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APRIL 2017 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 10

6 News Shed Industry news from around South Africa FEATURE 10 High and Mighty Paul Newman on how to make the most out of small spaces in outdoor design. 12 Site Visit Green House Technologies: A look at some of our preferred supplier’s site’s and how the products our industry comes into contact with frequently, are sourced tested and certified. OPINIONS 16

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Do We Want Perfect Landscapes? Ida-Marie Strydom on resilient landscaping with fragile ecosystems.

19 The Importance of Urban Green Space Ida Breed on why accessible, quality green space is paramount in our city living. 20 Company Profile A closer look at Easigrass South Africa 23 Interview Julian Raxworthy, one of the most influential individuals within our landscaping industry, on his ideals, what he thinks is vital to our landscaping profession and how he is moulding the perception of our industry through young minds.

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32 Modern Meets Indigenous 36 Urban Roof 40 Roof Garden EQUIPMENT

45 The Best in Outdoor Equipment 46 & 47

Top Decks Whether you are looking for decking or decking products, we have you covered. Our picks for decking suppliers and the best products for your decking needs.

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NEWS

NEWS SHED THE CONCRETE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCI A TI ON CERTIFICATION SERVICES (CMA CS) HAS U N DE RTA K E N ITS FIRST COMPLETE INITIAL ASSESSMEN TS A N D CERTIFIED A NUMBER OF PRODU CTS ON B E H A L F OF I TS MAIDEN CLIENT, BOSUN BRICKS. Initial assessments were undertaken to test compliance with SANS specifications on a number of different precast concrete products that are manufactured by the company and that need to be certified to meet engineering and architectural specifications. The CMA CS Mark of Approval is the first non-SABS mark to be used in the concrete industry since legislation was changed to allow multiple certification authorities to undertake certification of SANS standards. Born from the need to professionalise the certification of products within the precast concrete industry, CMA CS was established under the wing of the voluntary members’ association for the industry, the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA). This was in response to undue delays in the issuing of SANS certification from the current certification body that had the potential to harm member companies whose products needed certification in order to meet customer requirements.

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Speaking on acceptance of the Mark of Approval, David Wertheim Aymes, managing director of Bosun Bricks said that adherence to standards is critical and that the establishment of CMA CS is a step in the right direction for the concrete industry CMA CS general manager Christo van Zyl, concluded that the new certification process also marked an improvement over traditional certification as it is completely comprehensive, is undertaken by system auditors with industry knowledge and is done timeously to avoid manufacturers losing out on deals while waiting months for certification that should be done in a matter of days or weeks. www.bosun.co.za

10TH G RE E N B U I L DI NG CON VE N TI ON SAVE THE DATE 9 – 1 1 O CTO B E R 20 1 7 CA P E TO W N The Green Building Convention 2017 is the definitive event on the sustainability calendar. Now in its 10th year, the Convention takes the lead in presenting the very latest trends and ideas in sustainable building practices. You are invited to save the date for this iconic10th event. Seats are limited and will sell out, so book your spot. www.prolandscaper.co.za


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I L A S A P RE S I DE N T DR IDA B RE E D RE CE I VE S A C3 RA TI N G FROM TH E N RF

COST-EFFECTIVE AND SU STAINABLE SOLUTI ON S J E E P TRA CK 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 where roads may or have already become eroded by weather. The specialised design of the blocks, with earth filled gaps and varying height concrete areas, ensures greater traction for vehicles, particularly in mountainous environs and/or wet conditions. The ability to wire tie the blocks together into long mats and anchor these into the natural soil further assists in stabilisation of the blocks and road surface.

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Placement in Jeep Track orientation is cost effective due to a material saving by only paving 2 strips of approx 600mm wide (each) as opposed to paving the entire road width. Traditionally, gravel roads or earth tracks require costly regular maintenance, such as grading. Insitu concrete surfaces start cracking up very soon after installation and degrade very quickly with large chunks of concrete spalling and breaking off. These type installations generally require regular repeated applications that become too costly to maintain.

