January 18, 2018

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International: SLA’s park design for Bjarke Ingels power plant revealed -

Friday, January 12, 2018

There is still time to submit for IFLA 2018 World Congress- 4 days to deadline -

Friday, January 12, 2018

Urban-Think Tank develops low-cost housing for South African slum. -

Friday, January 12, 2018

Revisiting Landscape Architecture trends of 2017 and looking to 2018 and beyond -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

This R15.2 Million lakeside home with a sloping green roof was just voted the best house in Britain -

Friday, December 8, 2017

UCT MLA exhibit and Jo Gibbons lecture -

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sneak peek at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Despatch: multi-billion rand housing development due to begin Today! -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Despatch: multi-billion rand housing development set to begin today! -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Employment Position: Associate or Full Professor (tenure-stream) in Urban Forest Management, University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo honoured at the National Business Awards -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cape Town accepts carbon neutral development challenge -

Friday, December 1, 2017

NEW Rainbird XFS-CV Dripline -

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our suppliers at Itacotto have some great Black Friday Deals -

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday Deals on the Husqvarna Automower® -

Friday, November 24, 2017

A thank you to Bernadette Vollmer for her dedication to the role of SACLAP Registrar -

Friday, November 24, 2017

Launch of the Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit Announced -

Friday, November 24, 2017

New Build in Higgovale for SAOTA -

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Horticulturists and herbalists join hands -

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Competition for architects and urban designers as city embarks on carbon neutral development journey -

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The award-winning Greenovate Awards Programme just got even bigger

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…

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Healthy crop in hospital garden

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…

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New butterfly exhibit flutters into Durban Botanic Garden

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…

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Rhino-Turf a winner for rugby in Namibia

  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…

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More on Interior Plantscaping

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…

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

Great architectural design is sustainable design. It is design which ensures that the built environment complies with the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability. It requires skill and sensitivity on the part of the architect. This was evident in full measure during the regional rounds of the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards.   The competition has been held annually for the past 29 years to reward and advance excellence in the architectural profession countrywide. It involves regional competitions at eight major South African universities in the build-up to a national award ceremony in Johannesburg on the…

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Waterwise Plants by Cape Contours

Article written by Cape Contours With the current water shortage in the Western Cape, Cape Contours Landscape Solutions is focused squarely on incorporating Water Wise plants and principles into every landscape we create. So to help the water-conscious gardener, we have added to our list of our best water wise plants. In the Cape, now is a good time to get the planning done for your garden before the long anticipated rains arrive and planting can finally begin. Decide which plants are too water intensive to survive down the line and with the help of gardening books or a professional Landscape Designer, re-evaluate problem…

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Farmers rise to challenge of restoring an ecosystem

The WWF Nedbank Green Trust is funding a project to rehabilitate the diverse Renosterveld biome in the Western Cape, writes Heather Dugmore   Rich plant kingdom: An endangered vygie found along the Breede River. Picture: SUPPLIED A portrait of the Western Cape 300 years ago would show rolling expanses of a vegetation type with an extraordinary diversity of bulb species. Renosterveld was grazed by large numbers of big game, including the extinct bluebuck and quagga, and the eland and black rhino that gave it its name. The herds of game have gone and the Renosterveld is down to 5% of…

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Saving the worlds biodiversity with the modern atlas

The first atlases contained maps that gave explorers the information that they needed to exploit the resources and people of the world. Now, that era needs to be over, argue the creators of the Atlas for the End of the World. This Altas provides the antithesis to the idea of exploitation and instead provides detailed maps of the earth’s hotspots and the information to best protect these areas. Hotspots are critical because they contain unique biodiversity. These maps give governments and planners the tool to reach their 2020 United Nations conservation targets and are also fun to explore for curious individuals….

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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.

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…

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