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6 News Shed Industry news from around South Africa 10 Agenda How can we bridge the gap and work better together as Landscape Architects and Contractors?

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13 Company Profile Pro Landscaper profiles WilsonStone, a brand that is synonymous with the landscaping industry and has a vast range available to the trade. TECHNICAL 16

Tackling BIM (Building Information Modelling) Julian Raxworthy on BIM, and how landscape architects and contractors will inevitably begin incorporating this system of which Revit is the Autodesk, into our future projects.

18 BIM and Vectorworks The perspective on BIM from UK company Design Software Solutions. 21 Cape Town Flower Show Inviting landscape architects, horticulturalists, contractors and landscape designers to join the conversation and involve themselves in this inspiring annual event. 23 Interview Join us as we sit down with Karen Botes and Shalini Singh Chetty of Interdesign Landscape Architects, to find out more about their fantastic company, its beginnings, their most exciting projects thus far and plans for the future. PORTFOLIOS

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Q: How can we bridge the gap and work better together as Landscape Architects and Contractors?

The Green Industry: Benefits of Collaboration

Ida-Marié Strydom: Chairperson: SAGIC (South African Green Industries Council)

Collaboration between all stakeholders in the Green Industry is fundamental to this sector's prosperity. Role-players such landscape architects, landscape contractors, horticulturists, civil engineers, nurseries, plantscapers, industry representative bodies and associations, academic institutions, private and public companies, as well as the relevant local and provincial government departments and institutions, can no longer operate in isolation.vEnvironmental and economic sustainability, as well as ever-changing technological challenges, are demanding an increased level of innovation and collaboration from all role-players in the Green Industry. Never before has the quest to balance the needs of people, the environment and the economy been so important. Ultimately, the solutions to problems of the 21st century will come from understanding the tremendous value that the environment provides, and reflecting that value within decision-making at every level so that society as a whole thrives. The 'greening of industry' as a method to attain sustainable economic growth and promote sustainable economies, has become the norm. The principles of sustainability are arising in all sectors of society. Leaders in every industry are rooting for a 'greener industries'. The world is finally speaking our language of 'greeningeverything'. This is our time to shine. However, we, as the Green Industry, need to earn the right to be leaders in sustainable development through effective collaboration and continues engagement. There is one simple truth about

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being a collaborative leader, and is the fact that you can’t do it on your own! Challenges that we face have increased in complexity given the growing demands for 'greener' solutions while maintaining affordability due to economic burdens, an increasing need to achieve sustainable practices, as well as the challenges originating from a more uneven climate, water shortages and increasing labour costs. The Green Industry's role in facilitating green issues and enabling growth is paramount and I firmly believe that through continually working together to find innovative ways to address the challenges that face us, we will continue to add significant value - we will not succeed by attempting to solve these issue by flying solo. We all know that a collaborative approach makes the best possible use of time and money. The most successful green projects in terms of profitability and positive response have been those that incorporate the collaborative expertise of many professions in the Green Industry. As such, the relationship between all role-players is essential – a joined beneficial progression that is sure to elevate all parties’ involvement, having a positive effect on not only the Green Industry, but also society at large.

role-players, including policymakers and regulators at the highest level to find ways of ensuring the sustainability of the Green Industry through collaboration. Finding solutions to Green Industry challenges through collaboration is becoming more relevant than ever before. The old saying, "two heads are better than one" has been around for many centuries for a reason and still stands the test of time. More effective problem solving happens when you combine resources in talent, experience, finances and infrastructure. As in nature, projects thrive where there are diverse and complementary systems that enhance the lives others. All role-players in the Green Industry need to first and foremost understand that we are all part of a greater 'greener' whole, and secondly acknowledge that there is immense power in collaboration. Lastly, collaborating forces us to learn from each other and to foster cultures of ongoing learning within our organisations, which in turn leads to new and exciting opportunities for innovation and growth.

Recognising this, SAGIC has made the fostering and building of partnerships with all relevant stakeholders, a key priority in 2017. SAGIC, as the all-inclusive body representing the wider Green Industry, continues to engage with all

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Lee Burger Principal @ The Irene School of Garden Design The 1, 2, 3 of working together. There are two points of view when Landscape Architects and Contractors work together. Understanding the trail of thought of one another is key to working together. The contractor sees mostly time, labour, and cost while the Landscape Architect sees quality, design and Aesthetic. An openness and understanding of what the role of each person and their responsibilities are will alleviate tensions regarding making your voice heard. This immediately brings one to point number two. Respect for what each party does. Allow enough space for each person to get the job done with respect for each other’s profession. Point number three is Planning and communicating together. More site visits and involvement in a nonmeeting format puts both parties at ease, in other words more talk and less e-mail. While there is the need for more formal interaction and notation of important matter in writing, informal interaction puts less strain on both parties and unifies feedback to clients and other building professions during meetings. It is important to know that Landscape Architects and Contractors are playing for the same team.

Time spent away from an installation to source plants is often the time in which something goes wrong on the site. Working on specific time-lines, the contractors often struggle to meet the deadlines set due to delays in sourcing plants, materials and correcting errors. Landscape Architects and Designers need to be more in touch with what the growers in their area have on offer, remembering that the growers are the guys with their hands in the soil and eyes on the plants. They make their living by producing the plants most suited to the area, knowing what plants are most successful and eliminating those that don’t perform. The growers are also able to recommend a variety of plants that can fulfil the same function, giving the effect desired by the designer. Get out there and see what’s standing on the grower’s blocks, ask them about the performance and applications and see what they offer. Most growers have experienced sales staff, weekly mailing lists of what is looking good and endless information about the plants they supply – make use of them, they are there for you!

I have also found great value in doing time-saving or quick hand sketches as a communication tool for explaining or relaying ideas, instructions, etc. The advent of the cell phone camera and social communication tools (WhatsApp) can practically also be used to greatly improve communication flows with regards to on site conditions, queries, etc.

“It is important to know that Landscape Architects and Contractors are playing for the same team.”

Well sourced plant palettes will leave the contractor more time to pay attention to the installation and completion of the project just the way the designer intended it to be. And, most importantly, a sustainable landscape and a happy client.

Anja Freysen Shadowlands Wholesale Nursery There is no doubt that South Africa has many talented and creative Landscape Architects and Designers who are taking our landscaping industry to new heights with their innovation and creativity. However, there is often a vast gap between the vision of the designer and the practical implementation of such projects. As growers of landscaping plants, we have daily contact with contractors at their wits end trying to source the plants required by the designers. Many of the plants specified are not easily available and often not practical to produce on a commercial scale. The result is that the contractors spend many frustrating hours in search of the plants specified, often being forced to source from growers outside of the region they are working in.