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 socialecological resilience. She is trained in urban ethnography and makes use of qualitative research methods. The findings of her research are relevant to national health issues concerning people and the environment and indicate the importance of quality public open space criteria in the developing world. Dr Breed is currently the President of the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and has published in international accredited journals such as the Journal of Urban Planning and Development. She is passionate about both biodiversity conservation and social consciousness, which has inspired her travels in the developing world.

Technicrete’s Jeep Track allows for vegetation growth through the blocks (if required) and easy maintenance of this. A correctly designed and installed Armorflex Jeep Track project will offer a closure solution with minimal maintenance requirements that will not crack, break, shift or become unusable for vehicular access. Armorflex Jeep Track roads can be designed to accommodate low to high intensity traffic and a variety of loading from cars to heavy trucks. For more visit www.technicrete.co.za

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CRYSTAL LAGOONS SIGNS FIRST PROJECT IN SA, 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. 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, bringing beach paradises to new locations.

Africa,” says Alastair Sinclair, regional director for Africa at Crystal Lagoons.

“The Crystal Lagoon at The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate will have beaches, a pedestrian promenade and clubhouses for the use of residents. Balwin The Crystal Lagoon at The Blyde at Riverwalk chief executive, Steve Brookes, says the lagoon at Estate joins over 600 Crystal Lagoons projects – in different stages of development and negotiation The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate will be the first of at least six lagoons in SA combined with the world wide – in over 60 countries. Balwin brand. “At 1.5 ha, the Crystal Lagoon will be a key Sinclair says the addition of a Crystal Lagoon to selling-point for the development, and will be the first lagoon to feature the concept in Sub-Saharan property developments greatly increases sales,

Design: • Select a paving system that is durable and is easy to maintain and repair • Ensure that the base is designed and constructed to avoid differential settlement • Minimize joint and chamfer widths to control vibration for wheeled devices • Select appropriate trees and plants for locations near brick pavements, and employ root barriers or other best management practices to accommodate them

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“A typical Crystal Lagoons uses 30 times less water than a standard golf course, and in many cases rainwater is all that is needed to replenish the water, thanks in part to the patented antievaporation film which restricts the amount of water lost through evaporation.”

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Part 2 of the Technical Guide by Clay Brick Association A Technical guide related to the design, construction and maintenance of pavements constructed of brick pavers that will serve all users, including those with disabilities and improve general accessibility. Research and prolonged use has proven that segmental clay paving complies with b accessibility guidelines.

and at a very low cost – in construction and maintenance, and importantly, in basic resource consumption such as electricity and water. A Crystal Lagoon can be filled with fresh, brackish, or even salt water and uses 2% of the energy of standard pool filtration technologies, and 100 times fewer additives.

• Consider permeable pavements that allow more stress on the wheelchair user. Pavers with larger chamfers may cause discomfort. rapid water runoff and allow air and water to reach tree roots Bond Pattern • Minimize curb cuts in accessible paths to • A 90 degree herringbone pattern is preferred provide more level surfaces over the 45 degree pattern • Use truncated dome pavers/detectable warning • A running bond pattern is recommended surfaces where applicable where the longitudinal joints are aligned with • Select bond pattern and orientation that the direction of travel minimizes wheelchair vibration • A 90 degree herringbone pattern will maintain safe levels of vibration even with Paver Selection 6mm chamfered pavers. • Select pavers that have top surfaces and • Select pavers with a surface that will edges that are planar provide adequate slip resistance when wet • Pavers with chamfers less than 6 mm wide allow the front wheel (126 mm diameter or larger) of a wheelchair to span the distance between the top surfaces of the pavers without creating undue

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HIGH AND MIGHTY In the second of a three-part mini series, Paul Newman discusses the design of a roof terrace

