CLARE BURGESS Landscape architect www.linkedin.com/in/clare-burgess-3a296124 Your most referred to gardening book of all time Plants In Garden History, by Penelope Hobhouse. Most inspirational garden Barnsley House garden in England, and Shalamar Bagh (Garden) in Srinagar, Kashmir. Piece of equipment you couldn’t live without Secateurs.
Favourite plant Clivia miniata. How is sustainability embedded into your business? As a landscape architect, teacher at UCT on landscape architecture and promoter of permacultural philosophies, I constantly promote good design practices.
Biggest life influence My 35 years practising landscape architecture, including 12 years of personal psychotherapy and eight years studying meditation and mindfulness at the School of Practical Philosophy. Describe yourself in three words Outspoken, civic-minded, hard-working.
Three people you would invite to a dinner party Sir Terence Conran, Ernst van Jarsveld, and Angelina Jolie. Lifelong (sporting) fan of I am not a fan of any sport. I believe in participating in activities, not watching. Favourite drink Spicy chai latte with frothy milk on top.
Landscape architect, Outline Landscape Architects
Owner, Paarman Landscapes
Your most referred to gardening book of all time Trees Of Southern Africa, by Keith Coates Palgrave. Most inspirational garden The High Line, New York. Piece of equipment you couldn’t live without Doodle book and pen. Favourite plant Erythrina lysistemon – but any indigenous tree. How is sustainability embedded into your business? It is always a driving factor in design considerations,
especially in plant and material choice. Biggest life influence My creative mother. Describe yourself in three words Happy, easy-going, humble. Three people you would invite to a dinner party The Dalai Lama, Arianna Huffington, Maria Popova. A lifelong (sporting) fan of… The German national soccer team. Favourite drink Gin and tonic.
Your most referred to gardening book of all time It was A-Z book but now I use the PlantZAfrica website – www.plantzafrica.com. Most inspirational garden My garden. Piece of equipment you couldn’t live without Leatherman. Favourite plant Dietes grandiflora. How is sustainability embedded into your business? We strive for this, from water management to recycling,
compost making, veg and herb gardening and low energy consumption. Biggest life influence God’s creation. Describe yourself in three words Husband, father, (landscape) designer. Three people you would invite to a dinner party Wife, mom, Jesus. A lifelong (sporting) fan of… Sharks. Favourite drink Craft beer.
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