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Herman de Lange Director @ cndv landscape architects Transparent communication, the use of available communication tools and the understanding there-of are key to an improved and prolonged working relationship between not only the Landscape Architect and Landscape Contractor, but all involved in the built environment. Modern technology is available to all. These tools should be harnessed to their full potential in an attempt at creating effective and efficient multi-way communication flows. Having said this, I do believe that verbal communication is still, in most instances, one of the best forms of time-effective communication.

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Pro Landscaper Africa sits down with William Edwards, the director of WIlsonStone, a brand that has become synonymous with the landscaping industry over the years. We find out more about WilsonStone’s trusted products and offering to the trade, as well as their journey thus far.

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William Edwards When was WilstonStone established? WilsonStone was actually first established in 1925 by an Australian businessman called Wilson. It was then bought by my Great Grandfather, who passed it down to my great Uncle, who then passed it on to my father, John Edwards who then passed it onto me in 2005. It was initially established to produce small volumes of paving and precast concrete items and evolved through to producing high volumes of paving for the Johannesburg city council, septic tanks, kerbstones, Street Furniture and eventually GRC and Fibre Cement. You can still find paving slabs on the pavements of central Johannesburg – some of them even have the Wilson’s logo embedded in them. WilsonStone also still manufactures the granite paving slabs as mentioned in the newspaper article – this paver has been used to pave the pavements of Umhlanga in very much the same way as central Johannesburg was paved decades ago. What is the spectrum of products you have available to the landscaping industry? We have a very wide range of products that enable us to service a very broad range of clients. I feel this is essential in a small market like South Africa as demand for products can fluctuate enormously. For the landscape architect we have pots, benches, bins and

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bollards as well as pavers and copings for pools and step treads. We also supply tree accessories such as tree grids and tree guards. We manufacture in house using a variety of different materials such as Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC), Reconstituted Sandstone, Fibre Cement, Steel, Cast Iron and Precast Concrete. Our paving process involves very high compression machines capable of up to 500 tons which enable us to produce very high strength pavers. Our pot range is growing by the month thanks to a growing demand on volume and design. One of the key attributes to WilsonStone is that we have an on-site pattern shop which enables Landscape Architects and designers to use their own designs on specific projects. Where are your products best suited? Our range should have something for all applications and if there isn’t we can always produce a product that is suitable – we get requests for projects that have specific criteria - for example, I got asked once to produce a bench that was suitable for a public space, yet one should not be able to sleep on it or under it! That request resulted in the Firenze bench. We can also produce the same products with various finishes – thereby enabling them to become suitable for many applications. For example the Turin Bench – can finished in

off shutter grey for a taxi rank, reconstituted sandstone for a wine farm, or ground and polished for the interior of a shopping mall. What is WilsonStone’s unique selling point? We are a very flexible business especially in terms of design and capacity. As mentioned previously we have on an on-site pattern shop which greatly enhances new product development and the ability to produce custom products quickly and easily. We are also able to produce one off products (for example a water feature for a business park) as well as set up production lines to produce high volume items required for the building trade such as columns caps and bases. These attributes allow us to cater for almost any project large or small. Where do you source your products and the materials you use and do you manufacture any of the products you supply? We mainly focus on obtaining raw materials from the local area where the factories are based, especially the sand and stone which give the look and feel of our GRC and reconstituted products. We also use recycled materials in products like fibre cement where we can. We manufacture and design locally all the products we supply.

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Where can our readers find WilsonStone products and where are your head offices based? You can find all our details, including contacts for our 2 factories (one in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town) and you can also find the showroom in Johannesburg on our website: www.wilsonstone.co.za . We are looking to establish a showroom in Cape Town as well in the very near future. What would you say is WilsonStone’s ideal as a company? And how is sustainability embedded into your business? We aim to provide a quality product and service at a reasonable price and I think this is key to sustainability. Not producing quality products speaks for itself, but correct and reasonable pricing facilitates clients returning and not looking to the competition to perhaps provide a similar product at a cheaper price. Where do you see WilsonStone in 5 years’ time? A one stop shop for Landscape Architects, Architects and Landscapers for their hardscape requirements.

were all achieved successfully; there was also a very wide variety of products supplied from copings and step treads to benches, bins and bicycle stands all of which required specific criteria to be met. There were also very good landscapers and landscape architects involved in the project which made life very easy. Umhlanga Ridge Development is another that springs to mind– a granite paver of 450*450*30 was produced specifically for this project in 2004 and is still used and ordered today. To date roughly 25000m2 has been ordered and used for this project, which is testament to the durability and appeal of the product. Palazzo Steyn – this was a very high profile project with very tight time constraints; the landscape element was only half of the project, but a very memorable one due to the variety of elements involved. How many employee’s does WilsonStone have and do you support clients nationwide? We currently employ about 120 staff and we service nationwide and neighbouring countries. We are also starting to supply further abroad in countries such as Dubai.

Which has been your most rewarding project to supply to to-date and why? Mall of Africa – because we were challenged on various design aspects and those challenges

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TACKLING BIM Julian Raxworthy on the enigma that is BIM and how we, landscape architects and contractors will inevitably begin incorporating this system of which Revit is the Autodesk, into our future projects.

currently dominating the market, is VERY different, it is a whole different paradigm, which is why it is worth explaining.

Coming from the contracting end of the landscape industry in the 1980’s, when I got to university to study landscape architecture, I wasn’t a great drawer. Discovering AutoCAD early liberated and I became one of the few people in the landscape industry in Australia at the time who could use AutoCAD, guaranteeing me regular work with landscape architecture companies that needed to integrate with architect’s drawings, and ultimately my first teaching position. I was a computer person. Or so I thought. Flash forward 20 years and I was collaborating with architects in Cape Town. Since I was producing plans in AutoCAD, I was very surprised when they said to me “you may as well just give us a hand-drawing, since we will have to put it into Revit”. The young guy looked at me like an old person and said “um.. Revit is different”. “Different? Different? I am a computer guy” I thought Revit is bound to have geometry, layers, perhaps attributes, 3D elements? “How different can it be?”. The answer is BIM (Building Information Modelling), of which Revit is the Autodesk product

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AutoCAD is really a glorified pen: you produce whatever will appear on drawings. With Revit you choose from a proscribed series of elements, such as Walls, Floors, etc, and then you create them after having specified what they are composed of. Once you specify a height for them by connecting the element to a floor level in section, the element becomes a 3-dimensional model. The term “parametric” is used to describe the fact that Revit has parameters associated with those elements, such as, for example, the connection of the wall to a roof, such that if you move the roof up, the wall is extended to match it. Whereas AutoCAD foregrounds the drawing, and doesn’t care what something is, for Revit, if you don’t know what something is, you can’t really go anywhere. Once you have told Revit what you are drawing, like a floor for example, all the normal AutoCAD tools like lines, offset, trim, circles, etc are just there to provide an outline for the shape of that element. In order to get a drawing from Revit, one simply chooses a view of the model, such as a section or a plan at a certain level, rather than having to draw that view from scratch each time with AutoCAD. The emphasis on what something is makes Revit very practice focused, often frustratingly so, for an academic like me.

