April 26, 2017

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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

Exploring the Durban Garden as a landscape style -

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Water Saving Tips by GBCSA -

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Mark of Approval for Bosun Brick -

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Waker Neuson provides equipment to build Pump Track for Pretoria school -

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Does your swimming pool need a face-lift? -

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

6 inspiring African architectural projects that have made the world a greener place -

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ILASA President Dr Ida Breed receives a C3 rating from the NRF -

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

6 Indoor plants that filter cigarette smoke -

Friday, March 10, 2017

March in the Garden -

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Cape Green Forum Trade Show -

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Cape Town Flower Show Blossoms Again From the 19 to 22 October 2017 -

Friday, March 3, 2017

RAIC awards posthumous 2017 Gold Medal to architect and planner Roger du Toit -

Friday, March 3, 2017

Artful Rainwater Design: A Case Study -

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Do you speak tree? -

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

    Red in landscaping For all intensive purpose as red palette garden is a sunbird garden. Red is a bold, energetic colour and associated with passion, action, danger and war. It is eye-catching in the garden and best used in larger gardens where it can fully display it’s energizing effect in Landscaping. Red and nature in the garden According to pollination theory, sunbirds are attracted to red as generally sunbirds are red plant pollinators. The weeping-boer bean (Schotia brachypetala) trees are known to attract sunbirds with their nectar-filled scarlet blooms. Red flowering trees The evergreen tree fuschia (Halleria lucida) and any…

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

      WHAT would a garden be without a lawn? Well, for a start it would probably be more wildlife-friendly. In their wonderful book, ‘Bring Nature Back to your Garden’, Charles and Julia Botha describe a lawn as a green wasteland that attracts little wild life. Birds may appear to like a lawn but it is just that the doves, hadedas, common mynas and wagtails that forage or look for crickets there are far more visible than the many birds that visit the secret, wilder corners of your garden. Take a leaf out of Mother Nature’s book and replace a lawn…

  • Inside the City’s new R280m council chamber

    The construction of the City of Johannesburg’s new R280-million council chamber is almost complete and the glittering, state-of-the-art building will be ready to host its first council meeting in May this year. Standing 38m tall adjacent the Metro Centre – the City’s headquarters in Braamfontein – the two-level circular calabash-shaped glass building is currently undergoing the finishing touches but already one can feel its warm and welcoming ambience. “Everything should be finished by April 30,” says Fazel Raymond, the City’s Assistant Manager of Maintenance and Repairs as he takes me on a tour of this unique, modern-day African meeting place….

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

    Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons has partnered with Balwin Properties for the construction and operation of South Africa’s first Crystal Lagoon, which will bring beach life to Gauteng. Balwin Properties’ new R4.2bn residential development, The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate, located in Pretoria East, Gauteng, will showcase Crystal Lagoons’ technology, which is patented in 190 countries and has revolutionised the global real estate market by bringing beach paradises to new locations, where swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing can be enjoyed. The Crystal Lagoon at The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate joins over 600 Crystal Lagoons projects – in different stages…

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

    Technicrete’s interlocking Armorflex Blocks are ideally suited to Jeep Track (Strip Road) application, providing access to areas currently either without established roadways or with crumbling insitu cast concrete strips.   Sites requiring vehicle traversal such as rural development and construction areas, agricultural and farm roads, tourism establishments, areas of bush, tree or high grass growth, gravel roads, earth tracks and in particular, locations where roads and embankments are subject to stormwater erosion, would benefit greatly from the installation of Armorflex.   Technicrete’s Armorflex all-weather, non-slip Jeep Track solution is cost effective for property owners and developers who require vehicle access…

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

Apr 21, 2017

Red in landscaping For all intensive purpose as red palette garden is a sunbird garden. Red is a bold, energetic colour and associated with passion, action, danger and war. It is eye-catching in the garden and best used in larger gardens where it can fully display it’s energizing effect in Landscaping. Red and nature in the garden According to pollination theory, sunbirds are attracted to red as generally sunbirds are red plant pollinators. The weeping-boer bean (Schotia brachypetala) trees are known to attract sunbirds with their nectar-filled scarlet blooms. Red flowering trees The evergreen tree fuschia (Halleria lucida) and any…

Invasives and Natives: The green, green grass of home

Apr 21, 2017

  WHAT would a garden be without a lawn? Well, for a start it would probably be more wildlife-friendly. In their wonderful book, ‘Bring Nature Back to your Garden’, Charles and Julia Botha describe a lawn as a green wasteland that attracts little wild life. Birds may appear to like a lawn but it is just that the doves, hadedas, common mynas and wagtails that forage or look for crickets there are far more visible than the many birds that visit the secret, wilder corners of your garden. Take a leaf out of Mother Nature’s book and replace a lawn…

Inside the City’s new R280m council chamber

Apr 19, 2017

The construction of the City of Johannesburg’s new R280-million council chamber is almost complete and the glittering, state-of-the-art building will be ready to host its first council meeting in May this year. Standing 38m tall adjacent the Metro Centre – the City’s headquarters in Braamfontein – the two-level circular calabash-shaped glass building is currently undergoing the finishing touches but already one can feel its warm and welcoming ambience. “Everything should be finished by April 30,” says Fazel Raymond, the City’s Assistant Manager of Maintenance and Repairs as he takes me on a tour of this unique, modern-day African meeting place….