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ost roof terraces are not as big as ground level gardens so they can be tricky to design when the client has a lot of requirements. In general, we keep our designs simple but functional. No matter how small the space, seating should always play a big part in the design. Everyone likes to sit out on their new terrace, and seating creates a great social area where friends can gather, chat and dine. Space is precious, so use minimal materials to make a big impact. This will create an uncluttered look and enhance the overall effect. As discussed previously, weight is an important

factor, so material choice plays a big part in this and should be considered in the overall proposed scheme. For hard surfaces decks are the obvious choice, with plenty of material options available in softwood, hardwood or composite, along with a choice of fixing systems. All flat roofs will slope to aid water run off, so the substructure can be suspended on adjustable pedestals to give a 10

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level area. This creates space beneath, perfect for concealing lighting cables or irrigation feed pipes, while also allowing water to drain away naturally beneath the deck into existing gullies. If weight distribution has been checked out properly by a structural engineer then paving options can also be used. Again, set these on pedestals with small spacing gaps between to aid drainage.

NO MATTER HOW SMALL THE SPACE, SEATING SHOULD ALWAYS PLAY A BIG PART IN THE DESIGN Soil can be a dead weight, especially when wet, so it is worthwhile specifying glass reinforced plastic (GRP) planters. These are lightweight yet strong and available in a huge range of shapes, styles and colours to suit every scheme, and of course bespoke options. If you want large planters to add impact and structure, but only intend to fill with smaller plants, then get your supplier to fit a false base half way up the planter. Existing boundary heights to the perimeter should be no lower than 1,100mm for obvious safety reasons. You may be fortunate enough to have attractive glass balustrade to enjoy the view, but if these are unsightly then use rows of planters for attractive screening. Alternatively, the walls can be clad in timber which then gives the opportunity to use different lighting schemes by creating plinths, ledges or overhangs. Tricoya panels also offer excellent design options with a long service life and can be cut, sanded and painted. Many roof terraces have air con units fitted to them. These can be disguised with slatted panels, either in natural timber or painted to fit with your scheme. As long as they can be accessed for maintenance, box them in to fit in with the garden.

SPACE IS PRECIOUS, SO USE MINIMAL MATERIALS TO MAKE A BIG IMPACT

ABOUT PAUL NEWMAN Paul Newman Landscapes provides a complete landscaping service from concept to completion for clients throughout London and Hertfordshire, offering high quality individual design and build projects to suit any client’s style and budget.

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FEATURE

SITE VISIT

Greenhouse Technologies is a thriving entity specialising in Greenhouse related products. This includes greenhouse plastics, peat moss, coir, irrigation systems and Dutch technology. We visited Francois de Kock at their head office in Johannesburg to find out more about these industry leaders and their products. Greenhouse Technologies founder, Francois de Kock saw an opportunity in 2007 to open this company. On the 1st of September the company was officially opened with Francois starting out as a lone ranger. It was only himself as an employee in his garage in Krugersdorp. He grew the business gradually, with their first warehouse being opened in City Deep at the Multi-Flora Market. Since then,

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to go! Their Peat Moss is tested in Lithuania, Coir-Cocopeat is imported from India where each container is tested and their film is imported from Israel. Francois makes sure that the factories where their products are manufactured are doing all of the necessary tests before products are imported. He visits these factories to ensure Products on offer to the landscaping industry include; Greenhouse Film/Plastic where they offer a the quality and most importantly to maintain variety of greenhouse film with different properties relationships with their foreign investors. These foreign investors ensure continuity and healthy aiding all of the growers needs. growth for the business. Francois has grown and expanded the business into what we see today. Greenhouse Technologies is now known as one of the market leaders in the greenhouse film and growing mediums industry with about 30 employees nationwide.

Another fantastic product is Coir (Coco Pith), which has now become a standard in the industry. It is a 100% organic growing medium and can be used to improve the structure of your growing medium. Better drainage and higher air-fill porosity is to name but a few of the other benefits. Greenhouse Technologies provides Coir in different percentage mixtures varying from 100% Coco Pith to 60/40 mixed with chips. This makes it easy to get the correct air-fill porosity and drainage ratio for their client’s specific needs.

