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BACKYARD ! e v o L y b b Cu

May 2013 Launch Issue




That Feeds a Family


Bright IDEAS

LIGHTING for Outdoor Living

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EDITOR Penelope Barker

GRAPHIC DESIGN Kristina Tindall

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Leone Britt, Jules Fox, Dean Herald, Rachel Norris, Sara McGregor

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jenny Brandt, Annie Cochrane, Katie Rivers, Danny Kildare, Merrilyn Helliwell


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ello and welcome to the launch issue of Your Fantastic Backyard magazine! Over the past few months my own fantastic backyard has been subjected to a bit of a hammering, firstly frying to a crisp in extreme hot weather, then battered by heavy rain and finally being hit by a tornado that sprang on us at 3am one Sunday morning Editor Penny Barker and left hefty branches of 100-yearold trees snapped off like matchsticks and our neighbour’s boat in an entirely different paddock. The rigours of Australian climatic conditions aside, we love our backyards and love to make them as individual as we are. Increasingly, our backyards are becoming an extension of our living spaces with all the design accoutrements formerly lavished on our interiors, mini-resorts influenced by our travels to exotic destinations or a place to grow healthy fresh herbs and vegetables to feed our families and enhance the flavours of our cooking. Whatever plans you have for your backyard, we’re here to help. Each month, Your Fantastic Backyard will be peeking into celebrity backyards and offering inspiration and tips on backyard design, outdoor entertaining and new products that will lift your outdoor living spaces from so-so to truly fantastic. Above all, the magazine is all about your fantastic backyard so get involved and send us your projects, stories and pics. Perhaps you’ve built a unique shed, cubby house or chook palace, had a backyard disaster or completed a major project you’re proud of? If so, let us know! In the coming months, we’ll be holding some fun competitions with great prizes to be won. To make sure you never miss an issue of Your Fantastic Backyard, visit to subscribe. A subscription to the magazine also makes a great gift for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives. Enjoy!

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CONTENTS Regulars 9

Editor’s Letter


Backyard Booty



32 Grow Cook Enjoy

An edible garden that feeds a family plus a delicious recipe to enjoy

42 Infinity Blue

Backyard Trends with Jules Fox

Pet Tales

Celebrity chef Rick Stein chills in his seaside backyard in Mollymook, NSW


Cubby Love

Pet advice by Leone Britt

85 Subscribe and Win!

This Month’s Features

Subscribe to Your Fantastic Backyard for your chance to win a beautiful Bali hut or gazebo for your backyard!





Cover: Photography by Jenny Brandt. See full story page 52.

Resort style luxury by Rolling Stone Landscapes

48 Rick’s Place

Every little girl wants a cubby like Irma’s

58 Lighten Up

Outdoor lighting to add sparkle to your garden

64 Gazebo Magic

Create resort-style living with a poolside gazebo

68 Secret Gardens of Santa Fe 72 The Best Fruit Trees for Your Backyard 76 Bright Sparks

Add pops of colour to your outdoor entertaining

83 89

Recycling For The Home and Garden A Summer House For Your Plants 11




For a new home on acres on the fringes of Sydney, award-winning landscape designer Dean Herald of Rolling Stone Landscapes created a superb resort-style garden for clients who expressed a desire for “their own piece of paradise”. 43


met the clients for this project shortly after they

to the natural landscape. The water at the edge of the house

purchased a five-acre property consisting mainly of

is shallow enough to obviate the need for safety fencing,

natural bushland. They expressed a dream of having

providing a great location for a sitting area. This central area

their own piece of paradise on this land. As the design team

is accessible from the master bedroom and study, and takes

worked closely together on the home and its exterior, we

the form of a deck with a relaxing atmosphere enhanced by

also had to work with the local authorities due to some

a stone-clad water-feature wall on the side of the house.

sensitive environmental factors on the site. As always, what at first seemed like an obstacle was transformed into an

For entertaining purposes, the roofline of the home extends to cover the alfresco dining and outdoor kitchen areas that flow through to the pool.

advantage and the house was given its location, satisfying the needs of the client along with those of the authorities. The pool, constructed by Splish Splash Pools, was designed to interact with the lines of the house, being positioned right against the living space. It stretches out as the land