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

Apr 13, 2017

Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons has partnered with Balwin Properties for the construction and operation of South Africa’s first Crystal Lagoon, which will bring beach life to Gauteng. Balwin Properties’ new R4.2bn residential development, The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate, located in Pretoria East, Gauteng, will showcase Crystal Lagoons’ technology, which is patented in 190 countries and has revolutionised the global real estate market by bringing beach paradises to new locations, where swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing can be enjoyed. The Crystal Lagoon at The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate joins over 600 Crystal Lagoons projects – in different stages…

COST-EFFECTIVE SUSTAINABLE JEEP TRACK FOR ACCESS ROADS AND TRAILS

Apr 13, 2017

Technicrete’s interlocking Armorflex Blocks are ideally suited to Jeep Track (Strip Road) application, providing access to areas currently either without established roadways or with crumbling insitu cast concrete strips.   Sites requiring vehicle traversal such as rural development and construction areas, agricultural and farm roads, tourism establishments, areas of bush, tree or high grass growth, gravel roads, earth tracks and in particular, locations where roads and embankments are subject to stormwater erosion, would benefit greatly from the installation of Armorflex.   Technicrete’s Armorflex all-weather, non-slip Jeep Track solution is cost effective for property owners and developers who require vehicle access…

Student Community Project for University of Pretoria

Apr 7, 2017

  Tiqwa school provides intense individual therapeutic tuition for children with learning disabilities and brain dysfunctions. TIQWA, which is the Hebrew word for hope and expectation, was founded in 1982 by parents that felt their children had special needs but still had to develop their full potential. Through a thorough site analysis, consultation with the personnel, observation and talks with the teachers and scholars, consultation with the lecturers, and looking at precedent studies the 2nd year landscape architecture students came up with appropriate and innovative landscape designs for the indicated open spaces on the school grounds.  Written by Dr Ida…

Exploring the Durban Garden as a landscape style

Apr 6, 2017

Written by Georgina Lockwood on behalf of Life Green Group.  KwaZulu Natal is often referred to as the ‘Garden Province’, and you”ll often hear local landscapers talk about a particularly green garden as  being a “Durban Garden.”  What is a Durban Garden? When was the term Durban garden coined, and by who?  Life Landscapes, the landscape division of Life Green Group, has decided to explore the Durban garden as a landscaping style. The grass is always greener in the coastal town of eThekwini – Durban’s sub-tropical climate makes it hot and humid, so naturally everything grows, faster, bigger and more of…

Water Saving Tips by GBCSA

Mar 24, 2017

South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world, and water is becoming one of our most scarce resources. The impacts of our uneven and irregular rainfall patterns have been sorely felt this summer, with serious water restriction measures having been put in place by most municipalities. There are a number of solutions, however, and green building is one of the simple and highly effective ways to save water, explains Dorah Modise, CEO of Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). “Green buildings not only encourage water savings but ensure water is used wisely with innovative water-efficiency and water-capturing solutions,”…

The Mark of Approval for Bosun Brick

Mar 23, 2017

  The Concrete Manufacturers Association Certification Services (CMA CS) has undertaken its first complete initial assessments and certified a number of products on behalf of its maiden client, Bosun Bricks. Initial assessments were undertaken to test compliance with SANS specifications on a number of different precast concrete products that are manufactured by the company and that need to be certified to meet engineering and architectural specifications. The CMA CS Mark of Approval is the first non-SABS mark to be used in the concrete industry since legislation was changed to allow multiple certification authorities to undertake certification of SANS standards. Born…

Waker Neuson provides equipment to build Pump Track for Pretoria school

Mar 22, 2017

Pump Tracks are a worldwide phenomenon that allow cyclists of all levels and ages to experience the thrill of bicycle riding in a relatively small area, and in so doing promote whole-family and community involvement in healthy exercise and leisure activities. They typically comprise a looping trail system, with a series of whoop sections, contoured jumps and steeply bermed corners all strung together to allow for almost pedal-free cycling. The name Pump Track is derived from the pumping motion of the cyclist’s upper body, used to keep up the momentum on the track with almost no pedalling, and the origins…