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The West Brunswick garden of children’s book Illustrator Craig Smith, and artist / publisher Erica Wagner is a lush suburban oasis.  

Abundant with native plantings and fresh veggies, the backyard also houses two art studios, used by both Erica and Craig in their respective creative fields. The pair have been here 15 years!

Our gardens columnist, Georgina Reid of The Planthunter gives us the full story.

Top Spots On The Great Ocean Road, With Jenna Densten

Summer has arrived in Victoria! Though it’s been a strange week of unseasonal downpours, on Victoria’s coast, the water temp has risen over 18-degrees, and it’s looking like sunshine all the way to Christmas! It couldn’t be a better time for us to share our take on Australia’s most famous drive: the Great Ocean Road!

We’ve enlisted part-time Skenes Creek local, and much-loved renovator (who you may know from The Block!) Jenna Densten of design studio Bicker Design and Design School. She showcases her favourite stops for exploring, eating and a spot of shopping, from Torquay to Apollo Bay.

A Dramatic, Multi-Tiered Coastal Garden In Gordon's Bay

When designing a garden, the scope is usually limited to what the owners themselves want to see in their space. But what happens when your garden backs onto a busy coastal walk, and needs to look just as good to passers-by as it does from the residence?

Secret Gardens has made a magnificent effort to answer that question with their Gordon’s Bay project. By drawing on the colours of the surrounding headland, and inserting a diverse palette of succulents and drought-resistant natives, the expert landscape designers have transformed the vertiginous sandy stretch into a verdant, public-facing garden.

Not to mention adding a rooftop cactus garden and Mediterranean-inspired courtyard to boot!

Meatless Monday: Super Vegetarian Soups

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Meatless Monday: Super Vegetarian Soups

With fall upon us, we need something to warm us from the inside out. This Meatless Monday, warm up with a soothing vegetarian soup.

Now that fall is upon us, it’s time to retire that barbecue for the season and start using our stoves again. On a cool and wet October day, nothing warms the soul quite like a big, steaming bowl of soup. This Meatless Monday warm up with one of these soothing vegetarian soups.

Zuppa di Fagioli
A traditional Italian soup, zuppa di fagioli is often overshadowed by its cousin minestrone. Loaded with vegetables, creamy white beans, and zesty herbs, this soup is a cost effective way to satisfy a hungry family. Serve it with crusty buttered bread.

Luscious Lentil Soup
Lentil soup may not sound entirely appealing to many people; however, with the addition of seasonal beets, this fibre-rich soup gets a touch of sweet and a whole lot of colour. Plus, creamy coconut milk creates a smooth, rich broth.

Winter Greens Soup with Parmesan Garlic Croutons
Feeling a little under the weather? This soup, packed with iron and vitamins A and C thanks to the winter greens, may be just what the doctor ordered. Top it all off with crunchy, cheesy homemade sourdough croutons.

Family-Friendly Sweet Potato Soup
Short on time? Have dinner simmering on the stove in fewer than 20 minutes—then, just leave it alone for 30 minutes while you prep the kids’ lunches or enjoy a cup of tea to yourself. To make this recipe vegetarian, simply swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

Red Hot Tomato Soup
Tomato soup is a comfort food for many people; however, the stuff that comes in a can is often loaded with sodium and other additives. This simple tomato soup is the perfect replacement. Even better is it takes only 15 minutes to prepare. Serve it with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich. 

Cheesy Waffle Soldiers with Broccoli
Feel like a kid again with this broccoli soup, complete with chewy, cheesy waffle strips, just waiting to be dipped. Many broccoli soups are loaded with cream, butter, and cheese; however, this version skips all that and instead relies on fresh flavours from leeks, garlic, spinach, and lemons.

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