“AT THE VERY LEAST, BIM OFFERS BETTER QUALITY DOCUMENTS WITH A GREATER LEVEL OF ACCURACY AND THEREBY THE POTENTIAL FOR LESS VARIATIONS AND BETTER ESTIMATION, AS WELL AS EASE OF EXPEDITING REQUESTS FOR INSTRUCTION, WHICH WILL MAKE FOR A BETTER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONSULTANT AND CONTRACTOR.”

Since Revit is a particular BIM product, the Landscape Institute in the UK has chosen to keep the discussion about which product is best open. Indeed, Vectorworks, long a favourite for landscape architects because it was cheaper than AutoCAD and combined illustration with drafting (also rendering Adobe Illustrator unnecessary) is

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working with innovative landscape architects like McGreggor Coxall in Australia on a landscape specific BIM, sorry LIM (Landscape Information Modelling, which many in landscape architecture are arguing for). Nonetheless, in the short term at least, since Revit dominates in the architecture and engineering industry, in order to integrate documents with collaborators in the construction industry, landscape architects will need to develop Revit capabilities quickly. Correspondingly it’s not surprising that design focused practices who work extensively with architects, notably Green Inc in Johannesburg and Square One in Cape Town, are quickly moving their offices over to Revit. While in architecture at the University of Cape Town there is an aversion to Revit and a nostalgic fondness for drawing, in the Master of Landscape Architecture programme at UCT, with our 2017 intake we will move exclusively to using Revit in our construction subjects to produce drawings, though we will continue to work with AutoCAD for drawing large plans and the various Adobe products to render images. UCT also plans to run CPD programmes on campus to help the industry develop skills in this area. If you ask landscape architects who use Revit how it “fits” landscape projects, they will say

“you can do everything you need to in Revit”, which is really indicating it almost works, but not entirely. While work arounds are easy, nonetheless paving must be a floor, and each different level treated as a different floor in section. Large parts of the program will remain unused, while plant libraries will have to be developed and much will be custom “families” (objects that are modelled from scratch where Revit doesn’t have the range of built in families to suit landscape. While the “Site” elements such as topography are actually quite adaptable, for a discipline so much about the ground, more will need to be developed, not least of which will be the ability to process data on the scale of big sites that landscape deals with. Clearly BIM, sorry, LIM, will take some time to stabilize for the landscape industry but the imperative to collaborate will lead practices to use it nonetheless, as happened with AutoCAD, where no specific landscape drafting software ever took off. What is very useful, and the reason that UCT is using it straight away, is that as a way of thinking, that is, literally modelling everything that will be built, Revit will force students to really consider how things are put together and Revit will make it impossible to hide by only drawing less complex parts of the document package. It will also be able to produce drawings that meet conventions easily

This will both save us time in the construction classes and achieve a higher level of quality, thereby also opening up time for experimentation and design development of landscape details. Since a major part of Pro Landscapers audience is the contracting industry, what Revit offers to this sector is at this stage limited, though with great potential. At the top end of this potential might be the ability for a contractor to interrogate the computer model directly to see how things are supposed to be put together and to get quantities, and indeed for design and construct tenders internationally this type of collaboration between designer and builder is already happening on large architectural projects. In an industry where the number of contractors is small, and those working on big projects with bigger landscape architecture practices even smaller, exposure to BIM for now might be limited, but without doubt it it will change the face of landscape construction as it is the other parts of the construction industry. At the very least, BIM offers better quality documents with a greater level of accuracy and thereby the potential for less variations and better estimation, as well as ease of expediting requests for instruction, which will make for a better relationship between consultant and contractor.

About Julian Raxworthy

Julian Raxworthy graduated from the University of Queensland with a PhD and has a library of published works, his most recent being adapted into a book for release by MIT press this year. Julian is the senior lecturer for the master of landscape architecture degree at the University of Cape Town and is in the process of integrating BIM into the syllabus. Please email julian.raxworthy@uct.ac.za if you have any questions.

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BIM With the use of BIM increasing rapidly in the landscape architecture industry, design software solutions explains what it is, what it isn’t, and why you should consider integrating it into your process

“ON MANY LARGER PROJECTS LEAD CONTRACTORS ARE SPECIFYING THE USE OF BIM AS ONE OF THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN CONSULTANTS”

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uilding Information Modelling (BIM) has been a hot topic for a number of years in the world of architecture, and increasingly the world of landscape architecture as well. BIM projects are all about efficiency: coordinating 2D drawings, 3D models and relevant data, and sharing information with other consultants and team members, in order to increase the consistency of information, reduce errors and reduce the overall cost of the project. The world of landscape design has started to look seriously at the benefits of working with BIM workflows, and on many larger projects lead contractors are specifying the use of BIM as one of the criteria for selection of landscape design consultants. Here we see output from a typical example of a BIM design project, where we have a 3D model of a building and the site, from which 2D elevations, plans, site sections, construction diagrams and 3D visuals

can be generated automatically, together with reports and schedules on what resources have been used. In terms of the landscape element, this information would include hard landscaping schedules, planting schedules and cut and fill requirements caused by design modifications to the landscape itself. All of this is provided automatically through Vectorworks Landmark, a best-of-breed design tool for the landscape environment. Background The move towards BIM over the last few years has come about as a result of work done in 2005 by Patrick MacLeamy, CEO of HOK Architects, and his team. The MacLeamy Curve (figure 2) is a graph of the cost of decisions along the timeline of a construction project. It shows that decisions made early in a project (during design) can be made at lower cost and with greater

