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PEOPLE

Pro Landscaper Africa asks a few quick-fire questions to gain an insight into the people who are lighting up our industry To feature on these pages in future issues, email chanel.besson@eljays44.com or call 021 410 8957

CRAIG DE NECKER

TOBIAS G. MAHNE

Managing director, The Friendly Plant

Senior landscape architect, KWP Create www.kwpcreate.com

www.thefriendlyplant.co.za

Your most referred to gardening book of all time Diarmuid Gavin and Terence Conran’s Outdoors. Most inspirational garden Petrin Gardens in Prague. Piece of equipment you couldn’t live without My Lenovo ThinkPad T Series. It’s robust and hardworking, just like me! Favourite plant Roystonea regia (Cuban royal palm) and Cocos nucifera (coconut palm). How is sustainability embedded into your business? We don’t only design and install gardens, we also own and operate our own

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44-acre plant farm, where we propagate plants and trees for sale across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Your most referred to gardening book of all time Astrid Zimmerman’s Constructing Landscape.

Biggest life influence My folks. Their support and guidance has made me who I am today. I hope they are as proud of me as I am of them!

Most inspirational garden I would like to visit Versailles to see if the scale and magnitude is as inspiring as I am led to believe.

Describe yourself in three words Creative, witty, bright.

Piece of equipment you couldn’t live without A pen or pencil and a piece of paper.

Three people you would invite to a dinner party Chevy Chase, Moeletsi Mbeki, and Dave Grohl. A lifelong (sporting) fan of… Ferrari F1. Favourite drink Lime milkshake, but hold the cream topping and sprinkles.

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Favourite plant I am passionate about South African bulbs, they are underrated, exquisite and tough. How is sustainability embedded into your business? Good planning and design forms the basis of a

sustainable project, the rest can be sorted out according to project, budget and client. Biggest life influence I’d like to credit my parents for leading me down the right path and laying a good foundation and my wife for exposing me to a wider world of art and design. Describe yourself in three words Energetic, diverse, conscientious. Three people you would invite to a dinner party Frank Lloyd Wright, Madiba and Clark Kent. A lifelong (sporting) fan of… Jamaica’s bobsled team! Favourite drink Alto Rouge 2006.

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