Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue14.4 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

How good is summer in Australia? You can keep your white Christmas, northern hemisphere; for me the holidays are best spent outside, whether it be on a bush walk, at the beach, or entertaining friends and family in the backyard. Of course, our amazing weather is envied by many around the world, but, as with most things, it does come with some drawbacks. Scorching heat and months without rain mean water conservation is a big concern in Australia. The summer sun can also wreak havoc on your lawn and garden. Our water-wise garden feature will show you how to take the best care of your lawn and plants without wasting precious water. Homeowners often have a vison of what they want their backyard to look like, but it’s always hard to…

3 min
don't miss a beat

WATER SMART Award-winning Alpine Nurseries Alstonville, in northern New South Wales, was formally opened earlier this year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith. The property, which was formerly a potato farm, was custom-designed by water management consultant, Chris Rolfe, to exceed industry benchmarks in water collection, purification and recycling. “The location boasts minimal waste and maximum conservation, where a large percentage of the water used is captured onsite and effectively recycled,” says Chris. The site also uses a cutting-edge potting machine that can pot 15,000 plants a day. A key feature of the nursery is the recreation of a “Big Scrub”-styled strip of rainforest along Youngman’s Creek, which flows through the property. The rainforest is a labour of love for staff member Doug Blythe and features more…

5 min
the makers

SWEET AS For many people, their childhood memories were created in a backyard of some sort — their own or someone else’s. The garden provides the perfect place to play, discover, hide or simply take in all that nature has to offer. What if you could recreate those magical childhood experiences? In The Bee Keeper's Garden, designed for the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Jenny Smith brought childhood memories of her mother’s garden to life. Known to friends and family as “Bee”, Jenny’s mother grew up in a large country garden, eventually retiring to a small coastal property. There, in a garden called "The Hive", she happily grew vegetables and produced honey. The honey pot sculpture, designed by Surrey Sculpture Studio, paid homage to this. WISE WORDS Known for his creative…

7 min
camden cornucopia

When my husband Larry and I first set eyes on Glenmore House near Camden on the outskirts of Sydney some 25 years ago, the property consisted of a collection of rather forlorn farm buildings sitting higgledy-piggledy in an undulating landscape, unhedged, unfenced and without running water. The raison d’être of each of these buildings had all but vanished and it would take many years of restoration and garden-making to establish the sense of permanence that exists at Glenmore today. Creating a kitchen garden was a high priority and I was delighted to discover an ideal position for one: behind the old dairy. I managed to persuade Larry that we should make an immediate start. I had visions in my head of intricate, traditional gardens — neatly laid-out rows of lettuce, leeks…

4 min
feeding body and soul

Can a sustainable garden be created on a typical suburban block? It’s easy when you keep in mind the key aspects of sustainability: recovery, reuse and recycling. This is a garden I designed for myself and it’s a truly satisfying example of the ease with which a degraded, compacted and non-sustainable backyard was transformed into a fabulous, family-friendly, “green” garden. It’s bursting with easy sustainable ideas: chickens, recycled bricks, reclaimed items as focal points, reuse of demolished building materials, and a diverse selection of hardy, water-wise plants. The design I wanted for the backyard included provision for open play areas, generous garden beds, vegetable gardens, a chicken coop, and rainwater collection and storage. Also important was that the garden be built and maintained along organic principles. With this in mind, the beds…

2 min
green oasis

“The brief was to create a calm, green oasis with vertical gardens, decorative screening and a floating seat and bar” Interior and outdoor spaces are no longer separate entities — they have to work in harmony and complement each other well. Phillip Withers, creative director of Phillip Withers Landscape Design, had to apply this theory when asked to design an outdoor space for this Port Melbourne courtyard, linking the interior and exterior as one. “The brief was to create a calm, green oasis with vertical gardens, decorative screening and a floating seat and bar,” says Phillip. “The space exudes the feeling of viridis — ‘green, calm and blooming’ — an extension of the indoors so that one can feel the garden from both inside and out.” Although it’s small, the courtyard cleverly incorporates…