Adding to the tranquil feel of the space, planted bangalow

falls to the rear; a curved infinity edge enabling views out

palms (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana), leafless bird


Infinity Blue


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of paradise (Strelitzia reginae ‘Juncea’) and variegated mondo (Ophiopogon intermedians ‘Stripey White’) fill the area. Furnished with two chairs, it sits ready for use at any time. For entertaining purposes, the roofline of the home extends to cover the alfresco dining and outdoor kitchen areas that flow through to the pool. The same floor surface was used for all these areas to enhance the relationship between them. Elevated above the natural ground level, they offer the best position from which to take in views of the mountains to the west that connect the tree line of the existing eucalypts. In addition to the aforementioned plantings, century plant (Agave attenuata), Florida gardenia (Gardenia augusta ‘Florida’) and dwarf lilly pilly (Acmena smithii ‘Allyn Magic’) were included in the design to provide low-maintenance gardening that suits the clients’ busy lifestyle.

Excerpt from 21st Century Residential Landscape Design by Dean Herald. For more information visit Outdoor furniture by Cosh Living, visit


Lighten Up! As home owners and designers embrace every opportunity to bring the outdoors in and treat the outdoors as an extension to the home, outdoor lighting has moved from purely functional to an integral part of exterior design, creating a wonderful ambience in these ‘outdoor rooms’.


LED Illumination Current LED’s ‘Illuminated Range’ is designed to create a sophisticated and energy efficient environment for your home, garden, deck, pool or outdoor area, utilising the latest LED technology and a variety of shapes. For more information, visit


2 Glowing Safely Enjoy Interiors hurricane lanterns are handmade from quality bamboo. Medium (12� x 20�) RRP $99.00, Large RRP $129.00. Enjoy Lighting Flameless Wax Pillars are priced from RRP $29.95, and are available in a range of different colourways. For more details and stockist information, visit


Light Work Envirolux LED Bollard in stainless steel and acrylic (above left) and Harbour Outdoor Lights(above right) by Beacon Lighting. Envirolux LED 2W bollard in 304 grade stainless steel with acrylic head requires wiring kit and driver. RRP $69. Harbour 12V light spike in copper and Harbour 12V large and small bollards in copper. Bollards, small RRP $119, large $179, spike spot $99.95.




Light on Luxury Designed by Ecodesign and constructed by Senator Pools, this spectacular swimming pool features a unique, in-built lounge area which spans one side of the pool for immersive relaxation. Adrian Swain, Director of Ecodesign, says “Our design kept to the brief from Merit Homes, which was to integrate pool and landscape to create a truly unique outdoor living environment, to complement the luxury home. The landscapes beautifully reflect the lines of the house, with glossy green foliage providing a solid background to the bold and contemporary colours in the pool.� Low voltage LED garden lighting ensures the landscape design and pool are as dramatic by night as by day. 61



Zen Tranquillity Sydney-based landscape design practice Ecodesign brought a true Japanese sense of Zen to the landscapes within the Sekisui House display village located at Kellyville HomeWorld. Says Director Adrian Swain, “The project consists of a village of six homes linked with boardwalk like paths made from bamboo decking.� Spectacular, well-detailed and functional outdoor living environments are a feature of each house, their sense of tranquillity highlighted at night by the careful placement of low voltage LED lighting.


Bright Sparks

Liven up your outdoor entertaining during the Autumn months with pops of bright colour and go-anywhere grills and barbecues.

Fiery and Flexible This compact 12 inch barbecue by Optoco is easy to move around for flexible entertaining. RRP $89.95. For more information visit

Hot Ice Pulltex Silicone Top Ice Buckets, RRP $39.95, available in Yellow, Orange, Green and Purple. Pulltex Acrylic Ice Buckets, RRP $39.95, available in Apple, Lemon, Mango & Strawberry. Made in Spain. Available for purchase at


Cool Capri Tableware experts Rhubarb have launched a fresh new range called Capri. The melamine range features a geometric accent that is classical and timeless, ensuring many years of use. Available in outdoor trays, plates, tumblers, salad bowls and salad servers, then coordinated beautifully with aprons, placemats, table runners and napkins. Available from leading homewares stores or visit au for stockists.

