January 18, 2017

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The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) Launches Fantastic New Website -

Friday, January 13, 2017

Easigrass zones in on safety at Baby Bright Stars -

Friday, January 13, 2017

Throw Back For the Week … Roberto Burle Marx’s Mineral Roof Garden -

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Growroom: Architecture that feeds the city -

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WWF headquarters wins green build and sustainability award -

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bus rooftop gardens as part of a plan to improve the city -

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Salvaging construction waste with StoneCycling -

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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 South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) Launches Fantastic New Website

    Described on its dazzling new website as ” The only representative body for, and the national voice of, the landscape industry” We would like to introduce all industry members to a fantastic and well truted association. The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) was formed in 1984 and is a national body with regional offices serving landscape contractors and suppliers. SALI was formed by a group of progressive landscapers who saw the potential of the landscape industry in South Africa. They believed that the true potential could only be realised if landscape contractors showed unity, produced excellent work and projected a…

  • Easigrass zones in on safety at Baby Bright Stars

    The children of Baby Bright Stars Nursery School in Westville were excited to find a new playground when they returned to school in January. “Easigrass can turn a muddy or dusty patch of grass into a fun play area that is also ultra-safe and hygienic,” explains Tom Nell, the Durban Easigrass franchisee who recently completely transformed the play zone at the new Baby Bright Stars facility in Westville. Owner of Baby Bright Stars, Kelly Kent, says that Nell and his team came to the rescue when tiny tots and their mothers couldn’t enjoy the outside play area as it became…

  • Throw Back For the Week … Roberto Burle Marx’s Mineral Roof Garden

      Roberto Burle Marx (August 4, 1909 – June 4, 1994) was a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous. He is accredited with having introduced modernist landscape architecture to Brazil. He was known as a modern nature artist and a public urban space designer. His work had a great influence on tropical garden design in the 20th century. Water gardens were a popular theme in his work. He was deftly able to transfer traditional artistic expressions such as graphic design, tapestry…

  • The Growroom: Architecture that feeds the city

    The Growroom urban farm explores how cities can feed themselves through architecture that produces food locally. Future-living lab Space10 created the Growroom urban farm with architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm. The orb-like living architectural structure aims to provoke conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities and grow our own food. It’s a conversation that is increasingly important as demand for food around the world rapidly increases and the space to farm decreases. Filled with herbs, veggies, and edible plants from floor to ceiling, The Growroom is an artistic exploration of the incredible potential of urban…

  • WWF headquarters wins green build and sustainability award

    The new head office of the WWF in Braamfontein has just won an award for green build and sustainability construction.  How to Operate and Occupy a Green Building. “To operate a green building requires the users to change behaviour and initially there is always resistance,” says Duckitt. “Adapting to change takes time.” The team will be monitoring the building for another year, through a full seasonal cycle, in order to “tweak the system and the users so that they work in harmony”. In comparison to the previous building, there are a lot more facilities, including boardrooms and recreational facilities on…

Latest

The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) Launches Fantastic New Website

Jan 13, 2017

Described on its dazzling new website as ” The only representative body for, and the national voice of, the landscape industry” We would like to introduce all industry members to a fantastic and well truted association. The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) was formed in 1984 and is a national body with regional offices serving landscape contractors and suppliers. SALI was formed by a group of progressive landscapers who saw the potential of the landscape industry in South Africa. They believed that the true potential could only be realised if landscape contractors showed unity, produced excellent work and projected a…

Easigrass zones in on safety at Baby Bright Stars

Jan 13, 2017

The children of Baby Bright Stars Nursery School in Westville were excited to find a new playground when they returned to school in January. “Easigrass can turn a muddy or dusty patch of grass into a fun play area that is also ultra-safe and hygienic,” explains Tom Nell, the Durban Easigrass franchisee who recently completely transformed the play zone at the new Baby Bright Stars facility in Westville. Owner of Baby Bright Stars, Kelly Kent, says that Nell and his team came to the rescue when tiny tots and their mothers couldn’t enjoy the outside play area as it became…

Throw Back For the Week … Roberto Burle Marx’s Mineral Roof Garden

Jan 12, 2017

  Roberto Burle Marx (August 4, 1909 – June 4, 1994) was a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous. He is accredited with having introduced modernist landscape architecture to Brazil. He was known as a modern nature artist and a public urban space designer. His work had a great influence on tropical garden design in the 20th century. Water gardens were a popular theme in his work. He was deftly able to transfer traditional artistic expressions such as graphic design, tapestry…

The Growroom: Architecture that feeds the city

Jan 10, 2017

The Growroom urban farm explores how cities can feed themselves through architecture that produces food locally. Future-living lab Space10 created the Growroom urban farm with architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm. The orb-like living architectural structure aims to provoke conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities and grow our own food. It’s a conversation that is increasingly important as demand for food around the world rapidly increases and the space to farm decreases. Filled with herbs, veggies, and edible plants from floor to ceiling, The Growroom is an artistic exploration of the incredible potential of urban…

WWF headquarters wins green build and sustainability award

Jan 6, 2017

The new head office of the WWF in Braamfontein has just won an award for green build and sustainability construction.  How to Operate and Occupy a Green Building. “To operate a green building requires the users to change behaviour and initially there is always resistance,” says Duckitt. “Adapting to change takes time.” The team will be monitoring the building for another year, through a full seasonal cycle, in order to “tweak the system and the users so that they work in harmony”. In comparison to the previous building, there are a lot more facilities, including boardrooms and recreational facilities on…

Bus rooftop gardens as part of a plan to improve the city

Jan 4, 2017

Public transport just got a whole lot prettier and greener with the announcement that Madrid in Spain is getting rooftop gardens on some of its buses and bus stops. Madrid may be getting rooftop gardens on buses. Image: Phytokinetic At the unveiling of the plans, its City Hall said that the plan is aimed at tackling pollution and reducing C02 emissions. Madrid may be getting rooftop gardens on buses. Image: Phytokinetic These innovative gardens have been grown by PhytoKinetic,and are the latest in a series of measures introduced by city’s administration to boost its environmental policies. Madrid may be getting…

Salvaging construction waste with StoneCycling

Jan 3, 2017

StoneCycling was founded in 2013 by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Tom van Soest and entrepreneur Ward Massa. The idea behind StoneCycling formed while van Soest was exploring sustainable construction methods during the course of his studies. He observed how much building debris would simply be shipped away to landfill sites after an old building was demolished. Van Soest then started experimenting with ways to revive construction refuse such as crushed ceramic, glass and discarded clay to make them eligible to build with once again. Reusing materials in this way diverts a huge amount of waste that would have ended up…

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…

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…

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…