December 10, 2016

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How to really look at a tree -

Friday, December 9, 2016

Why grocery retailers are embracing rooftop gardens -

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This plant-covered Singapore Skyscraper is the tropical building of the future -

Monday, December 5, 2016

STIHL continues it support in the fight to save the rhino -

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Up the Walls with Scotscape’s Living Walls -

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square -

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Days of Wine and Roses -

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Easigrass Rocks the KZN East Coast -

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Garden Route to Grow Greener with Reliance Compost -

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Easy-to-grow amaryllis offer spectacular flowers -

Friday, November 18, 2016

Proudly South African solar Consol Jar- a bottle full of sunshine! -

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

First South African industrial property gets Green Star SA rating -

Friday, November 11, 2016

Planting plan for a colourful terrace garden -

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The cleanest rammers on the market… Waker Neuson -

Monday, November 7, 2016

Keyhole garden donated to charity -

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Country flocks to Good Hope Flower Show -

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Going green is hip…and happening -

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Paths & patios with clay bricks -

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies -

Monday, October 31, 2016

Castle of Good Hope set to become full-bloom living legacy -

Friday, October 28, 2016

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    How to really look at a tree

    Written By: Valerie Payn. Author The Ecological Gardeners Handbook. International Edition. Now available in ebook When was the last time you looked at a tree? I mean, really looked. Contemplated the colour and texture of its bark. Observed how branches connect to the trunk, and smaller branches well, branch off from larger ones; how leaves arrange themselves in regular patterns on the twigs, and how the leaves themselves are patterned. Like the Gingko leaves below with their unusual fan shaped leaf veins, nestling ovules that extrude sticky nectar to catch passing pollen grains. Have you ever meditated on the reach…

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    Why grocery retailers are embracing rooftop gardens

    Stores redefine hyperlocal by growing produce on the premises AUTHOR Keith Loria PUBLISHED Dec. 1, 2016 The food industry as a whole is in the midst of a shift from unhealthy processed foods to organic, local and all natural foods. Buying local is one of the biggest trends, as more consumers want to ensure that the produce they  are purchasing and feeding to their families is grown nearby. This consumer behavior has led to an influx of urban greenhouses, rooftop gardens and hydroponic operations. Businesses and retailers are getting the message loud and clear: people prefer to buy foods from…

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    This plant-covered Singapore Skyscraper is the tropical building of the future

    Steel and glass skyscrapers may work in the climates of New York City or San Francisco, but in tropical Singapore they heat up fast. So WOHA Architects designed the 30-story Oasia Hotel Downtown as a green vision for better tropical towers. Plants creeping across the facade and several sky gardens cool the structure naturally. 20 species of plants and flowering vines crawling across the aluminum mesh exterior afford the hotel located in Singapore’s Central Business District a lush appearance. Eventually the entire building should be covered with the plants. For now, guests can stay in one of 300 rooms and…

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    STIHL continues it support in the fight to save the rhino

    1175 Rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2015 alone, bringing the total number of rhinos poached since 2008 to over 5000. In an effort to curb rhino poaching and protect this iconic part of our heritage against the threat of extinction, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) has started systematically dehorning the rhinos on its reserves. STIHL South Africa has partnered with EKZNW in this endeavour by sponsoring equipment for the dehorning and recently had the privilege of accompanying the Game Capture Unit on one of its operations in Spioenkop Nature Reserve. STIHL has been involved with EKZNW through the Impi…

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    Up the Walls with Scotscape’s Living Walls

    Written by: Bella Whiteley Living Green walls or ‘Vertical Gardening’ is currently de rigeur. They are popping up everywhere ! The urban green revolution is upon us. Being an Interior Designer I have tracked the trend for indoor house plants over the last year or so,watched this flourish as the benefits of plants indoors become apparent again , and further focused my interest on the larger scale phenomenon of the  Living Green Wall. We have the French Botanist ; Patrick Blanc , to thank for inventing this concept of  ‘vertical gardening ‘ over thirty years ago.Known as the Mur Vegetal in…

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How to really look at a tree

Dec 9, 2016

Written By: Valerie Payn. Author The Ecological Gardeners Handbook. International Edition. Now available in ebook When was the last time you looked at a tree? I mean, really looked. Contemplated the colour and texture of its bark. Observed how branches connect to the trunk, and smaller branches well, branch off from larger ones; how leaves arrange themselves in regular patterns on the twigs, and how the leaves themselves are patterned. Like the Gingko leaves below with their unusual fan shaped leaf veins, nestling ovules that extrude sticky nectar to catch passing pollen grains. Have you ever meditated on the reach…

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Why grocery retailers are embracing rooftop gardens

Dec 8, 2016

Stores redefine hyperlocal by growing produce on the premises AUTHOR Keith Loria PUBLISHED Dec. 1, 2016 The food industry as a whole is in the midst of a shift from unhealthy processed foods to organic, local and all natural foods. Buying local is one of the biggest trends, as more consumers want to ensure that the produce they  are purchasing and feeding to their families is grown nearby. This consumer behavior has led to an influx of urban greenhouses, rooftop gardens and hydroponic operations. Businesses and retailers are getting the message loud and clear: people prefer to buy foods from…

