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Chelsea Flower Show 2017 trends preview: look out for jelly bean colours, weeds and waste… -

Friday, May 26, 2017

Irrigation Technology Advances to Save You Water -

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Innovation could help the industrial sector embrace green design -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Urban Tree Planting – Tips for Success -

Friday, May 19, 2017

Five multi-billion-rand cities being built in Gauteng -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The award-winning Greenovate Awards Programme just got even bigger -

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Healthy crop in hospital garden -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New butterfly exhibit flutters into Durban Botanic Garden -

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rhino-Turf a winner for rugby in Namibia -

Friday, May 5, 2017

More on Interior Plantscaping -

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Environmental and Water conservation thesis wins a place for Kenneth Main in the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year finals -

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waterwise Plants by Cape Contours -

Friday, April 28, 2017

Farmers rise to challenge of restoring an ecosystem -

Friday, April 28, 2017

Saving the worlds biodiversity with the modern atlas -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Life Landscapes has decided to explore the use of colour in landscaping and gardens, using an indigenous South African planting list. -

Friday, April 21, 2017

Invasives and Natives: The green, green grass of home -

Friday, April 21, 2017

Inside the City’s new R280m council chamber -

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Crystal Lagoons signs first project in South Africa, bringing beach life to Gauteng -

Thursday, April 13, 2017

COST-EFFECTIVE SUSTAINABLE JEEP TRACK FOR ACCESS ROADS AND TRAILS -

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Student Community Project for University of Pretoria -

Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2017 trends preview: look out for jelly bean colours, weeds and waste…

    On May 23, you’ll be able to walk through the gates of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and be transported from Spain and Malta to China, Japan, ­Canada, Mexico and Bermuda. Many of this year’s gardens evoke exotic climes, while others look to the Yorkshire coast, the Norfolk marshes and Berkshire’s heathland. The themes of education, art and sustainability have also inspired the designers. We can probably expect planting styles to be diverse too, and nurseries that grow the bulk of the show garden plants say many designers are going for bright and cheery summer colours, ­including deep purple and…

  • Irrigation Technology Advances to Save You Water

    There are some new, efficient irrigation products and technologies that can save you considerable amounts of water and give you more time to enjoy your garden. Plus, as water becomes more scarce in certain parts of the country, using less of it is imperative for the environment and our public spaces- so methods should be put in place to aid this water crisis. Updating your current irrigation system doesn’t have to be expensive, disruptive or time consuming. A couple of simple changes can make a huge difference and keep your landscape looking its best. Here are five of the newest technologies recommended by…

  • Innovation could help the industrial sector embrace green design

    Warehouses, factories and distribution hubs don’t conjure up images of green design. At least not yet. Green building has advanced way past grass on a rooftop. New technology, lighter soil and innovative ways to utilize rooftop space could help the industrial sector adopt sustainable design. Office buildings, retail and luxury apartment towers haven’t had a problem going green—city hall, the Rock n’ Roll McDonald’s and the Aqua Tower are all examples of this. But industrial buildings are different. Dirt can get heavy, and the roof on top of a 500,000-square-foot facility might not be built to support the weight of…

  • Urban Tree Planting – Tips for Success

    There is good evidence to suggest that trees are a great benefit to residential landscapes, for example house prices have been found to be markedly higher in areas with mature street trees. In the recently published Landscape Institute guidance ‘Profitable Places’, the chief executives of two well-known housing developers have been quoted championing the value of trees in developments. The paybacks to human health and crime reduction from living in a greener neighbourhood are also well documented in The Landscape Institute’s ‘Public Health and Landscape – Creating Healthy Places’, both reports can be downloaded on the link below. So quality…

  • Five multi-billion-rand cities being built in Gauteng

    Gauteng is home to five new in-development city projects, which are currently being constructed at a combined price of R265 billion. In July 2015, Stats SA released its latest population data showing that Gauteng had breached 13.2 million residents. The province is the most populous region in the country, having gained over 1 million new residents over the past 4 years. UN data shows that in 2015, over 9 million people are estimated to live in and around Joburg – and that by 2030, this is projected to grow to over 11.5 million people, making it the 34th biggest city in the world….

