Give me a home among the gum trees

Here we are, Monday again. Did you have a nice weekend?

The House's Study

I dragged the family along to Burke’s Backyard on Sunday afternoon. I’ve been talking about the 30 days of home and entertainment that is currently happening here in Sydney.  Well the organisers have taken over a warehouse at Waterloo and converted it to their headquarters. Inside there are display rooms set up along with a kitchen classroom, market area and lecture room. The carpark has been converted to Burke’s Backyard.

The House's Living Room

For those of you who don’t know, Don Burke was the original lifestyle guru in Australia and for many years the nation would sit down to watch his one hour television show primarily on gardening but also touching on other backyard ideas like entertaining, cooking, pets, children’s play areas, etc. As with many of the television shows, a magazine was born and whilst Don no longer graces our televisions on a regular basis the magazine comes out each month.

Espaliered Kaffir Lime Tree

It’s amazing what they have done with the carpark. The area is a concrete slab yet for this month it has been converted into a relaxing oasis. There’s a chicken coup, pergola, raised platforms, paved areas, fruit trees, lavender bushes, magnolias, vegie patch and grass. (Ok so the grass is synthetic but it’s very realistic looking and feeling.)

Pergola and platforms

We sat and listened to the Lifestyle Editor of the magazine explain some of the trends of today’s garden which is pretty much everything they had in the space there.

Lush green grass on top of concrete

There is a big trend towards growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and instead of having a dedicated vegie patch, you can mix them with ornamental plants to create a blended garden. Growing vegies in a raised bed is also a good idea as it’s less back breaking when it comes to tending and harvesting. The display garden had the vegies growing in water tanks sitting on the ground.

Vegies grown in water tanks

If you have a large garden, consider breaking it up into smaller more manageable spaces that can be used for different purposes. Living and entertaining in our gardens has become a way of life. Whatever goes into a home can also go into a garden – day beds, pizza ovens, kitchens, fireplaces.

Outdoor entertaining via The Kitchen Place

There’s no limit when it comes to entertaining outdoors.

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  1. Colleen Baxter says

    Very inspiring to see this sort of work! Thank you for sharing these ideas and pictures with fans. The outdoor area is sooo appealing with fabulous lighting. I have before and after pictures of our mini B/Blitz but cannot upload them to my reply. Our blitz consisted of ripping out the ferns which grow like weeds and make cleaning the pool impossible, a lick or two of paint and colour on dull concrete retaining walls, some planter boxes with hardy evergreen plants, weed mats and solar garden lights and a new outdoor setting. A base for the umbrella and ceramic pots come next but the beautifying touches are done!

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