May 24, 2019

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Landscape Architecture Foundation announces winners for 2019 Olmsted Scholars Program -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Promenade extension nearing completion -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Arbor City Awards -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Bringing Home the Gold! -

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alison Hirsch appointed as USC’s director of Masters of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program -

Friday, May 17, 2019

City mulls a ‘fresh coat’ to curb bark stripping -

Friday, May 17, 2019

New outdoor gym for Bellville Campus -

Friday, May 17, 2019

CAPE TOWN’S ABSA BUILDING TO BE REDEVELOPED -

Friday, May 17, 2019

FutureScape 2019. Book Your Stand Today! -

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Property developer John Rabie launches new venture in Portugal -

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Cape Town winner in City Nature Challenge thanks to residents -

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Friday, May 3, 2019

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente to transform two Milanese railway yards into “ecological filters” -

Friday, May 3, 2019

Nature conservation champion soars his way to success at the City -

Friday, May 3, 2019

PPC launches brick-making workshops in Gauteng townships -

Friday, April 26, 2019

Phase one of White River Crossing development nearing completion -

Friday, April 26, 2019

Exciting redevelopment of Towers Main begins -

Friday, April 26, 2019

Institute of Landscape Architecture Malaysia (ILAM), Regulates the profession of landscape architects -

Thursday, April 18, 2019

JOBURG CITY’S SIGNATURE PROJECT, JABULANI NODE, COMES ALIVE -

Thursday, April 18, 2019

City calls on residents and professionals to assist with new local development plans for Cape Town -

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cloning to preserve Cape Town’s Saffron Pear tree

Located in the Company’s Garden is South Africa’s oldest cultivated tree, the Saffron Pear, at 360 years old. The tree’s genetic value was preserved when Tru-Cape took bud graft material from the tree in 2013 and propagated this on rootstock. Equivalent to cloning, the buds retain exactly the same genetic characteristics as the original tree. The City and Tru-Cape planted a cloned sapling next to the parent tree, preserving the new generation of the Saffron Pear tree for another few centuries. The oldest cultivated tree in South Africa still lives in the Company’s Garden enclosed by a cast-iron railing and…

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Empowering women can help drive sustainable forest use in Africa

According to the director and founder of the Cameroon-based NGO African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), Cécile Ndjebet, millions of African women work in forestry, but many lack the rights of land tenure afforded to their male counterparts. The global forestry sector could play a powerful role in empowering rural women through land tenure. “Women have a vital role, but their positions are often precarious. Women are frequently disadvantaged in a range of interrelated cultural, socio-economic and institutional ways, in their access to and control over forest resources and in the availability of economic opportunities. “There is…

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South African plants add variety

As California’s drought stretches into the future, the plants of Earth’s five Mediterranean climate zones attract gardeners’ interest and soon earn their appreciation. Many of these plants are fine additions to the landscape, offering beauty, fragrance and benefits for garden fauna as well as easy cultivation (with some exceptions) and environmental friendliness. In today’s column, with our feet on the ground, we have an overview of the flora of one of these “summer-dry” zones: South Africa. This relatively small country’s Mediterranean climate zone is the very small and extraordinary Cape Floristic Region. Botanists have identified six Floristic Regions (floral kingdoms)…

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Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden targets alien plants on Arbor Week

The Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden visited the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Christian School on 01 September 2015, the first day of Arbor Week. The garden team and education officers joined forces to commemorate this important event. Three trees were planted, two of which are indigenous to the area. The school was specifically chosen because of the large number of alien trees on the premises.   The Garden’s curator Mr Werner Voigt gave an inspiring and informative speech on Arbor week, its importance and why we should plant indigenous trees. He also urged learners to take good care of…

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CREW team rediscovers long lost Polycarena Silenoides

One of the first things I learnt from Ismail over the past ten months since I joined the CREW [Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers] team, is that “special” doesn’t always mean big or showy when it comes to threatened species, and there is much reward to be found in looking for the small and seemingly uninteresting plants as well. For my very first Peninsula based outing with the FloraDoc Group in October last year, [CREW programme manager] Ismail Ebrahim instructed me to seek and find Polycarena silenoides – a tall order for a small plant found only on Lion’s Head…

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How to use containers in your garden this spring

Tin it up: Your collection of old tins can be incorporated beautifully into your flower arrangements. Simply cut roses, sprigs or leaves in a florist’s oasis and place them into your tin. Remember to protect your tins with a plastic lining. Why not keep it light and bright? Why buy white vases when you can make them? Simply mix a few drops of thinners with white paint, and pour into ordinary clear glass bottles until the entire inside of the bottle is coated. Once dry, pop in a few fresh blooms and arrange to your satisfaction. There are various focal…

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New park unveiled in Meadowlands, Soweto

New park unveiled in Meadowlands, Soweto Soweto residents no longer have to drive all the way to the Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia to take wedding photographs, as they can now do so on their own doorstep. So said Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau as he officially opened a new recreational park in Meadowlands Zone 7, Soweto on Wednesday, 2 September. The Mayor also planted a tree to mark the beginning of Arbor Month, a day after Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, with the assistance of community members and learners from local schools, planted 800 trees at Kanana Park, south of…

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Joburg scoops national Arbor City Award

Joburg scoops national Arbor City Award Joburg’s greening drive got the national thumbs-up when the City was named the winner of the 2015 Arbor City Award. Joburg beat the country’s seven other metro municipalities – Cape Town, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Mangaung, Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay – in scooping the award, which is given to cities that “go the extra mile in greening their areas of jurisdiction”. The award, which includes a cash prize of R300 000, is made annually by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Total South Africa and the Institute for Environment and Recreation Management….

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City Parks targets 3 000 trees for Arbor Month

Arbor Month got under way with the ceremonial planting of 800 trees at Kanana Park, south of Johannesburg on Tuesday, 1 September. Learners from nearby schools joined Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo staff members in planting a variety of indigenous trees as City Parks got its 2015 Arbor Month campaign under way. City Parks MD Bulumko Nelana and Ward Councillor Mahlomola Kekana were among those who rolled up their sleeves and took turns with the spades at Tuesday’s planting ceremony. Councillor Kekana urged local resident to nurture their new trees, saying that trees in urban areas not only the value…

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Merry marigolds

MARIGOLDS are firm favourites in gardens in South Africa and in the current water shortage situation, they need very little water to survive and grow. The first documented use of marigold, as a herb, dates back to a manuscript written in 1552. More recently, they are cultivated for use in dyes, medicines and ceremonies in India and Pakistan and are used to decorate altars, honour gods and goddesses as well as decorate special guests. According to the Language of Flowers, marigolds represent grief, which probably relates to their use at funerals. It is said that if a gravestone is covered…

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