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Chelsea Flower Show 2017 trends preview: look out for jelly bean colours, weeds and waste… -

Friday, May 26, 2017

Irrigation Technology Advances to Save You Water -

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Innovation could help the industrial sector embrace green design -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Urban Tree Planting – Tips for Success -

Friday, May 19, 2017

Five multi-billion-rand cities being built in Gauteng -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The award-winning Greenovate Awards Programme just got even bigger -

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Healthy crop in hospital garden -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New butterfly exhibit flutters into Durban Botanic Garden -

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rhino-Turf a winner for rugby in Namibia -

Friday, May 5, 2017

More on Interior Plantscaping -

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waterwise Plants by Cape Contours -

Friday, April 28, 2017

Farmers rise to challenge of restoring an ecosystem -

Friday, April 28, 2017

Saving the worlds biodiversity with the modern atlas -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2017 trends preview: look out for jelly bean colours, weeds and waste…

    On May 23, you’ll be able to walk through the gates of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and be transported from Spain and Malta to China, Japan, ­Canada, Mexico and Bermuda. Many of this year’s gardens evoke exotic climes, while others look to the Yorkshire coast, the Norfolk marshes and Berkshire’s heathland. The themes of education, art and sustainability have also inspired the designers. We can probably expect planting styles to be diverse too, and nurseries that grow the bulk of the show garden plants say many designers are going for bright and cheery summer colours, ­including deep purple and…

  • Irrigation Technology Advances to Save You Water

    There are some new, efficient irrigation products and technologies that can save you considerable amounts of water and give you more time to enjoy your garden. Plus, as water becomes more scarce in certain parts of the country, using less of it is imperative for the environment and our public spaces- so methods should be put in place to aid this water crisis. Updating your current irrigation system doesn’t have to be expensive, disruptive or time consuming. A couple of simple changes can make a huge difference and keep your landscape looking its best. Here are five of the newest technologies recommended by…

  • Innovation could help the industrial sector embrace green design

    Warehouses, factories and distribution hubs don’t conjure up images of green design. At least not yet. Green building has advanced way past grass on a rooftop. New technology, lighter soil and innovative ways to utilize rooftop space could help the industrial sector adopt sustainable design. Office buildings, retail and luxury apartment towers haven’t had a problem going green—city hall, the Rock n’ Roll McDonald’s and the Aqua Tower are all examples of this. But industrial buildings are different. Dirt can get heavy, and the roof on top of a 500,000-square-foot facility might not be built to support the weight of…

  • Urban Tree Planting – Tips for Success

    There is good evidence to suggest that trees are a great benefit to residential landscapes, for example house prices have been found to be markedly higher in areas with mature street trees. In the recently published Landscape Institute guidance ‘Profitable Places’, the chief executives of two well-known housing developers have been quoted championing the value of trees in developments. The paybacks to human health and crime reduction from living in a greener neighbourhood are also well documented in The Landscape Institute’s ‘Public Health and Landscape – Creating Healthy Places’, both reports can be downloaded on the link below. So quality…

  • Five multi-billion-rand cities being built in Gauteng

    Gauteng is home to five new in-development city projects, which are currently being constructed at a combined price of R265 billion. In July 2015, Stats SA released its latest population data showing that Gauteng had breached 13.2 million residents. The province is the most populous region in the country, having gained over 1 million new residents over the past 4 years. UN data shows that in 2015, over 9 million people are estimated to live in and around Joburg – and that by 2030, this is projected to grow to over 11.5 million people, making it the 34th biggest city in the world….

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

May 3, 2017

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…

Waterwise Plants by Cape Contours

Apr 28, 2017

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…

Farmers rise to challenge of restoring an ecosystem

Apr 28, 2017

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…

Saving the worlds biodiversity with the modern atlas

Apr 27, 2017

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….

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…