Peninsula Dining Chair Patio by Jamie Durie Peninsula Dining Chair, $24.00 Lightweight aluminium frame and FSC certified eucalyptus timber with woven polyester webbing. Patio by Jamie Durie is exclusive to BIG W. For stockist details phone 1300 244 999.



Get the Nautical Look Create a nautical ambience around your pool area with this nattily striped tablecloth by Gypsy Tableware Designs.

Retro Kitchen The RetroKitchen Alfresco Range includes enamel jugs, cups, trays and napkin sets and is available in red and white. For more information visit www.



Lotus Grills The smokeless charcoal grill from Lotus Grill offers the latest in design technology, combined with fashionable colours and a host of features. Already the winner of international design and barbecue awards, the Lotus Grill offers instant, safe and smokeless charcoal cooking with lightweight portability. Available in six fashionable colours, RRP $299.95. For stockist information visit or contact Zimba on 1800 147 538.

Disposable Design Preppy Blue disposable wooden cutlery is lightweight and sturdy and fabulously patterned to glam up your next outdoor event or picnic. Decorated with 100 per cent post-consumer recycled paper. RRP $10 for a set of 10. For more information visit



Best Hanging Baskets in the World! Seeing is believing and the range of hanging baskets from Bloom Master Australia, has everything you ever wanted in a hanging basket and more. It’s just so simple plant the side holes and the top with your choice of seedlings and before you know it the basket is covered in a cascade of colour, giving you months of blooming pleasure. Your options are endless, Herbs, Strawberries, flowers, all are show cased brilliantly with these baskets and planter boxes.

The Unique Design means potting mix won’t wash out of the holes when watered. Due to the volume and depth of the containers they stay moist longer and the foliage becomes insulating whilst still allowing aeration through the side holes. The product range is made of high quality poly-propylene and is UV treated. Available in various sizes and come complete with wire hanger.

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Shop online at SEASONS IN MY KITCHEN GARDEN A Journey from Paddock to Potager By Marcelle Nankervis Published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $39.95 Join Marcelle Nankervis in a tree-change journey and chart the evolution of her garden from a derelict paddock (on a 20 acre hobby farm), to a fully functional potager/vegetable garden including orchard, vegetables, herbs and chickens. The entire project is based on sustainable practices and includes organic solutions - all sympathetic to the heritage of the site and the history of the area. The changes are charted over the course of a year and documented by the author’s photography (to capture cool and warm crops). While the book is a personal journey through the development of the garden, it also contains practical, step-by-step information to help anyone establish a kitchen garden of their own, whether they have a square metre of soil or half an acre (and more).

THE GARDEN COOK Grow, Cook and Eat with Kids By Fiona Inglis Published by Murdoch Books, RRP $29.99 Former MasterChef contestant Fiona Inglis is passionate about food, whether she’s growing, cooking or eating it. As a primary school teacher working within the framework of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, Fiona is also passionate about sharing her enthusiasm, knowledge and skills with her students and with children everywhere. This beautifully illustrated and photographed book, with more than 70 easy-to-follow recipes, is aimed at eight to 13-year-olds, their parents and anyone interested in growing and cooking good food.

EASY WEEKENDS By Neil Perry Photography by Earl Carter Published by Murdoch Books, RRP $49.99 As one of Australia’s best-known chefs, Neil Perry is associated with the food served at his successful restaurants, from the flagship contemporary Australian fine diner Rockpool to his popular Rockpool Bar & Grill steakhouses and the Asian flavours of Spice Temple. However, this book is a celebration of cooking at home, with more than 100 recipes that focus on flavoursome food for any weekend occasion.

21ST CENTURY RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN By Dean Herald Photography by Danny Kildare Published by Images Publishing, RRP $59.95, available from This book showcases 25 projects designed by award-winning landscape designer Dean Herald of Rolling Stone Landscapes which have been built over the last few years. From outdoor bathrooms and courtyard gardens to Gold Medal winning show gardens and private prestige rural estates, the book features 228 pages of stunning photography showcasing Dean’s vast portfolio of work along with an insight into the clients’ brief and how each project was executed. 98


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