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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.
Like many metropolitan cities around the world, Sydney is facing the challenges of an increasing population. Rising property prices mean a substantial number of people can’t afford to buy houses and so for many, apartment living is the norm — not just for single people and couples, but families as well. This is unfortunate for those who have always dreamed of having a backyard to call their own, but it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s still very possible to create a flourishing garden on your balcony, but there is another way to satisfy your green thumb if you live in an apartment. An increasing number of communities around Sydney are turning patches of vacant land into community gardens where residents can grow their own produce. In Designer Gardens this issue, we visit the Kurraba Point Community Garden on Sydney’s lower North Shore. This amazing collaborative garden even overlooks spectacular Sydney Harbour.
We also take a tour of an outstanding rooftop garden in Melbourne’s Mount Waverley. The company’s brief was to take an ugly, disused roof space and transform it into something that would not only be stunning to look at, but encourage staff to head outside and get some fresh air before they went back to work.
If you live in a high-density area and a community garden is out of the question, there are plenty of other ways to get the most out of the space you have available. For example, our Vertical Gardens Guide will help you turn a spare wall into living art. In This Weekend, Holman Industries introduces us to its extensive vertical garden range. Here you can find a vertical garden to suit any backyard.
In our brand-new section, Snapshot, we take a quick peek into some inspiring backyards around the country. In line with our theme of space saving this issue, we visit a trendy Melbourne property with a hidden and unexpected rooftop garden that is brimming with edibles.