August 20, 2018


The Cape Green Forum hosts its 32nd Cape Green Trade Day 22 August 2018 -

Friday, August 17, 2018

Corobrik’s striking new paving selection -

Friday, August 17, 2018

Cape Construction Expo 12-13 September -

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Ethekwini Municipality Verge Competition 2018 -

Friday, August 10, 2018

Leon Kluge proves he is the best of the best at Singapore’s Garden Festival -

Friday, August 10, 2018

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) offers tender! -

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Edward Colle Appointed CEO of Belgotex -

Monday, August 6, 2018

The 28th International Garden Festival Theme of the 2019 competition Gardens of paradise -

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cellfast’s Oscillating Sprinklers -

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A different perspective on the role of the Landscape Architect – a view from Delhi India -

Friday, July 6, 2018

Wacker Neuson welcomes Powerdek to its dealer network! -

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Corobrik presents its product qualities of Geolok and Terraforce Concrete Retaining Blocks -

Friday, June 22, 2018

ILASA Water Sensitive Design Seminar -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Easigrass lives up to its name! -

Friday, June 15, 2018

10 Year Partnership of Growth for Haifa and Prime Trees -

Monday, June 11, 2018

Faces of the Future: The next Generation -

Monday, June 11, 2018

Global Architecture & Design Awards 2018 -

Friday, June 8, 2018

An engagement across Landscape, Architecture and Urban Design hosted by PIA – UDISA – ILASA -

Thursday, June 7, 2018

On landscape architecture as the lifeblood of a city -

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Corobrik sponsors masterclass demonstrating a vision of an accessible, safe and thriving city! -

Friday, May 25, 2018

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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Fast forward to vertical farming

Have you heard of vertical gardening or vertical farming? Space for gardening, farming and growing food crops is increasingly encroaching upon natural eco-systems as urban centres become more dense and sprawling. Some countries have very little productive area for agriculture due to water and climatic restrictions. Scientists are realising the costs of intensive farming on our environment that include polluted water and eco-systems, soil infertility, reduced crop resistance to disease and pests and less nutritional value from food itself. Let’s explore a little more about vertical farming and what it is all about. According to Dr. Dickson Despommier, who is…

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Elgin Open Gardens

About the Elgin Open Gardens 2015 In 2015 there will be 21 open gardens in the Elgin, Vyeboom and Bot River districts over two weekends. These range from large established country gardens (some over 50 years old), to young, recently planted gardens in villages and on smallholdings, all in a setting of great natural beauty an hour’s drive from Cape Town. New this year is Brookelands, a garden with lovely views set right against the mountains with a couple of dams and a stream arising from an artesian well. The owner is an indigenous tree enthusiast, and has raised many…

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Food garden growing our youth

It’s no secret that many South Africans live below the poverty line and go to bed hungry. It is also well-known that many pupils have to go to school without having eaten anything and this affects their performance at school. For Chapel Street Primary School in Salt River hungry children who can’t concentrate are not a concern, thanks to Woolworths Financial Services which planted a food garden for the school. The school, which already had a feeding scheme for pupils, now has a 400m2 garden to help keep hunger away and provide fresh, nutritional food. <a href=”×50&c=1714931275&t=artid%3de24eda05-f5c2-43a8-94ae-60393f5c5638%26accreditation%3dpeople%27s+post%26posno%3d1″ target=”_blank”><img src=”×50&c=1714931275&t=artid%3de24eda05-f5c2-43a8-94ae-60393f5c5638%26accreditation%3dpeople%27s+post%26posno%3d1″ border=”0″…

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