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This plant-covered Singapore Skyscraper is the tropical building of the future

Dec 5, 2016

Steel and glass skyscrapers may work in the climates of New York City or San Francisco, but in tropical Singapore they heat up fast. So WOHA Architects designed the 30-story Oasia Hotel Downtown as a green vision for better tropical towers. Plants creeping across the facade and several sky gardens cool the structure naturally. 20 species of plants and flowering vines crawling across the aluminum mesh exterior afford the hotel located in Singapore’s Central Business District a lush appearance. Eventually the entire building should be covered with the plants. For now, guests can stay in one of 300 rooms and…

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STIHL continues it support in the fight to save the rhino

Dec 4, 2016

1175 Rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2015 alone, bringing the total number of rhinos poached since 2008 to over 5000. In an effort to curb rhino poaching and protect this iconic part of our heritage against the threat of extinction, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) has started systematically dehorning the rhinos on its reserves. STIHL South Africa has partnered with EKZNW in this endeavour by sponsoring equipment for the dehorning and recently had the privilege of accompanying the Game Capture Unit on one of its operations in Spioenkop Nature Reserve. STIHL has been involved with EKZNW through the Impi…

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Up the Walls with Scotscape’s Living Walls

Nov 30, 2016

Written by: Bella Whiteley Living Green walls or ‘Vertical Gardening’ is currently de rigeur. They are popping up everywhere ! The urban green revolution is upon us. Being an Interior Designer I have tracked the trend for indoor house plants over the last year or so,watched this flourish as the benefits of plants indoors become apparent again , and further focused my interest on the larger scale phenomenon of the  Living Green Wall. We have the French Botanist ; Patrick Blanc , to thank for inventing this concept of  ‘vertical gardening ‘ over thirty years ago.Known as the Mur Vegetal in…

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Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square

Nov 30, 2016

Developed on principles of sustainability, the 65 000m² Menlyn Maine Central Square is a mixed-use project that forms the heart of the Menlyn Maine precinct situated in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The R1.8b Central Square development, co-owned by Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd and the Government Employees Pension Fund (represented by the Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited), is set to be Africa’s first green rated city precinct.  This mixed-use development will consist of 30 000m² of retail shopping, business premises and 14 500m² of commercial office space, as well as a 4-star, 240-room hotel, 4 500m² Virgin Active Classic Collection Health Club…

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Days of Wine and Roses

Nov 29, 2016

Vergelegen, the 316-year-old wine estate in Somerset West renowned for its 18 exquisite gardens, has a fresh summer attraction: a magnificent, world-class rose garden, displaying over 80 different rose varieties. Following a huge horticultural undertaking involving 1200 tonnes of virgin soil, 90 tonnes of peach pips, 40 tonnes of compost and 1500 new roses, the revamped rose garden was formally opened on Friday 28 October. The extensive collection of blooms – many specially chosen for their glorious scent, as well as beautiful appearance – spans miniature roses to rambling climbers, heritage blooms and newly-bred hybrids that can be viewed by…

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Easigrass Rocks the KZN East Coast

Nov 24, 2016

A luxury Salt Rock seaside home now has a sleek, park like lawn leading to the beach that perfectly complements its contemporary architecture. Tom Nell, who was recently appointed as a Durban Easigrass partner, explains that his client had long struggled with patchy grass, mud and poor drainage and levelling. His problems grew at the recent drought spread along the KZN North Coast. “Although our client’s property has stunning views, the natural establishment of grass had taken years. Unfortunately, as the property was exposed to the harsh salty conditions of any beachfront area, the grass remained patchy and uneven. Recent…

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Garden Route to Grow Greener with Reliance Compost

Nov 22, 2016

Reliance, the leading organic compost provider in the Western Cape, are thrilled to announce the opening of their new depot in George. Situated opposite Kraaibosch Nursery, the depot will supply certified organic compost and product mixes to the Garden Route’s green industry, offering the highest quality and service that Reliance is well known for.  Over the past 16 years, Reliance has changed the views and methodologies around organic waste.  More than 17 million cubic meters of the City of Cape Town’s green garden and park waste has been diverted from landfills and transformed into over 1 000 000 tons of organic compost. Reliance is a proud product supplier…

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Easy-to-grow amaryllis offer spectacular flowers

Nov 18, 2016

When beds and borders are tucked in for winter, gardeners search for ways to keep their gardening thumbs green. Planting amaryllis bulbs is one rewarding possibility. Their spectacular flowers in vivid shades of red, pink, orange, white and countless combinations of these brighten the hearts and homes of gardeners on snowy, winter days. Botanically named Hippeastrum, amaryllis are native to the Western Cape region of South Africa. Today, most amaryllis bulbs are imported from Holland where hybridizers continue to create new varieties so gardeners have a wide selection. They can be purchased at your local garden center, from catalogs or…