Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#15.4 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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2 min
editor's note

Grab your hat and your sunscreen, it’s time to get out into the garden. We’ve got plenty of inspiration this issue, all you need is a clear day and some trusty gardening equipment. There’s nothing more satisfying, healthy and delicious than eating veggies grown in your very own yard. If you’ve been dreaming of starting your own vegetable garden for a while now, our veggie patch feature is a good place to start. Packed full of information, including the type of garden bed to select, planting seedlings, watering and conditioning soil, this feature will have you growing your own produce in no time. Later on in This Weekend, we show you how to create a sustainable garden, grow more nutritious plants, improve your soil and keep pests at bay with Earthlife mineral…

4 min
don't miss a beat

FOLLOW US BackyardGardenDesignIdeasMagazine outdoor-living TO BE SEEN To celebrate designer Marc Ange joining the team, The Invisible Collection presented the Imaginary World of Marc Ange, a collaboration between the designer and The Green Gallery, at Milan Design Week 2017. It was within the flourishing green space at the Hotel Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition within the Mediateca di Santa Teresa in the heart of Milan that Le Refuge was unveiled for the first time. “Le Refuge is a place where one finds comfort and peace. It is the projection of a childhood memory. Its large leaves form a shelter under the sun, away from reality, just like those of the imaginary jungle that grows in the room of a child who seeks escape,” says Marc. “Inspired by nature’s infinite beauty, The Green Gallery creates a magical…

6 min
the makers

PIPE DREAMS This one-of-a-kind boutique garden was designed to be a hidden oasis in the midst of the city; a place where you could stop, relax and just breathe. The relaxation zone of the garden centres on the moon gate-style built-in daybed. From the cushioned comfort of the daybed, you can let the stresses of the day melt away as you watch the gentle flames of the firepit and the rippling water of the raised pond. The firepit, which is built into the pond, was constructed out of a concrete pipe, as was the pond itself and the surrounds of the daybed. The concrete contrasts with the reclaimed timber cladding used in the construction of the daybed and complements the built-in planters that flank it. Bamboo screening adds a Japanese influence…

6 min
patch pride

Meeting enthusiastic gardeners is never less than rewarding, especially when they want to learn and share. I met John Scott a few years ago at a garden show, where he told me all about his productive garden and invited me to visit. As you can see, I did just that. John had wanted to grow his own organic food because he’d become disillusioned with commercial food production, its delivery system and the fall in its nutritional value. “I got tired of so-called fresh food coming from the other side of the world,” he says. “I want fresh food to come from as close to home as possible.” He wanted to be able to get food he knew had been grown in nutrient-rich soil — without the use chemicals. And he he wanted…

6 min
continuing tradition

Joe Paola started gardening around the age of three in Conflenti, a small Calabrian town just above the foot of Italy. His inspiration and guiding lights were his parents, Antonio and Giovanna. “We were passionate about how we lived and how we farmed animals and grew vegetables,” Joe recalls. “I owned a small patch of soil and grew beans and potatoes. It was exciting and fun. “Mama and Papa grew tomatoes, capsicum, cucumbers, chestnuts, grapevines, Morello cherries and especially wheat. We milled our own flour from it. We had plenty of livestock growing up that included goats, cows and chickens.” It was a beginning that led naturally to a lifetime commitment to organic gardening. “If you have the opportunity to grow an organic, healthy food source, in the end you will be healthier…

3 min

CHATSWOOD CHARM Homeowner and architect Fadi Fadhil is responsible for ushering what was once a very tired four-bedroom semi, located in Chatswood on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, into the 21st century, while simultaneously bringing the outdoors in and vice versa. The renovated home has become a sculptural masterpiece that includes a rear garden conducive to alfresco family living. The two children of the house are aged six and 16, so the swimming pool is an ideal addition for both the kids and their parents. A frameless glass pool fence gives the illusion of space in what is a fairly restricted area and the Di Lorenzo pool tiles tie in with the cute little furnished corner where the kids can chill and chat. With nature as his muse, Fadi used…