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effectiveness. Value engineering in projects is usually done when the bids come in; the MacLeamy curve tells us that value engineering decisions, especially ones that affect the lifecycle costs of the project, should be carried out earlier in the project, when decisions are relatively inexpensive and the impact on the project can be far greater. The government estimates that moving towards BIM will provide savings of 20% on project lifecycle costs; therefore it is no surprise that the government has mandated this approach on its own centrally procured construction projects from April 2016. In addition, commercial companies are certainly not averse to saving money, and many lead contractors are specifying the use of BIM on projects for which you might want to tender. How can it help you? The first thing we need to understand is what BIM is and, just as importantly, what it isn’t. BIM is not: • A file format • A software application (Revit, SketchUp or even Vectorworks) • An information technology. BIM is: • A way of working • Defined by workflows, which may vary from project to project • Enabled by information technology. So, as with most things in life, it is as much about people and how they work as it is about technology. Whether you are involved with large projects and working with other consultants on major bids or not, there are benefits and efficiencies to be gained from the BIM approach. Imagine creating your landscape design in such a way that all the 2D plans, sections www.prolandscaper.co.za

and elevations of your design could be generated automatically from a single model. Furthermore, imagine all of those drawings being automatically updated when a design change is made. How much time would that save you? What if every element of your design had information attached, enabling you to analyse your design automatically for areas, volumes, slope, cut/fill and planting lists? And again, what if all of these are automatically updated when design changes are made. How much time and money could that save you? This is what BIM and Vectorworks Landmark can offer. For those of you who are working in the wider world of multidisciplinary projects, with lead contractors, architects, structural engineers and mechanical and electrical engineers, BIM can provide further benefits. The ability to share the design work of all the teams working on a project and consolidate them into a single model can be quite revealing, and save time and money for everyone. However, with different specialisms, different firms and different people all potentially using different design software, we need a way of sharing and exchanging designs. How can we collaborate effectively on a BIM project? Open BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, construction and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. It is an initiative of buildingSMART and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model. Vectorworks is a member of buildingSMART and so are most of the suppliers of landscape design software – Autodesk, Trimble (SketchUP), Bentley, Graphisoft and many others. Open BIM thrives on the use of a universal file format, IFC, which enables the sharing of not just geometry, but also data between different design applications. Sharing models and information in this way enables us to greatly reduce the number of unbudgeted changes and clashes which typically occur when we start work on-site, helping towards the government’s target of 20% cost saving. Summary The latest NBS BIM survey suggests that 54% of organisations in the construction sector are already using BIM, with that figure set to rise to 86% in a year’s time. Whether BIM is right for you now, or maybe at some time in the future, more knowledge will help you make the best decision on BIM for your business, and avoid putting you at a disadvantage.

1O  utput from a typical example of a BIM design project – a 3D model from which 2D elevations, plans,site sections, construction diagrams and 3D visuals can be generated together with reports and schedules 2A  n example of a landscape in BIM 3T  he MacLeamy curve

design software solutions Design Software Solutions is the leading reseller of Vectorworks Landmark in the UK and a provider of the free CPD session ‘BIM – your next step’. W: www.designsoftware solutions.co.uk

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Pro Landscaper sits down with the directors of Interdesign Landscape Architects (ILA), Karen Botes and Shalini Singh Chetty, to find out more about a company whose focus encompasses all services within the green environment and is at the forefront of the latest technologies in EIA , green technology and landscape architecture.

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Have you both always known you would end up in the landscape architecture sector? What did you want to be as children? Shalini: Yes, I have always had a passion for Geography, which formed the basis for the career path I followed once I completed my secondary education. Karen: I only heard about landscape architecture as a career when I was in matric. My father was an entomologist, with a passion for the environment and I developed a keen interest in the environment since I was a young child. I also had an interest in art, as my grandmother and father were very artistic. The career path I chose was therefore a perfect combination of art and the environment. What did you study to prepare yourselves for this field? Karen: Shalini undertook a BA degree in Environment and Development at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and I studied landscape architecture at the University of Pretoria,

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“We look at the environment as a whole and not a site/ landscape in isolation. This results in resilient landscapes, which results in a more sustainable project and benefits the client and users in the long run.” after which I completed my Master’s degree in Horticulture at the Tshwane University of Technology. When did you both meet and how did you decide to open Interdesign Landscape Architects in 1998? Karen: Well, I worked at the City of Tshwane and partnered up with an Occupational Health and Safety consultancy which facilitated the establishment of ILA. ILA got involved in environmental impact assessments due to our association with the consultancy we teamed up with, in addition to the landscape architectural services we offered. Shalini joined ILA in September 2007, as an assistant Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP), in 2009 she was

promoted to EAP, and became director and shareholder in 2014. You are a multifaceted company with strong emphasis on the environment. How would you say your ecological approach affects your design interpretation and your aesthetic? Shalini:There is an inter-relationship between the landscape and the environment, and landscape architecture is underpinned by ecological management, as this usually influences a landscape design. Karen: Landscapes created by ILA are not only aesthetic and creative, but also ecological and functional for human use and the specific purpose

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of the project and client. Our landscapes focus on biodiversity, habitat creation, microclimate, sustainability, low maintenance, minimal use of resources through water-wise initiatives, and enhancing natural features of/ and surrounding the site. We look at the environment as a whole and not a site/ landscape in isolation. This r esults in resilient landscapes, which results in a more sustainable project and benefits the client and users in the long run. Interdesign offers many services to the industry‌ explain a little about the array of services you do provide as a company and what would each of you Karen and Shalini describe as your preferred area of expertise? Karen: ILA offers all aspects of landscape architecture and rehabilitation planning in addition to the environmental services we offer. In terms of my preferred area of expertise, I cannot single out one specific area, the main attraction of landscape architecture to me is the variety that landscape architecture projects offer. No client, project or site is the same, which implies that you have to think differently for each project in terms of its specific circumstances and requirements.

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Shalini: I would say all areas of environmental management and my preferred field would be environmental auditing as this allows you the opportunity to directly control conservation on site. You are also able to see your recommendations being implemented on site. What has been one of your most rewarding projects to date and why? Karen: In terms of landscape architecture, the Menlyn Maine precinct was the most rewarding. ILA was involved right at the onset of the project, where we could add value through the search and rescue of trees prior to commencement of construction, establishing a site nursery where the trees were maintained until it was relocated, and stockpiling of material that could be re-used in the project (i.e. topsoil and slate). In addition to this, the project strived towards green principles, with rooftop gardens, landscaping on super basements, level challenges which had to be a gradual transition for pedestrians to ensure connectivity, and inclusive design (for people with disabilities). The project offered a wide variety as it included hard landscaping and site furniture,

soft landscaping, streetscapes, a park and even a wetland. We took pride in every plant established and brick laid on the site. In terms of EIA, all projects within Waterfall City where ILA is largely involved in environmental audits. Shalini: A project that stands out is the Waterfall Wilds which consist of retail uses, commercial and a plant nursery. An ecologically sustainable approach, taking the wetland a Jukskei River into consideration, was adopted by the project team. ILA played an important environmental role via environmental auditing during the construction phase in ensuring the development met the ecological and sustainable targets set and agreed to by the project team. What would you describe as one of the biggest challenges facing our industry? Shalini: EAP's do not have an accredited professional body in South Africa for regulating the environmental profession. This has resulted in EAP's having many different qualifications, some of which are on a very broad scale and no directly related to environmental management

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Who would you say has influenced your work?

processes. We recommend the Department of Environmental Affairs speed up the regulatory body being finalised and put in place to which all accredited EAP's must comply with. Karen: Water is such a valuable resource in South Africa. Indigenous landscapes are therefore essential for the future of South Africa. The biggest challenge in terms of landscape architecture is to educate the public to appreciate South Africa’s indigenous vegetation, and in specific our magnificent variety of veldgrass species. Indigenous species have so many advantages. It increases biodiversity, makes landscapes resilient, and minimises the operational cost in terms of water usage (if water wise species are selected) and maintenance. In my opinion the green industry must work together in educating the public on the aesthetics of indigenous landscapes, and the many advantages of these landscapes. Magazines and publications play a vital role in this process, as well as successfully completed projects.