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Chelsea Flower Show 2017 trends preview: look out for jelly bean colours, weeds and waste…

May 26, 2017

On May 23, you’ll be able to walk through the gates of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and be transported from Spain and Malta to China, Japan, ­Canada, Mexico and Bermuda. Many of this year’s gardens evoke exotic climes, while others look to the Yorkshire coast, the Norfolk marshes and Berkshire’s heathland. The themes of education, art and sustainability have also inspired the designers. We can probably expect planting styles to be diverse too, and nurseries that grow the bulk of the show garden plants say many designers are going for bright and cheery summer colours, ­including deep purple and…

Irrigation Technology Advances to Save You Water

May 24, 2017

There are some new, efficient irrigation products and technologies that can save you considerable amounts of water and give you more time to enjoy your garden. Plus, as water becomes more scarce in certain parts of the country, using less of it is imperative for the environment and our public spaces- so methods should be put in place to aid this water crisis. Updating your current irrigation system doesn’t have to be expensive, disruptive or time consuming. A couple of simple changes can make a huge difference and keep your landscape looking its best. Here are five of the newest technologies recommended by…

Innovation could help the industrial sector embrace green design

May 23, 2017

Warehouses, factories and distribution hubs don’t conjure up images of green design. At least not yet. Green building has advanced way past grass on a rooftop. New technology, lighter soil and innovative ways to utilize rooftop space could help the industrial sector adopt sustainable design. Office buildings, retail and luxury apartment towers haven’t had a problem going green—city hall, the Rock n’ Roll McDonald’s and the Aqua Tower are all examples of this. But industrial buildings are different. Dirt can get heavy, and the roof on top of a 500,000-square-foot facility might not be built to support the weight of…

Urban Tree Planting – Tips for Success

May 19, 2017

There is good evidence to suggest that trees are a great benefit to residential landscapes, for example house prices have been found to be markedly higher in areas with mature street trees. In the recently published Landscape Institute guidance ‘Profitable Places’, the chief executives of two well-known housing developers have been quoted championing the value of trees in developments. The paybacks to human health and crime reduction from living in a greener neighbourhood are also well documented in The Landscape Institute’s ‘Public Health and Landscape – Creating Healthy Places’, both reports can be downloaded on the link below. So quality…

Five multi-billion-rand cities being built in Gauteng

May 18, 2017

Gauteng is home to five new in-development city projects, which are currently being constructed at a combined price of R265 billion. In July 2015, Stats SA released its latest population data showing that Gauteng had breached 13.2 million residents. The province is the most populous region in the country, having gained over 1 million new residents over the past 4 years. UN data shows that in 2015, over 9 million people are estimated to live in and around Joburg – and that by 2030, this is projected to grow to over 11.5 million people, making it the 34th biggest city in the world….

The award-winning Greenovate Awards Programme just got even bigger

May 17, 2017

Engineering students can now achieve green glory too! Inspiring and encouraging university students to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably, the hotly-contested Greenovate Awards Programme is taking environmental innovation even further this year by introducing a new category to the awards for engineering students. The Greenovate Awards Programme, founded by Growthpoint Properties with the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), sets students of the built environment on a quest to find more sustainable ways of living. It stimulates green building thinking and rewards excellence in its application. A first of its kind in South Africa, the University…

Healthy crop in hospital garden

May 11, 2017

A garden at Lentegeur Hospital is playing a part in mental health recovery. On Tuesday Premier Helen Zille paid a visit to see the progress of an innovative psychiatric care project based at the hospital. The market garden initiative, run by the Spring Foundation, promotes psychosocial rehabilitation by actively involving patients in growing, harvesting, packaging and marketing the garden’s organic produce. Zille became involved last year when the Office of the Premier gave R745 000, through the South African Urban Food and Farming Trust, to help develop the garden. Premier Helen Zille takes a tour through the market garden at…

New butterfly exhibit flutters into Durban Botanic Garden

May 10, 2017

The butterfly habitat garden is a response to the concern that children growing up in urban areas are often disconnected from the natural world. There is a new attraction in Durban that, if he were alive today, may well have inspired 19th century American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne when he wrote: “Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. The beautiful new indigenous butterfly habitat garden at Durban Botanic Gardens is a living, colourful spot of pure happiness, where, if you do sit quietly…

Rhino-Turf a winner for rugby in Namibia

May 5, 2017

  Rugby clubs, sporting franchises and schools will score from conversion to synthetic rugby fields – a move that will not only bolster safety but also tackle the exorbitant costs of maintenance on natural fields. That’s according to William Allan, the International Sales Director of Rhino-Turf, who recently installed Africa’s first full sized synthetic rugby field at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School (part of the Curro Group) in Namibia. Now it’s time for the South Africans to catch up, he says. Rhino-Turf designs and installs high-end sporting surfaces around the world. Rhino-Turf’s sister company Easigrass is part of the well-known Van…

More on Interior Plantscaping

May 4, 2017

Written by Georgina Lockwood for Life Green Group Interior plantscaping, otherwise referred to as interior landscaping, is a branch of interior decorating that focuses on indoor plants and containers inside buildings and offices. An interior plantscaper will design, arrange, and care for plants in and walled space. Plantscapers need to have an understanding of angles, horizons, colour, sculptural elements and focal points, just like landscapers would. In today’s society people spend 90% of their time indoors. The majority of people’s time is spent traveling to work, sitting in offices and living in apartments without gardens. Which limits the time they…