When asking Francois what makes Greenhouse Technologies unique to our industry he stated, ‘My core belief is in growing with my customers, I believe that if you invest in your customers, they will invest in you.’ What makes this company unique is that it wants to give you the best possible product for your individual need. Greenhouse technologies pride themselves on customer satisfaction, where a sale doesn’t end at point of sale- the after service is just as important.

Their Irrigation systems are imported from Israel. Using Rivulis. . Rivulis provides a wide range of Landscaping products including driplines (brown & Giving their customer the best possible price, green ), Supertif button drippers, filters and valves. without undermining the quality of their products is paramount. Juggling all of this whilst making sure they always have stock of the relevant items is They also supply Peat moss, imported from what makes this operation a success. Lithuania. Klasmann-Deilmann is the brand on offer. It is the world’s leading Peat Moss manufacturer. What makes Peat moss so fantastic, is that it has a much higher water retention capacity and a stable chemical composition. This means that the amount of times you need to water the plants are minimalised. Peat Moss also gives you more security due to its quality. All of these products are certified and tested off site and arrive at Greenhouse Technologies ready

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In the future Greenhouse Technologies want to grow their export industry and have a more dominant footprint throughout the southern parts of Africa. They are also wanting to supply specialised products for specialised growers in future- making them the go to people when it comes to growing in a greenhouse, the A-Z, one-stop facility that can give you the best possible service, with the best possible results.

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Francois de Kock www.ghtech.co.za 011 613 3103

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DO WE WANT A PERFECT LANDSCAPE?

Ida-Marié Strydom on resilient landscaping with fragile ecosystems.

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he art of gardening, like any other art form, remains a personal and individual expression. The idea of applying rules to gardening seems almost inconsistent with its aesthetic outcome. Although gardens are judged according certain pre-set criteria when entered into various landscaping and green industry competitions, narrow prescriptions on exactly how gardens should be designed and installed, should never be too restrictive as gardens are places where freedom of creativity is expressed. A garden's beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, rules are there for good reason, especially where garden installation is to be done within 'vulnerable' environments where ecosystems are already under threat and legislative requirements apply. Green building requirements are giving new direction to landscape installations and determines specified fundamentals that are to be incorporated. Natural phenomenons such as climate change demand a refocussed approach to resilient landscape installation and maintenance.

and the client's requirements. Truth is, there is no 'perfect' landscape. We deal with sensitive and ever-changing ecosystems. These are fragile but dynamic systems affected by living things (animals, birds and humans) and, predominantly, the climate. Here lies the challenge: try not to disturb the already-fragile ecosystems. Always attempt to improve, or at least work in harmony with the existing landscape.

for decades, however some of the elements are becoming more prevalent as we try to cope with climate change and other environmental sustainability challenges. It is all about water and it starts with good design and preparation

Despite doing what we can to limit our consumption and provide for the ecological I agree, ecology, sustainability and landscaping future, natural resources like water continue are different fields, however when it comes to to be an increased scarcity. The main focus landscaping, these elements are intertwined. behind creating a water-wise garden is to create Thinking ecologically about landscaping is certainly a garden which is both attractive and thrives not a "new" idea. These ideas have been around with minimal water. It starts with the design.

Therefore, although I am sometimes tempted to say: "When it comes to gardening, rules do not apply – just go with your creative intuition", I know from my 20 years' experience in the green industry, that guidelines and rules are constructive and if applied correctly, will result in a resilient landscape where the diversity of life and the elements thrive together in an interconnected system. So what are the rules? Well, in an ideal garden, the mixture of colours, shapes, textures, lines and sizes are all artfully combined to form the perfect landscape. The application of these rules can be basic or complex depending on the landscape 16