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Shalini: There is no specific person that has influenced my work, but given that I was raised in the South Durban Basin, and in specific all the environmental challenges that have been experienced in this area and those that to date are being experienced, I developed a passion for the environment and this has influenced my work. Karen: I found Ian McHarg’s approach of designing with nature very inspiring, and I am also intrigued by Patrick Watson’s designs, but in general I get ideas and inspiration almost on a daily basis from people and projects all over South Africa, overseas (from travelling) and the internet.

Karen: I can add that Shalini is brilliant with Indian dishes! Besides my 14-year-old daughter, whom I adore and prefer to spend every available moment with, I love photography, travelling and music. Photography – which means ‘painting with light’is very rewarding for me, and travelling gives one a perspective from another culture, broadens horizons and triggers creative ideas. I also find aerobics relaxing, but unfortunately there is not always enough time to do aerobics as often as I would have liked to.

What advice do you have for young aspiring Landscape Architects in our SA environment? Karen: You have to be passionate about what you do, never let go of your values and beliefs, and stay ethical and ecologically responsible. More practical advice, ensure that you always keep a paper trail of decisions made on projects. When you aren’t busy creating fantastic environments, what are both of your hobbies? Shalini: Besides my family, I love crafting and cooking.

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Spirit OF PLACE Set on site of Zimbali’s Valley of the Pools Coastal resort in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Uys & White Landscape Architects envisage an inspiring and unique space to enhance this coveted location’s genius loci in a truly magical fashion.

Client: Zimbali Estate Management Association Location: Zimbali Coastal Resort & Estate, KZN Timeline of Phase 1 Development: May 2017 - October 2017 Area Phase 1: + - 2 700m²

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Zimbali Coastal Resort is located amongst one of South Africa’s prime coastal nature reserves and has become one of the most prestigious Coastal Residential Estates in the world. It incorporates one of the three remaining forests in KwaZulu-Natal, providing a unique quality lifestyle within the natural environment.

Arrival Pavilion – The turning circle and arrival pavilion, constructed of mixed earth concrete, gives a sense of arrival and accommodates a pick-up and drop-off golf cart shuttle service. The floating roof garden with water-wise planting species allows the structure to blend into and age alongside the surrounding environment.

The Valley of the Pools facility has provided Zimbali residents and visitors many years of fun, sun-lounging and pool-side entertainment as well as uninterrupted views of the beach and ocean. Situated on the beach front, the space between the facility and the beach is an important departure point and needs to accommodate, as well as stimulate, the visitor. The journey is as important as the destination. To visit any facility should be a pleasant journey. The brief, which became the main philosophy for the Valley of the Pools upgrade, is threefold:

Parking Area Upgrade – An additional 35 golf cart parking spaces and 33 vehicle parking bays will allow an average of 230 extra visitors to the site. In peak season, the use of the Resort’s shuttle and golf cart service will ease vehicle congestion to the facility. The additional planted indigenous trees will provide shade to these areas.

1. To facilitate world-class entertainment with unique references 2. To accommodate the increase in user demand across the site 3. To identify new facilities The new facilities at the Valley of the Pools need to be both functional and memorable. The list below gives an introduction to the amenities: www.prolandscaper.co.za

Change of Mode – The visitor will cross the threshold over a water feature to discover the Valley of the Pools. The ‘floating’ roof garden, constructed of mixed earth concrete, allows the structure to blend into the surrounding environment and announce a memorable entrance. Shaded Circular Nodes – The circular pergola structures will create interest in the landscape and direct the visitor to the unique facilities, whilst shading them from the sun. Restaurant Upgrade with Viewing Deck – The increase in user demand called for an upgrade

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to be done to the kitchen area and provision of additional serving space. The extended deck and viewing deck above the restaurant provide an additional 105 seats. The timber-constructed viewing deck offers a distinct event space with cantilevered vistas over the Valley of the Pools, Indian Ocean and the coastal forest.

provide space for the whole family to enjoy the facility. The family daybeds are constructed with timber slats that mimic a sheltered bird’s nest.

MEET THE TEAM Architects & Principle Agents CA Architects Michael 032 946 3830

Waterlily Gazebos - The unutilised lake becomes the prime-most visual identity element of the Valley of the Pools. The timber constructed ‘waterlily-shaped’ gazebos appear to float on the lake surrounded by waterlilies. The initial phase of the project will incorporate one Waterlily Gazebo.

Kids’ Pool with Infinity Edge and Water Lounge - The existing kids’ pool will be upgraded with an infinity edge and a shallow water lounge extension, creating a unique experience with the water.

Landscape Architects Uys & White Landscape Architects, KZN Bianca 032 947 2401

Memorable spaces and elements have been created here to enrich the “genius loci” or “spirit of place”.

Pool Cabanas – Shaded timber structures provide intimate spaces around the existing pool areas as well as create an opportunity for romantic evening events.

Structural Engineers Monoblock Peter 032 947 0716 Quantity Surveyors Pinnacle QS Corne 072 514 0735

Family Day Beds – These cosy large ‘dayloungers’, adjacent to the existing kids’ pool,

Electrical & Security Consultants Adamastor Consulting 031 267 4150

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About Uys & White Uys & White KZN is a Landscape Architects practise, based in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. This firm is fortunate to have worldwide projects with extensive experience over 50 years, in Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Their scope of work includes master plans for new cities, urban design, residential estate layouts, streetscapes, markets & upgrades, royal palaces, landscape rehabilitation, boutique farms and agriculture, retirement estates, industrial and business parks, airports, resorts, water parks and city parks. With clients such as Unilever, Radisson Blu, Intercontinental, Investec, Old mutual to name a few, Uys & White create unique solutions, are inspired by nature and driven by people.

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HOPE Set in the two small rural settlements of Hopetown and Strydenburg in the Northern Cape, Habitat Landscape Architects, creates, on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs, two unique parks in which unskilled local labour can be sourced from the communities to bring their design for the members of these struggling communities to fruition.

