Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#15.6 2018

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

It’s autumn and what a beautiful time of year. In many parts of Australia, it’s still warm enough to do all the outdoor activities you did in summer, while in others it’s starting to get a bit fresh. Some Aussies will be cheering the cool change after those humid summer nights. As the weather gets colder, it’s the perfect time to start planning the maintenance of your backyard, after all, no one wants to work hard in the garden when it’s more than 30 degrees outside. While maintenance year-round is essential, you can get into the nitty gritty of backyard care in these milder conditions. The outdoor maintenance feature in this issue will inspire you to take on those tasks that have been niggling away at you throughout summer. Speaking of…

3 min
don't miss a beat

SEA THIS ART? Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi is one of Sydney’s most popular events, with up to 500,000 visitors each year. Staged on the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, this free-to-the-public exhibition captures the imagination of Sydney and its visitors for three weeks each spring. Axolotl Art Projects was a Supporting Partner at last year’s event, providing significant contribution in the form of materials and artisan support to four artists including Marcel Cousins, who was responsible for the work pictured. Entitled Flower Pot, it was made to be a three-dimensional experience. Like a Japanese garden, the work aims to represent an experience of nature, but one that has been manipulated and highly stylised. Be sure to check out this year’s instalment in spring — you won’t be disappointed.…

6 min
the makers

FOR THE URBAN FARMER Self-watering planters are a great way to grow herbs and veggies, especially in urban courtyards and on decks, patios or balconies — in fact, anywhere it’s not possible to have a conventional garden bed. The GlowPear Urban Garden planter is a perfect example. The planter can be used on its own or easily linked with other planters in a modular fashion. It’s also self-watering, using capillary action to minimise evaporation and automatically deliver water to the plants when its needed. This is a real boon for the time-poor — and the forgetful. The design is another major benefit. It is modern and sleek so fits in perfectly with just about any outdoor (or indoor) design, and it is made from recyclable materials, which is a big plus…

4 min
sophia’s choice

What began as a small veggie patch is, today, the ultimate food-garden sanctuary. Located in Armadale, Victoria, the garden is not only pleasing to look at, with its array of colours and textures, but is edible too. Sophia Konstantyniuk wanted to create an abundant veggie garden, so she called on garden designer Chris Williams to transform her blank canvas of Kikuyu lawn, a few trees, a Hills Hoist and a crumbling incinerator into an oasis of colour and flavour. Calling a designer is sometimes a good idea to get you started on a gardening odyssey because they can offer new ideas for plants and design. Chris decided to create an edible landscape using organic methods and to make the garden both productive and beautiful. And he had the perfect opportunity to let…

5 min
surrounded by nature

Although not far from Sydney’s centre as the crow flies, Glenorie is home to abundant native fauna and flora, including black cockatoos, king parrots, powerful owls and gang gang cockatoos, as well as black-faced swamp wallabies, goannas, red-belly black snakes and green tree snakes. The beauty of this alluring bushland haven prompted a group of conservation-minded locals to come together two decades ago to protect what they had. GOING WILD Jocelyn Anderson, her husband Merlin and their family, had been living on their bush property north-west of Sydney for about 10 years when one of their neighbours suggested forming a wildlife refuge together, and they were keen to get involved. Several landowners put in a submission to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to manage their properties for conservation, providing a…

3 min

A FRENCH TWIST If anybody knows how to create picturesque gardens, it’s the French, and David Price Design has brought an authentic touch of Provence to this inviting outdoor space. This beauty in the south of France sits on a 12-hectare plot that houses a south-facing pool surrounded by Perigord stone, a veggie garden, manicured lines of well-tended olive trees and an alfresco dining area boasting a whimsical wisteria canopy. Locally procured materials — like the monolithic stone pillars sourced from a nearby quarry — feature prominently throughout the gorgeous grounds, as do charming water features that bring a sense of calm and serenity to the quaint setting. COSY COASTAL CRIB What do you get when you combine an outdated 1920s California bungalow with the talented architects from Sydney firm Utz-Sanby? You…