Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue13.6 2016

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

2 min
editor's note

In many places in Australia, we’re fortunate to have warm weather up until the end of autumn so we still have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and complete projects we’ve started. Now is as good a time as any to get into the backyard with the family and really make the most of it. As our population increases and our living spaces decrease in size, there is more of a need to get creative with garden design and find innovative ways to incorporate greenery and make the most of the space we have. We take a look at seven impressive vertical gardens, including a sustainable wall garden that was made using recyclable materials. Whether you live in the city or on acreage, our designer gardens this issue have you…

3 min
don't miss a beat

BIG RELEAF Following last year’s successful launch, garden RELEAF 2016 will be held on the weekend of 9-10 April. The event is all about getting into the garden to have fun and de-stress. Independent garden centres across Australia will hold enjoyable and informative events, and to raise funds for beyondblue, the theme of this year’s event is “something blue”. Blue plants will be available for purchase and garden centre staff will get into the spirit by wearing blue clothing, hats and wigs. garden RELEAF’s ambassadors this year include gardening royalty Johanna Griggs and Graham Ross. SAVE SPACE “Tools have always been hung on walls to help make a room feel wider but why stop with just tools? A high wall with a combination of sections and hooks can create great opportunities for…

4 min
the makers

SOUND OF SILENCE An impressive 5m-high green and water wall provide the backdrop for a large banquet seat in this Sydney courtyard. Originally, the view from the kitchen was of a tall masonry wall, which supported the upper parking and dominated the space. This design challenge was solved with the inclusion of the vertical garden and mirrored waterfall that works to soften this built form. Privacy and sound insulation were essential to the design as well. To help reduce the background noise of the busy Sydney Harbour, an acoustic engineer was engaged to advise on sound insulation. A special foam product was installed and disguised behind the green and boundary walls. The foam absorbs sound from the harbour and reduces the reverberation of sound waves to the internal rooms and courtyard…

6 min
living off the land

Our property, “Major’s Point”, is in southwest NSW in an area known as the Bland, near the tiny village of Quandialla. We farm 3170 hectares of beautiful sedimentary floodplain country, but as Dorothy Mackellar so beautifully put it, we live in “a land of drought and flooding rains”. We’ve experienced the extremes of both, but water is a big concern for us. I grew up living on an isolated farm in central west NSW where we ate what was in season from the farm and garden. We had lamb and milk from the farm, eggs from our chickens and fresh fruit and vegetables from Nanna’s huge, rambling garden. She had a massive clump of rhubarb, grapes, strawberries growing wild and large, old fruit trees for shade and fruit. I have the…

6 min
a subtropical paradise

“I see all insects and other creatures as having a place in a garden. If there is a problem with too many of one species, particularly pests, I view it as an imbalance in my gardening space and maybe a deficiency in predatory insects to take care of that particular species” Horticulture has always been a big part of my life. My childhood was filled with camellia shows, field trips with SGAP (the Society for Growing Australian Plants) and days spent in the garden with my grandmother, planting everything from snapdragons to dogwoods (Jacksonia scoparia), inspecting native beehives and striking plants from cuttings. My love of all things green has taken me on a career path, including retail nursery work, teaching horticulture at TAFE, writing for various horticultural publications and speaking at…

3 min
industrial revolution

When space is at a premium, special consideration is needed to design an outdoor space that not only looks good, but maximises every last inch of space. When your backyard is in such close proximity to your indoor spaces, it’s also essential to create a style that will blend seamlessly with your interior style — to enhance and extend it rather than detract from it. This is particularly the case with the popularity of open-plan living. An efficient design ensures that all spaces, both indoors and out, can be enjoyed as one. This project by Secret Gardens is the perfect example of how you can make the most out of the space you have in a city location while creating a cohesive and personalised look. For this project in the seaside…