June 16, 2019

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The LafargeHolcim Awards: Entries Open! -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

BTech Students shine at Architectural Awards -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cape Town’s Green Map promoting 10 years of sustainable living on World Environment Day -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Arup breaks ground on new hotel and residential development in airport city in Accra -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Durban’s bold R62bn facelift plan to boost rates base for city -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New mixed-use student accommodation revitalises Hatfield Square -

Friday, May 31, 2019

CALL FOR EXEMPLARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS & VISIONARY DESIGN CONCEPTS -

Friday, May 31, 2019

Canopy by Hilton to open first Africa property in Cape Town -

Friday, May 31, 2019

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

Inner Peace Conceptual Garden Japan

The Inner Peace Garden was a conceptual garden space and was designed for the Gardening World Cup Competition staged in Japan.  The garden was designed to be of a real size, 10m x 12m and be able to function as a usable space whilst conveying the idea of searching for inner peace. The space was used to convey the idea of travelling in ones mind to a place of peace and tranquillity which allows thought and inspiration to come uninterrupted by the pressure and noise of everyday life. The Garden was surrounded by what appeared to be a confusing grid…

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Landscaping Company Allegedly Stiffed Wages And Threatened To Deport Legal Guest Workers

A group of legal guest workers employed as general labourers or landscapers are trying to recover unpaid minimum wage and overtime compensation from a Mississippi-based landscaping company after they were fired for complaining about their conditions, according to a complaint filed last week. Backyard Lawn LLC, a landscaping company that performs commercial and residential landscaping for customers in parts of Mississippi and Tennessee, allegedly provided an employment contract for Meliton Bolanos-Ramirez and other unnamed complainants, setting an hourly minimum wage of $11.36 per hour and an overtime rate of $17.04 per hour. The company hired Bolanos-Ramirez and the other employees — all…

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Habitat Landscape Architects create educational parks in Northern Cape

The client brief called for three principal focuses: the creation of employment opportunities, capacity building or skills development, and maximising the socio and economic impact of the project at the local level. Budgetary and resource limitations coupled with intense local politics resulted in a very challenging environment for design and implementation decisions. In an effort to maximise the impact of the project on the local community and to really understand the context in terms of local needs, social issues and available skills resulted in an extensive and protracted consultation process. Amongst others this process included a “Dream parks” competition for…

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World Skills landscaping international finalists touch down in Brazil

Britain’s World Skills team – including landscapers Jonathon Gill and Matthew Beesley – arrived in Sao Paulo today (7 August) for the world final of the World Skills competition. From 11 to 16 August, 41 of the UK’s most talented apprentices, students and employees will go head to head with 1000 individuals from across the globe to be named the best in the world at their chosen skill. Gill (20) and Beesley (21) both run their own landscaping businesses and were selected in June to represent the UK in Sao Paulo. They will run through practical tests in hard and soft…

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Walk on the wild side

Chris Dalzell, Curator of the Durban Botanic Gardens provides tips and a list of suitable indigenous plants for local gardens. Indigenous gardens are very fashionable as they are known to attract local birds and butterflies and also require less watering and maintenance. The coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal often experiences very windy conditions which play havoc with even the most experienced gardeners. So think carefully when selecting indigenous plants for your garden. Coastal gardening is a challenge, but if you follow the right rules it is fun and very rewarding. As a student horticulturist I spent three months working on the Durban…

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Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway

The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang‘ (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway. The Walkway takes the visitor from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats. This walkway is 130 m long, narrow and slender, with a few wider view-point areas, and lightly snakes its way…

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Enhancing tree conservation and forest restoration in Africa:

This project is identifying the status and distribution of endangered trees in ex situcollections and coordinating the resources of African botanic gardens to establish new partnerships and strategies for increasing the use of indigenous tree species, including endangered trees, in forest restoration initiatives. Forest restoration plots have been set up with botanic garden partners in Kenya and Uganda, and additional sites and partners for further restoration work have been identified across Africa. BGCI is fundraising to grow this project. If you are interested in being involved or can offer funds to support this project please contact kirsty.shaw@bgci.org To ensure our…

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Woman to open garden she has cultivated for 25 years

A woman is opening her garden she has cultivated for 25 years to raise money for charity this weekend. Helen Auty is inviting people as part of the National Garden Scheme to experience her South Woodford garden. It is located on Lord Cheyne’s original market garden, with a lawn and borders of shrubs, climbers and perennials. It also has a greenhouse and productive fruit and vegetable garden. Last year’s event attracted 71 visitors and this year admission is £3.50 with free entrance for children. Tea and cake will be provided. The 71-year-old, who worked on the garden since moving in…

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Free State National Botanical Garden Honours Mandela Day

As thousands of South Africans participated in the 67 minutes of community service campaign as a way of honouring Nelson Mandela, the Free State National Botanical Garden together with Mangaung municipality, Office of Mayor, ward councillors, community and other local government representatives joined forces to refurbish Namibia Park, a public park in Mangaung. Activities included cleaning of the area, planting of trees and paving walkways. Executive Mayor of Mangaung Municipality Counsellor Thabo Manyoni urged people to become involved in good works on an ongoing basis, and go beyond the symbolic 67 minutes, thereby helping to create a movement for good….

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Walter Sisulu NBG wins award at 21st Spring Festival

Walter Sisulu NBG added another feather in their cap when the Garden was awarded the Silver Award for the best use of indigenous plants during the 21st Spring Festival themed Nature’s Bounty held at Garden World, Muldersdrift 24 July. The festival is an annual design contest featuring various garden designers and commercial landscaping companies around Gauteng. The event also includes institutions involved in horticultural studies such as universities as well other role-players involved in environmental management such as SANBI and Joburg’s City Parks department. Schools and nurseries also take part in a non-competitive category to inculcate a spirit of horticultural…

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