Location: Hopetown & Strydenburg, Northern Cape. Client: Department of Environmental Affairs Cost: R 6, 000, 000 Size of project: Hopetown 3000m² & Strydenburg 3800m² Completion: February 2016

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Client brief and background The National Department of Environmental Affairs administrates Expanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP). These programmes aim to alleviate poverty and unemployment in the country. It is an important avenue for labour absorption and income transfers to poor households. EPWP projects provide short-term and long-term work opportunities and training to unemployed and unskilled individuals. Training is an important element to increase the future employability of participants. Hopetown and Strydenburg are two small rural settlements in the heart of the Karoo situated approximately half way between Cape Town and Johannesburg. The project falls within the Northern Cape Province, one of the largest and poorest provinces in South Africa. Despite the

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proximity to one of the largest rivers in the country the area is extremely arid, the local economy dwindling and the unemployment rate 80%. There are virtually no recreational facilities in the towns. The client brief called for three principal focuses: 1. The creation of employment opportunities, 2. Capacity building or skills development, and 3. 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 school children that resulted in significant insight into their social problems and needs as well as their perceptions of the environment. Design philosophy The first point of departure for the design was purely functional and a direct response to the environment, existing site and pedestrian movement corridors between the residential area and the business districts. Simplicity and robustness were considered critical considering that all construction will be by unskilled local labour sourced from the communities. During the schools competition it became evident that

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the local understanding of the area, ecology and environment is very basic. This presents an opportunity to tell the story of the local environment in a fun and playful manner by incorporating a narrative along the pathways, and designing the play area as a board game. We hope that the project will prompt the inquisitive nature of the children and educate them in a fun and informative way about their own environment. The park in Hopetown will focus on telling the story of the formation of the Karoo and the associated fossil record, whilst the park in Strydenburg, a setting with almost no potable water, will focus on ecological adaptation of plants, animals and people to the semi-desert environment Material and installation strategy As far as possible all materials had to be locally sourced and be extremely robust to limit vandalism. Sourcing materials in the local area proved more challenging than anticipated, and forced multiple reiterative design cycles and creative local solutions. The final designs in both parks respond to the principal movement patterns that the community follow between their homes and the local business district. The active and passive recreational spaces are articulated along these movement spines. Elements of colour and form interject into the pathways and draw the pedestrians into the various spaces. Limited knowledge of unskilled labour and equipment on site provided a challenge with specification of materials and installation methods. Other challenges included climatic conditions, procurement of materials with limited suppliers in close vicinity and transport between the sites which is approximately 60km apart. The planting strategy remains true to the indigenous only policy, using Olive, Karee and Thorn trees in the park. Hardy shrubs, planted between a double perimeter fence to protect them from wandering goats, define the park edges. All bricks were sourced from local clay brick-makers who still use age old technology to manufacture clay bricks. Robust, colourful play equipment pieces with a variety of colour were selected to add to the playfulness for the children of the local communities and to add colour to Northern Cape’s landscape.

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SUPPLIERS Materials and equipment OVK Hopetown 053 203 9200 GWK Hopetown 053 203 2865 Topsoil and stone Piet Louw 053 203 8160 Washed white river sand Douglas Sand 082 782 8071 Play Equipment Microzone Trading 011953 4540 Plants & Trees Plantwise 011 665 2819 Tshala Plantbrokers 082 413 8997 Just Trees 021 871 1595 Big Mug Containers 053 831 2204

About habitat landscape architects Our story is of a small core of individuals working as a team with a common passion, commitment and drive. We love to be creative, dream, and develop visions for the present and future. Our principal business activities are landscape architecture, heritage consulting and environmental planning. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience of planning, design, environmental management, project management and implementation within the local, national and international context. Our team dynamic enables excellence and is central to delivering on time and in budget.

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value RM282.9 million Build time 2.5 years Size of project 1.9 hectares

PARADISE FOUND GRANT ASSOCIATES An ambitious Malaysian development provides a sensory experience for residents and visitors

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esigned by developer Pulau Indah Ventures to offer an oasis of urban wellness, the Afiniti development covers a total area of 1.9ha and comprises five zones: serviced apartments, residential units, a wellness centre, a corporate training centre and wellness-themed retail. Afiniti, with architecture by the Kuala Lumpur-based aQidea Architects, was a key project in the development of Medini, a township spanning 9.2km². With a focus on sustainability, Medini is earmarked to be the Central Business District of Iskandar Puteri in Malaysia’s southern economic zone of Iskandar. www.prolandscaper.co.za

The Oasis garden All of Afiniti’s zones converge on a green podium courtyard which sits on the development’s basement car park. Designed and delivered by Grant Associates’ Singapore office, The Oasis is a green space with landscape features on multiple levels, including a central ravine, colonnade, water walls and overhead walkways. Each garden space was designed to respond to the adjacent building: • The wellness centre garden was devised to create a soothing retreat, with an enclosed feel for privacy. Features include a yoga deck, reflective pool and reflexology path, and the planting palette focuses on scented and medicinal plants, to soothe the senses.

• The corporate training centre maximises opportunities for people to meet and share ideas. An indoor/outdoor experience provides shelter from the tropical heat while still benefiting from a lush garden setting. •Gardens relating to retail, food and beverage include spaces for outdoor dining beneath feature trees, providing shade and maximising views through the wider landscape. • Residential gardens create a welcoming retreat for occupants, including tropical flower gardens and a children’s play area. The central ravine provides a textural and multidimensional heart to the scheme. Inspired by a wet mountain ravine, the design includes large-leaved shrubs and terracing infused with Pro Landscaper Africa / June 2017

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water features to offer a cooling experience in the city. Level changes were maximised by creating a sheltered colonnade space, large central pool and water walls.

Key facts • 50% of the development area is vegetated • 550 trees are planted including 36 different species, 15 native species • 55 different species of shrub and ground covers • 30% of the proposed species have medicinal benefits

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Concept The aim of The Oasis is to provide a retreat where people can enhance their wellbeing by immersing themselves in nature. Grant Associates took the structure of a fruiting tree as its inspiration: shoots and stems (paths and linking walkways) create a network across the space, with fruits and pods (individual gardens) occurring at key nodes. These provide spaces for seeds and flowers (art, play and water features). The key theme of multi-layered green space continues into the five zones in the form of sky-rise, rooftop gardens and vertical planting. Carly Lamb, senior associate at Grant Associates, comments: “Afiniti’s landscape concept was a fundamental part of the identity of this scheme for Medini, which centres on the theme of wellbeing. “Every aspect of the landscape aims to enhance residents’ and visitors’ sense of wellness and to inspire the imagination and excite the five senses. The scheme offers a range of experiences, from adventure and discovery to therapeutic areas of reflection and calm. Social experiences are also provided for in the form of barbecue areas, play spaces and places to sit together and enjoy the surrounding, natural lushness. “This project is significant as it demonstrates the possibilities of creating unique and characterful spaces,

