Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue14.2 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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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor's note

In the middle of winter, many people stay indoors to keep warm and the backyard is completely abandoned but that needn’t be the case. Just as you put a doona on your bed, reach for the throw or turn on the heater to make things a little more comfortable inside, it’s well and truly time to gear up that outdoor heating as well. In many parts of Australia the weather is mild enough that there is no need to retreat to the indoors through winter anyway. The latest technology in outdoor heating means we can enjoy our outside areas in the cooler weather, making the most of our favourite space year-round. Our heating guide showcases a range of modern outdoor heating solutions that will add warmth as well as style and…

3 min
don't miss a beat

TIME TO REFLECT The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) wowed industry professionals and garden enthusiasts alike in its 21st year. People flocked to the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens to witness the first-class show gardens and striking floral exhibits on display during the five-day event. “Over the years the show has continued to become more accessible to a wider audience and that’s one of the best things about it. No matter who you are or what your knowledge of gardening is, you can pop along and take away lots of inspiration,” says MIFGS event manager Kathleen Rushford. Congratulations to Ian Barker Gardens for taking home a Gold Show Garden Award. The garden titled, Reflection, encouraged visitors to stop for a moment to reflect and bask in the sunshine. GREAT…

4 min
the makers

AHOY MATEY It’s no secret that kids love to role play so why not create the perfect environment for it in the backyard? They can sail the seven seas searching for treasure in this nifty KidKraft Pirate wooden sandbox. Made from weather-resistant Sanmu wood, this cool sandbox features colourful pirate-themed artwork and a steering wheel at the front. It’s large enough so that multiple kids can play at once — perfect for sibling play or play dates with friends. There is even a storage space for housing sand toys including buckets and shovels. The shade canopy provides much-needed shade from the hot sun, as well. The sandbox comes as a flat pack that requires at-home assembly so it’s ideal for that weekend IT’S A SECRET Making your backyard kid-friendly doesn’t mean you…

5 min
good enough to eat

Jennie and John wanted their inner-city garden to be both ornamental and productive, as well as beautiful to look at, but like many people they sought help with setting it up and ensuring it followed organic principles. In our organic garden-care business we are approached more and more often by people like this couple, who want to retain elements of their existing formal garden but also understand the importance of having edible plants and herbs. Our mission was to transform Jennie and John’s garden into an aesthetically pleasing and functional space, which included an edible makeover. In Jennie’s words, “We wanted an ornamental garden and to retain some existing elements but have vegies, fruit trees and herbs as an essential part of the greater garden scheme.” Despite the constraints of inner-urban locations such…

5 min
connection with food

“Luke’s small backyard is crammed full of fruit trees, vegies, chooks and play equipment created from scavenged items such as ladders and ropes that make play creative and exciting” Do you remember how you made pocket money as a child? Perhaps it was mowing the lawn, washing the dishes or doing a paper round. Queenslander Luke Read made his money growing and selling vegies — to his family. His mother saw an opening to have fresh vegies on the table while keeping her son gainfully occupied and, smart woman that she was, she employed Luke to grow the family’s vegies — and paid him market price. Young Luke learnt lots about the garden and had his first lessons on making money. “Sometimes I may have overestimated my harvest of beans, corn or lettuce…

4 min
secret garden by the sea

With an outlook over Julian Rocks jutting out of the foaming Pacific, this Wategos Beach garden in NSW is a haven by the sea. The garden is part of the Wing House, as it’s known, and was designed by architect Peter Stutchbury. The palatial home is tucked into the rear of the sheer block, with the Byron Bay Lighthouse Reserve as its backdrop. The dramatic wing-like 27.5-metre span roof is an architectural feat and allows warm natural light to filter throughout the home, which is constructed from steel, timber, concrete and glass. With the house positioned to the rear of the steep block, designer Matthew Cantwell from Secret Gardens worked with the natural landscape to subtly blend and layer additional plantings. “The slope is steep and the house is positioned at the rear…