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This Garden and Pool show is a hamburger with the lot
Backyard and Garden Show has innovation - Photos by Tricia Ziemer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.