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Backyard and Garden Show 2019

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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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This Garden and Pool show is a hamburger with the lot
Backyard and Garden Show has all the mod cons
Backyard and Garden Show has innovation - Photos by Tricia Ziemer


Well, we were surrounded by people with backyard designs, house designs, pool designs, pergola designs and experts to fill you in on all. It was a pretty big and busy show.

I want one of these to lounge in
I want one of these to lounge in


I adored some of the outdoor furniture and wanted to sneak them into the trunk of the car.

Kids love face painting
Kids love face painting


There were kids everywhere getting their faces painted, playing with free balls, splashing in the spas. It was festive and fun.

But my husband and I were on a mission. We are renovating our house and garden and putting in a pool and spa and pergola and we needed tricky solutions for a tricky site. Basically, our house is embedded in granite with a slight dusting of soil across the top. Every time I dig a hole to put in a plant, I hit rock bed.

Succulents for shallow soil
Succulents for shallow soil


This show did not disappoint with ideas. I found a huge range of succulents that can manage dry shallow soil and beautiful flowing fountains surrounded by lush foliage.

Coolest Wheel barrow for large gardens
Wheel barrow for large gardens


We found some high tech wheelbarrow solutions to move things around the property. My hubby was drooling over this.

Mates, now that's a BBQ
Mates, now that's a BBQ


And some very slick outdoor barbecue kitchens that will look absolutely perfect in the new pergola which I was drooling over. Three down, three more to go. What to do with the pool and spa and a cover?

Below ground is not an option unless you have dynamite and 20-tonne bulldozer. So we needed salt chlorinated, pool spa mix, self-cleaning, with a cover to keep out leaves and keep in the warmth.

Impossible you might ask. I was beginning to think so until I started asking the experts I was surrounded by. Plus everyone was giving away pools and spas, so I put in for as many as I could.

Electric Spa cover exclusive to spa
Electric Spa cover exclusive to spa


First, we looked at swim spa solutions. The problem with these was they are great for the young fit adult who can easily lift off they 10-tonne cover. I am fudging a bit. They are starting to make them lighter and in segments, but still too heavy for an oldie like me. Next, we found the Tajmahal of spas with remote control top, that lifts into the air on a metal frame when you spa and then lowers back down to seal your spa. This is the wow factor. And with a wow factor price tag, but it is an innovative solution. We thought, yes, but then you can't see the stars at night or feel in the sun on your skin. As it provides 100% coverage. Perfect for some.

I felt so sorry for the paid swimmer in the swim spa. They had not put on the heat and she had to go into freezing water. She requested cold penalty rates. Well, I certainly agreed with her. But she bravely crawled in and started to crawl. What a giggle of a job. I would have tackled that one when I was younger.

Kids get pool toy. That is one whale of a pool
Kids get pool toy. That is one whale of a pool


Our search continued. There were moulded pools, fibre pools, concrete pools including the internal finishes. It can get quite confusing, but because you can touch and feel everything in one place, there is a wealth of information to be discovered quick. This is much better than driving from here to there to everywhere to find a pool maker.

Terry Steel with 30 years pool experience
Terry Steel with 30 years pool experience


Finally, we found the trifecta with a pool expert Terry Steel, owner of Seaspray Pools, who has been building pools for over 30 years. They can build whatever you like above ground, salt chlorinated, with auto cleaner and automatic roll on top, protruding out into the yard. This had all the best features we needed and they have award-winning designs across Melbourne where you can see the quality of the build.

We think we found our pool and spa solution
We think we found our pool and spa solution


Nothing left to do except fill our reusable, with logo, cotton showbag with brochures so we can really compare quality and prices to get the best value for our money.

There were also expert speakers talking about planting issues and what you should and should not plant around a pool. This is an invaluable lesson for keeping them clean.

Expert Speakers
Expert Speakers


Then we headed for a lovely lunch at the South Melbourne Quay outside of the Melbourne Exhibition centre. A good day in the city.

Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Melbourne Exhibition Centre


There is only one minor flaw with this event. With over 150 different products and innovation ideas on display, it needs to go Friday to Monday. Two days is just not long enough. And I would have personally liked a few more garden designs on display.
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Why? Looking for innovative garden and pool solutions in one spot shop
When: Saturday: 10am 7pm Sunday: 10am 5pm
Phone: Jasmine Burford m: 0411 378 471 e: jasmine
Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Cost: 17.50 to 19.50 per adult
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