Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#16.1 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.

Universal Wellbeing PTY Limited
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

Baby, its cold outside! Or at least from where I’m sitting. If you’re also starting to feel the chill, we’ve got a story that might warm you up. Our heating feature this issue shows how you can seamlessly integrate some warmth into your garden design. There are plenty of options too, from firepits to bioethanol fireplaces — whatever tickles your fancy and warms the cockles of your heart. Always dreamt of becoming a green thumb but don’t know where to start? Our seeds and planting feature will set you on the right track. It covers how to prepare your soil, the best time of year to plant, how to actually sow a seed, handle seedlings and companion planting. You’ll be an expert in no time. There’s no doubt that water can make…

3 min
don't miss a beat

TRUFFLE HUNT Feeling a bit fancy? Check out the annual Truffle Festival at Borrodell Vineyard in Orange in central west New South Wales. To be held on June 30 and July 7 this year, the festival gives its lucky guests the opportunity to hunt for truffles with Bailey the dog and explore the oldest truffle trees on mainland Australia. After you’ve gathered your bounty, you can retreat to the warmth of the underground wine cellar to enjoy a five-course dinner and matching wines while listening to French-inspired live music. A charity auction will give you the chance to procure some exclusive items, including the Black Wasabi — the premium truffle unearthed on the night. Feel free to fill up on wine as the festival includes a courtesy bus to ship you…

6 min
water feature

JUST ADD WATER As with any decorative garden element, where you choose to place your water feature requires considerable thought. Do you want it to provide a subtle sense of calm from afar or catch the eye and draw attention? If it’s the latter, a water feature can be very effective placed at the end of a path where it entices you to venture further into the garden and explore — or you could use it to punctuate the point at which two or more paths intersect. This inverted bell-shaped water feature performs just such a function in this garden by Robert Boyle Landscape Design. The welcoming space is fully embraced by established plants, creating a cosy ambience, and the water feature itself in encircled by strappy liriope that settles it…

7 min
growing the menu

The first kitchen garden at the famed New South Wales restaurant Bells at Killcare was originally planted by former head chef, Cameron Cansdell. Surrounded by a large expanse of formal gardens, manicured lawns and immaculately trimmed box hedges, and protected by a rustic post-and-rail fence and giant scarecrow, this tennis court-sized garden appears as a rural remnant of the area’s farming origins. GARDEN GOODNESS It’s no leaf-perfect vegetable garden, either, but a working garden, and one of three organic gardens at the boutique hotel and restaurant. “It’s more than just the convenience of growing fresh herbs and vegetables close to the kitchen,” says Cameron. “It’s about being able to prepare and serve freshly picked vegetables to customers within a very short time to maximise flavour.” The kitchen gardens provide the Bells chefs with…

7 min
everything’s apples

On Queensland’s Darling Downs, 30km north of Toowoomba, lies the rural village of Hampton, home to Justin and Kylie Russell and their three children, Marley, 11, Monty, 9, and Fergus, 7. Their acre-and-a-half (0.6ha) property, Thistlebrook, was originally part of a dairy farm that was subdivided back in the 1970s. This region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range is not part of subtropical Queensland. According to Justin, it receives around 35 to 45 frosts between March and October. The temperature quite often drops to -5°C and occasionally as low as a rather chilly -8°C. Springtime is usually dry and the summer months warm to hot — and getting hotter, the Russells have observed. Rainfall is variable but the yearly average is around 1000mm. Since the disastrous floods of 2010, the…

3 min

POLAR OPPOSITES Boasting a bold and textured interior punctuated with impressive works of art, this home is made complete with a giant red polar bear in the fully tiled outside pond area. Originally featured in the Queensland Art Gallery, the sculpture by Scott Redford adds even more quirkiness to an already eccentric home. Surrounding the oversized arctic character is a combination of black tiles and white stone, resulting in an ultramodern relaxation space. However, while it may look serene now, it wasn’t the case when setting up the outdoor area. “The polar bear had to be craned into position,” says James Fleetwood of Fleetwood Building Design + Construction, the firm enlisted to update the flood-damaged home in Victoria. “As did the five large pots that were already there and needed to…