Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#16.4 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

If you are lucky enough to have a backyard, don’t waste it. Make sure you do something special with it. If you’ve got the space, why not make it your own and add personality to it? The right finishing touches can really draw people into your outdoor area, dazzle guests, and make it a place that you and your family want to spend time in. In our Furniture and Decor feature this issue, we show you how the right products can not only personalise your backyard, but make it attractive, functional and appealing. Not really a dog or a cat person? Why not be a duck person — or a miniature duck person to be exact. In Yard Shop this issue, we give you the lowdown on smaller breeds of duck.…

2 min
don't miss a beat

YAAAS QUEENSLAND The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) announced the winners of the 2018 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards at an event in Brisbane in June this year. The awards acknowledged 28 winners over 12 categories, celebrating leading projects of all sizes across regional and metropolitan Queensland. The annual awards program acknowledges the growing impact of landscape architecture on the spaces we inhabit. It also recognises projects that stand out for their innovative approaches that push the boundaries of design, or are considered to be of state significance. LIT UP At Backyard magazine we are all about the rustic look and a little bit of DIY. That’s why we are swooning over this image from The Normans Wedding Venue in York in the United Kingdom. With a few burlap sacks, chopped wood,…

5 min
the makers

EVERY DAY’S A HOLIDAY When designing their gardens, many people take inspiration from their favourite holiday destination. That might be a resort in some far-flung location or it might well be somewhere closer to home, like Byron Bay in New South Wales. Burrowed deep within the coastal town’s market precinct and set across from a nature reserve, The Barefoot Bay Cottage is a boutique holiday house with a delightful surprise — an open-air bathing area. This is located on the property’s huge, covered wrap-around deck, just off the master bedroom. For this space, multi-disciplinary design studio The Designory selected a curvy white Oman bathtub by Apaiser and teamed it with an elongated Pinch floor-mounted tap in graphite from Rogerseller. For a place to rest a glass of something chilled, there is…

6 min
a bee haven

Danny and his wife Carolyn have lived near Murgon in south-east Queensland for 15 years. Both have a passion for art; while Carolyn loves to draw and paint, Danny creates installations for the garden using recycled materials. He especially loves to collect old electricity post insulators and install them as garden decor. Danny feels sentimental about burning the old timber. “It’s too sad to burn history,” he says. He’s fascinated by the antique ceramic insulators and says the workmanship in them is incredible. “They look as good as new — I wish I looked as good at 60 years old,” he jokes. FOR THE LOVE OF BEES Danny hesitates to admit that bees are his passion, but he’s a dedicated member of Valley Bees, a very active and knowledgeable bee group based in…

6 min
planting seeds of knowledge

Benarkin Primary State School, near Blackbutt, an hour-and-a-half north-west of Brisbane, has had a gardening program for eight years now involving an average of 24 students in classes K–6. This beautiful and resourceful kitchen-garden education facility is under the watchful eye of Chris James, a leading teacher aide and passionate folk artist, gardener and educator. Chris grew up on a dairy farm in Buderim and has always had a connection to nature and soil through gardening. The school garden is a reflection of Chris’s wealth of horticultural knowledge. This school is incorporating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and received a $60,000 government grant to purchase raised garden beds, connect the garden to a drip-irrigation system and build a beautiful kitchen. However, once the funding ran out, the program needed to sustain itself…

2 min

FORM AND FUNCTION When it comes to your backyard, blending style and practicality is of utmost importance. This incredible home in Pauanui, New Zealand, by Jessop Architects is anything but your average outdoor space. It provides ample room for entertaining, while the open-plan interior beckons the outdoors in. The addition of durable furniture means alfresco dining is always on the cards. This is outdoor living at its best. THE GREAT OUTDOORS This incredible backyard has us dreaming of warm nights and cool drinks. A contemporary design and elegant furnishings turn a simple space into a stylish and modern getaway. The addition of the pool also adds a splash of refreshment and luxury. Here’s proof that you don’t need a lot of land to make a big impact. YOU LITTLE BEAUTY When builder Nye…