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while dealing with the complexity of establishing a landscape on a podium structure.” Challenges Considerable coordination was required between Grant Associates and other disciplines and contractors to ensure that the key landscape elements would be maintained throughout the build. For example, lowering the structural slabs and beam to allow for required soil depths and water features within the limited space. The site’s relatively small size and intensity meant there was an overlap of various contractors working at any one time. This called for the careful protection of completed works. In addition, high quality tree stock proved difficult, though possible, to source in Malaysia. Planting •T  ropical, informal spaces The aesthetics of the planting are informal, embracing the patterns of nature rather than straight lines. The layered and lush feel of the planting gives a relaxed feel to each space, which in turn adds to the restorative benefits. •M  edicinal and indigenous species Many species that are indigenous to Malaysia and South East Asia were used, allowing the gardens to be rooted in the local context. Plant species traditionally related to healing are also

incorporated throughout. The aim is to weave nature into the built environment, emphasise the connectedness of all life forms, and enable people to experience nature’s healing power. • A sensory experience The planting was chosen to appeal to the five senses: scented and colourful flowers, textural leaves, plants that move in the breeze, and edible herbs. All selections were made to demonstrate the multifunctional uses of plants and the delight of the natural world. The planting also provides a retreat for fauna in the urban environment, with birds, butterflies and insects enhancing the sensory experience of being immersed in the natural world. • Colour and delight Among the layered tropical planting of various greens, colour highlights were used, as found within a natural rainforest. The colour of the planting responds to the use of the space: for example, the food and beverage areas have richness with red and blue highlights,

while the wellness centre garden uses cooler shades of white and pink. • Creating structure, shade and screening The multi-layered forest approach provide a structure to give hierarchy to the sequence of spaces. Taller trees offer a filtered shade canopy to key spaces and routes, while smaller flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs provide colour and richness. Taller shrubs were used to provide enclosure and screening where privacy and seclusion were desired.

REFERENCES Design Grant Associates

www.grant-associates.uk.com Main contractor, including all hardworks and structures Sunway Construction Sdn. Bhd

www.sunwayconstruction.com.my Soft landscape contractor (planting) Green Hub Sdn. Bhd

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1 Illustrative view looking into the ravine

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2 Illustrative section through the central ravine

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3 Entrance steps and water cascade 4 Sensory garden 5 Waterfall into the ravine pool

www.aqidea.co.my Developer Pulau Indah Ventures

6 Bridge linking across the ravine

ABOUT GRANT ASSOCIATES Grant Associates is an international landscape architecture consultancy. It has experience in all scales and types of ecological and landscape development including strategic landscape planning, master planning, urban design and regeneration, and landscapes for housing, education, sport, recreation and commerce. www.grant-associates.uk.com

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Location: Nova Constantia Project size: 1500m2 Budget: R1,2M Age of garden: 2 and a half years old. Started in 2014 and completed in 2016.

Stream come t%rue Set against the panoramic views of the Constantiaberg mountains and bordering its vineyards, this beautiful garden created by Cape Contours is a pure example of how a Contemporary Meadow & Stream garden elegantly merge to create a showstopper.

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et against the panoramic views of the Constantiaberg mountains, and bordering the vineyards, is a garden that evolved from the client’s goal to enhance the natural small stream running through the property. With the assistance of Landscape Designer, Cara Smith, the vision was elevated and took her cue from the surrounding Vineyards and Constantia hills to create a soft, yet dramatic meadow garden that blends seamlessly with its natural environment. The Brief The brief to enhance the existing muddy stream, that flowed year-round, was the starting point for the garden design. The owner wanted the stream to be made more prominent and to have large enough bodies of water nearer the house, to house his beloved Koi fish.

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Cara was called in early prior to when the house was built, to design the garden around the house and where it meets the stream and ponds in more detail. Early planning meant that large Yellowwood and Cork Oak trees were sourced and planted with crane trucks to soften the house and frame the views in the landscape before access to the garden became difficult during the build. The garden backs onto the Contantia valley vineyards and today it is hard to decipher where the garden ends and the vineyard properties begin. Soil from the stream was kept to create berms and mounds on the very flat site, where soft combinations of grasses and bulbs were planted for year round textural interest. Soft grasses and bands of perennial planting in the meadow garden and the steel picket fence, blur

the boundary and help anchor the garden and house into its surrounding landscape. Challenges Because the house had a building timeline of two years, one of the challenges was to create the garden in phases and keep newly planted areas out of bounds during the building works. Planning for access of large volumes of heavy materials had to also be carefully executed, so that the shaping of the stream and ponds and moving of earth with heavy machinery for creating mounds could carry on after the house blocked the access from the road. The ponds and stream are used today for irrigating the landscape and technical planning specialists were called in early to ensure there would be

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PLANT LIST A mix of indigenous and exotic grasses, perennials and bulbs made up the palette for this garden. Many of the existing plants from the old garden were carefully lifted and transplanted or bagged up to keep for their later planting. Some of the plants from this project include: Gunnera perpensa Pennisetum Pennisetum orientalis Stipa gigantea Salvia nemorosa Salvia leucantha Knautia macedonica Freesias & Oxalis bulbs

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capacity for the garden’s water needs down the line. Specialists for the Koi fish and water requirements were also called in to collaborate in the stream and pond design and the result is a natural looking stream and ponds, planted with indigenous Gunnera and plant species. Highlights Designing the Meadow garden that blends the garden with the landscape beyond it, for Cara, has been the most rewarding part of seeing this garden come to life. The abundance of birdlife and animals that the various grasses, perennials and bulbs attract throughout the year has been a highlight. Cape Mossies and White Eyes go wild about the Pennisetum grass seeds in Autumn and a Cape Otter has become a regular garden visitor in the stream. The garden’s water needs are satisfied predominantly from the stream and most of the plants were established with stream water. The garden’s future water needs were carefully taken into account when the stream and ponds were extended and the reduced lawn area around the house and large swathes of grasses and planting ensure the garden is Water Wise and will remain so as it grows into maturity.

SUPPLIERS HP Plum Peter Uhlenhaut 021 981 1156 Contour Decking Robin Schultz 0217948361 Out of the Blue Ernest Nieuwoudt 021 947 3747 Trees SA 021 842 0003 Dag Williams Fairholme Plants 021 848 9738 Duncan Henderson Reliance 0861 888 784 Tiffany McKie

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About Cape Contours

Cape Contours provides a comprehensive landscape service to a wide range of clients. Its focus is on consultation, design and implementation of landscapes, construction of precision gabion retaining walls and installation of living green walls. The company is based at the foot of the Muizenburg mountain range in Cape Town. Cape Contours is also keen on collaborating on projects.

