the shade of a tree, surrounded by pretty pastel things, yummy sweet treats, a beautiful view and maybe even a glass of sparkling — or two. CHICKEN DANCE If you’ve ever thought about keeping chickens before, spring is the perfect time…

5 min
urban abundance

Karel Vine and Anne-Louise Dampney share a passion for gardening but come from quite different life perspectives. Karel is an experienced counsellor, registered psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist. She started the garden in 1992 and recalls, “In the beginning there was only clay, weeds and building rubble.” Anne-Louise has been an enthusiastic gardener since she was a child and has always had a passion for nature, art and design. She has a very practical approach to finding creative solutions to difficult problems and has a keen eye for the unusual, whether it’s quirky plants or unique artworks. With an excellent working knowledge of horticulture, landscaping and garden design, she runs her own business, InsideOut. Anne-Louise started working in the garden, Krackatinni, in 2005 and the rest, as they say, is history. Together, this…

7 min
beyond the back fence

It all began three-and-a-half years ago with a small veggie patch and a large area of concrete. In 2005, I decided to add two ponds and a small bridge to my garden to create a more relaxing, aesthetically pleasing landscape. I later installed a water tank linked to my toilet to cut down on our water usage. Little did I know these were the first steps in a long journey toward the creation of a sustainable and productive garden. I wanted to reap more from my land. I was tired of buying tasteless supermarket produce and not being aware of where it came from or what chemicals it had been treated with. Plus, given my full-time workload, I needed and wanted to establish garden beds that did not require an excessive amount…

2 min

JUMP IN There’s no doubt the Australian backyard comes in all shapes and sizes, and a perfect example is this residence by Emma Mitchell Architects. Located in Anglesea, a town situated along the Great Ocean Road of Victoria, the residence, known as A Postcard Home, features two deck areas. The “plunge pool deck” is orientated to catch the lateafternoon sun and has ground access. The family use this space to get together at the end of a long day and have a few drinks before dinner. Made by Australian Plunge Pools, the pool is heated, which is essential in Victoria as the family wanted to enjoy it year-round. The north-eastfacing “morning deck” on the other side of the house sits higher to take advantage of the superb coastline views. The homeowners say…