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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. -

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

Exploring the Durban Garden as a landscape style -

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Water Saving Tips by GBCSA -

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Mark of Approval for Bosun Brick -

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Waker Neuson provides equipment to build Pump Track for Pretoria school -

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Does your swimming pool need a face-lift? -

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

6 inspiring African architectural projects that have made the world a greener place -

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ILASA President Dr Ida Breed receives a C3 rating from the NRF -

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

6 Indoor plants that filter cigarette smoke -

Friday, March 10, 2017

March in the Garden -

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Cape Green Forum Trade Show -

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Cape Town Flower Show Blossoms Again From the 19 to 22 October 2017 -

Friday, March 3, 2017

RAIC awards posthumous 2017 Gold Medal to architect and planner Roger du Toit -

Friday, March 3, 2017

Artful Rainwater Design: A Case Study -

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Do you speak tree? -

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

  • 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…

  • Invasives and Natives: The green, green grass of home

      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

    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

    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

    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…

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Does your swimming pool need a face-lift?

Mar 21, 2017

Saint-Gobain Weber share  important tips to consider when it comes to pool renovations. When flying over South Africa’s urban areas it is interesting to see that most homes have swimming pools. Given our climate, residential swimming pools provide a welcome reprieve from the heat in the hot summer months and are a source of relaxation, recreation, entertainment and add a key aesthetic to many homes. That said, over time swimming pools lose their appeal and require upgrading and repair. The winter months are the obvious time to empty your pool and give it a face-lift, repair leaks, re-surface with a…

6 inspiring African architectural projects that have made the world a greener place

Mar 16, 2017

These award-winning projects include a chic house that epitomises green living, a ‘flat pack’ school made of shipping containers and more Every two years the prestigious AfriSAM-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation recognises projects that have put green principles and social change into action and that are helping to lighten our footprint on the earth while improving the lives of the people that use them. The 2016 winners have just been announced; these 6 projects received the prestigious award. 1) GORGEOUS GREEN HOUSE Architects: Sagnelli Associate Architects The ‘poster-child’ for green living, this Durban-North home (pictured above) uses pretty…

ILASA President Dr Ida Breed receives a C3 rating from the NRF

Mar 15, 2017

Dr Christina (Ida) Breed is a senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering, Built environment and Information Technology. She has received a C3 rating from the NRF, making her one of two rated landscape architects in the country.  Her research is concerned with open space design and how it relates to natural and cultural contextual issues and identity. Her research demonstrates the importance of the landscape design as part of green infrastructure, urban ecology and social-ecological resilience. She is trained in urban ethnography and makes use of qualitative research methods. The findings of her research…

6 Indoor plants that filter cigarette smoke

Mar 10, 2017

  Georgina Lockwood: for Life Green Group.  The Amazon jungle is considered the lungs of the earth filtering out carbon dioxide. Closer to home, Indoor plants are regarded as the lungs of the office, filtering out harmful toxins like cigarette smoke (carbon monoxide). The dangers of cigarette smoke (Carbon Monoxide) Cigarette litter is a pain in the butt but carbon monoxide kills!  Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas that is incredibly dangerous in high quantities. Small doses of carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms in employees, smokers and secondary smokers, without anyone realising it is there. Complete exposure to…

March in the Garden

Mar 7, 2017

Written by  Atlantic Fertilisers Herewith some of the trusted plants you will find this month: Penstemon – these are the stalwarts of autumn. They are drought resistant and great for quick colour. Salvias – many varieties with aromatic foliage and tubular flowers that attract birds and insects. Salvias grow in a wide range of growing and soil conditions and cope with dry periods. Angelonias – for a colourful display in flower beds and in pots. They are excellent as cut flowers. Grow angelonias in rich, well drained soils in a warm, sunny or semi-shaded position. Gazanias – flower all year…

The Cape Green Forum Trade Show

Mar 3, 2017

Join the Cape Green Forum for their bi-annual trade show on Wednesday the 15th of March 2017  from 09h00 – 15h00 Spend some time being inspired by the beautiful stands created by members of the green industry. Place orders for the coming season and meet up with colleagues and friends. View seeds, plugs, plants, pots, paving, trees, organics, decor, grass, chemicals, fairies, water features, machinery and more. • Fantastic central venue with lots of space • Come rain or shine we’re covered • Over 60 exhibitors • FREE parking • Good coffee, drinks & food available • Stands awards at 1pm…

The Cape Town Flower Show Blossoms Again From the 19 to 22 October 2017

Mar 3, 2017

  The Cape Town Flower Show will bloom again – this time in a new home at Sun International’s GrandWest in Goodwood, Cape Town from 19 to 22 October 2017. Following the successful inaugural Cape Town Flower Show held at The Castle of Good Hope in October 2016, event organisers, Growth Events (Pty) Ltd believes that a very strong foundation has been built for the show to grow from strength to strength. CALLING ALL GARDEN DESIGNERS AND LANDSCAPERS The show gardens at the 2016 Cape Town Flower Show were definitely the draw card for the visitors who flocked to the…

RAIC awards posthumous 2017 Gold Medal to architect and planner Roger du Toit

Mar 3, 2017

One of Canada’s most important and influential urban designers, whose portfolio includes Toronto’s CN Tower, Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct, the Wascana Centre in Regina and projects at more than 25 university campuses, is the recipient of the 2017 RAIC Gold Medal. Roger du Toit, FRAIC, established his practice in Toronto in 1975, now known as DTAH. He was not only a professional architect but also a certified landscape architect and planner. Born in South Africa, he died in 2015, aged 75, from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident. The RAIC Gold Medal is the highest honour the profession of architecture in…

Artful Rainwater Design: A Case Study

Mar 2, 2017

Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Mesa, Arizona – A Case Study Amenity and utility goals achieved by the design: This campus design strives to educate about the unique water conditions of the Sonoran Desert in five different manifestations. Here, the Orchard Canal Court recalls traditional irrigation strategies. Design:Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc.; Photo: Bill Timmeman Reduce pollutant loads in rainwater Reduce downstream damage from runoff Safely move, control, and contain rainwater Capture rain for reuse Restore or create habitat Education Recreation Safety Public relations Aesthetic richness Date: 2008 Size: 21 acres Location: 7001 East Williams Field Road, Mesa, Arizona Owner: Arizona…

Do you speak tree?

Feb 28, 2017

Written by Georgina Lockwood on behalf of Life Green Group.  When installing a tree on a landscaping site Life Landscapes has to take into consideration many things. Planting a tree is a 20 year investment and you need to make sure you do your investigation root and branch! Depending on the motivation for planting the tree, here is what a responsible landscaper does before purchasing or ordering a tree. Life Landscapes has also included examples of trees under each category. Frangipani (exotic) © Swallowtail Garden Seeds Endemic: The definition of an endemic tree is a plant that is native or…