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TORO’S DRIPLINE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS Drip irrigation is easy to assemble, is not affected by wind and evaporation is minimal which makes landscape drip the most effective watering solution and a water saving solution. It alleviates the growth of weeds and unnecessary watering and has decreased the incidences of plant disease that can occur with other types of irrigation systems. The Landscape drip line is generally laid out in a grid that has the lines 300mm apart. Newly planted trees require a drip ring around them as they need extra water to establish themselves into the landscape. Every system needs a STF disc filter attached to them, regardless of the water source. It is very affordable insurance so that contaminants in the water, clog the filter and not the emitters. Most drip systems should have a pressure regulator, a good option here is the Hunter adjustable ACCU SYNC pressure regulator, especially if you are on city water delivering between 4 and 6 bar. To determine how much water the drip system will require simply add up the total number of emitters and their flow rates. (Example 100m of .33m spacing dripline with a 2 l/h emitter. 100/.33 = 303 emitters, each 2 l/h = a total of 606 l/h or 10.1 l/min). www.turf-ag.co.za

K-RAIN’S RPS 75I WITH INTELLIGENT FLOW TECHNOLOGY™ The RPS 75i with Intelligent Flow Technology™ from K-Rain Manufacturing provides a new level of control to the contractor. With this one rotor, distance and water flow can be adjusted simultaneously and proportionately without changing nozzles or using the break-up screw. With a simple turn of the patented Flow Shut-Off, contractors can control the distance and water flow up to 50%. The RPS 75i delivers even water distribution, eliminates dry spots and provides better zone performance. These significant benefits are attained while saving water- up to 30%.

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The combination of advanced engineering and easy-to-use top adjustments give contractors an edge in providing clients with water-smart irrigation technology while saving time and money on every project. The RPS 75i – the right rotor for every landscape! Available in ABS plastic and stainless steel. www.krain.com

The new Pro-HC controller with Hydrawise software from Hunter Industries is the most complete Wi-Fi irrigation solution available and provides timesaving irrigation site management capabilities from anywhere, anytime. The powerful Hydrawise software allows for daily watering schedule modifications based on local, real-time weather conditions. Hydrawise also generates automatic alerts when a pipe is broken and continuously monitors the electrical current flowing to solenoid valves. With Hydrawise, contractors have a powerful water management tool for their customers. This will help you meet the growing homeowner demand for smart irrigation products, expand your business, and ensure customer satisfaction. www.hydrawise.com

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GULF MICRO SPRINKLER Micro sprinklers are a cross between surface spray irrigation and drip irrigation with the advantage of water emitters with a large diversity of flow rates, droplet sizes, wetting diameters, shapes or radiuses and can operate at low pressures. Micro sprinklers deliver water through micro tubing to a series of nozzles attached to risers or droppers. Micro irrigation offers a larger wetted area than drip irrigation with high levels of accuracy, uniformity and reliability. This form of irrigation is perfectly suited to green houses, nurseries, landscapes and residential gardens. Moisture within the root zone can be maintained while reducing evaporation. The microsprinkler range includes sprayers, swivels, misters and foggers. Benefits include: Water application efficiency; customized solutions for every application; Moisture within the root zone can be maintained while reducing evaporation; Vastly reduced water loss due to wind; Fertigation is achievable with this type of system; Climate control in green houses. www.agriplas.co.za

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NETAFIM’S DRIPLINE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS While sprinklers throw water through the air, causing overspray, staining, slippery surfaces, missed areas and lots of wasted water, Netafim drip products radiate water throughout the soil, delivering water directly to the plant’s root zone. Netafim dripline is flexible tubing with highly sophisticated emitters permanently installed to the inside wall of the tubing. The emitters release a very specific amount of water, very slowly, at a low pressure, directly to the root zone of the plant. Pictured here is Netafim’s UniTechline: Selfcompensating and self-cleaning dripperline with flow rates of 1.6 or 2.3 l/h delivering precise and equal amounts of water over a broad pressure range. www.netafim.co.za

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C H R IST OP H E R W IL L IA M S

Q UEN T I N KLE Y N H A N S

CEO of Catscapes Landscapes

Owner of Green Cube Maintenance and Landscaping Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Complete gardening in South Africa by WG Sheat and Gerald Schofield Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)? Bali Gardens

Your most referred to gardening book of all time? The gardener’s guide to South African Plants by Pitta Joffe Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)? Versailles

Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? Leatherman Wave

Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? Secateurs

Top plant? Orchids

Top plant? Arum lily

How is sustainability embedded within your business? Quality and Consistency Biggest life influence? Family and Friends

How is sustainability embedded within your business? Environmentally sustainability is really important to us, good plant choices, water conservation and preservation, and good soil management practices

Describe yourself in three words. Spontaneous, Neat and Helpful

Biggest life influence? God and my wife

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? Keith Kirsten, Greg Minaar and Christoph Sauser

Describe yourself in three words Faithful, fun, fresh

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? Specialized Racing Team

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? Richard Branson, Darth Vader and Mr Bean

Favoured drink? Beer

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? Sharks Favoured drink? Coffee

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E R I C D O UC H A

Nursery Owner at Sebenza Wholesale Farm

Your most referred to gardening book of all time? What Flower Is That by Kristo Pienaar Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)?

The Lost City Gardens At Sun City designed by Patrick Watson Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? New Hollands Skid Loader Top plant?

Aloe Dichotoma How is sustainability embedded within your business? Supplying a big selection of good quality plant material at a realistic price. Biggest life influence? My Mother

Describe yourself in three words On The Go

J U L IA N BA R T E L S

Landscaping Manager: AfriLandscapes (A division of AfriServ)

Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Ernst Van Jaarsveld’s book “Gardening with indigenous plants” Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)? Shangri-La in Betty’s Bay Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? Felco 2 Secateur Top plant? Aristea capitata for its unique flower and defining TMNP How is sustainability embedded within your business? In selecting plants following the local micro climate and the use of drip irrigation where possible. Grey water bears huge potential, but it is misunderstood as a water source to keep gardens green.

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner?

Biggest life influence? Colin Priem, CEO of Afriserv, who has mentored me within the landscaping industry since 2005.

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)?

Describe yourself in three words Spontaneous, Adventurous, a Multi-tasker.

Favoured drink?

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? My wife, Archbishop Tutu, Paul Odendaal (Cape Town Flower Show)

Carlos Santana, Ernie Els & Darryl Hall Tottenham Hotspur Bell’s Whisky

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? Michael Schumacher

Pro Landscaper Africa asks a few quick-fire questions to gain an insight into the people who are lighting up our industry

Favoured drink? Tafel Lager

To feature on these pages in future issues, email chanel@paperplanepublications.co.za

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