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OPINION A good design makes installation and maintenance easier, and ensures correct application of water-wise features. Soil preparation is important to ensure waterretention. The application of stones and rocks to serve as water insulation for root systems, may be effective. We could cut down on lawn areas and rather create an architectural feature that looks pleasing and is water-wise. Organic mulch is essential for retaining water and reduces evaporation. Irrigation systems are best for watering gardens as the amounts of water are controlled. Drip-irrigation is an even better watersaving tool, since it allows a set amount of water to drip onto plant beds and straight into the root systems, and can even make use of recycled rainwater. Rainwater and greywater harvesting to nourish eco-conscious gardens are becoming an essential landscape activity and innovations in this area are rife. Indigenous plants and shrubs are usually less thirsty than alien vegetation. The list of things to do to create a water-wise garden is extensive and I have highlighted only a few in the paragraph above. The good news is that there any many new technologies driven

by the Internet of Things (IoT) that are already available to make our challenges of taking care of the fragile ecosystems less daunting. Devices, drones and other items are embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. These are already applied in the landscaping industry and will surely become more popular. All of these newly designed devices can help us to create the 'perfect' landscape. Question remains, do we want a 'perfect' landscape? Is a green space not supposed to be dynamic, evolving, growing, changing with its own set of 'imperfections'? Ecosystems are dynamic and ever-evolving. Should we then strive to design and install ''perfect'' award-winning landscapes, or should we focus on creating landscapes that are in harmony with ecosystems and that are, in the eye of the beholder, nevertheless beautiful?

About Ida-MariĂŠ Strydom Ida-MariĂŠ is one of the directors of Life green group and after winning the award for Business Women of the Year for the Johannesburg region in 2014, she was made the chairwomen of SAGIC in 2016. Ida is Pretoria born and has been in the landscaping industry for 20 years.


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THE IMPORTANCE OF URBAN GREEN SPACE Ida Breed on why accessible, quality green space is paramount in our city living.

Too often do I hear people say that parks are not used in South Africa or that parks are unsafe. When I visit or drive past parks, especially on weekends, I see them packed with people. When you visit a private open green space like the Botanical garden or the Irene dairy farm you also find them swarming with parents and kids. So why is there the idea that parks are not used or safe? Is it really the case or is it that we are blinded by our perceptions and our upbringing? Do we perhaps feel unsafe when confronted with the unfamiliar, such as people from different social economic class or with different habits and ways of doing? The City of Tshwane has 3% open space managed by Nature Conservation and 5% open space managed by Parks and Horticultural services, this gives a total of 7% semi “accessible” open space. The estimated minimum required open space is 10%, with people not having to walk more than 5-10 minutes to reach a pocket park near their homes. Urban open space is a finite resource that has to be protected, what we lose to development will not come back. Open space is such an important amenity, not only for human recreation and well-being but also for environmental and ecological health in urban areas. Yet, it is hard to find quality public open space in South Africa where sufficient funds are spend to create durable amenities and varied recreation to those that need it most. Our better examples in Pretoria, like Freedom Park or Groenkloof Nature Reserve, are not free to enter but restricted by access fees, which means that many are denied the benefit of this space that was created with taxpayers’ money. So who has www.prolandscaper.co.za

the right to quality open space and amenities? Only those that can afford it… In South Africa basic services like housing or running water receive priority. However, the lack of accessible, quality green space contributes to high stress levels, a lack of physical exercise and thus ailments like obesity, diabetes, aggression and intolerance. Although some needs may seem more urgent, in the greater scheme of things, all human needs are important and need attention, as do environmental needs. The environmental benefits from green space include regulation of climate, storm water and extreme events. In the long run a lack of green areas can result in serous disasters and degradation of people and their environment. So what do we need? We need quality outdoor and recreational areas throughout the city, and more “wild” green space that can fulfil spiritual and therapeutic functions. Too long has the perception reigned that green space must be maintenance free. Just as highways and streetlights need to be maintained, so do green spaces. Why should living things be free of maintenance but dead matter get priority for expenditure? It is time to question what we see and have in our cities. Most often a proper sidewalk to walk along is hard to find, and we become used to seeking private access and controlled areas to relax outdoors. The city is also what we make of it; community initiative to create food gardens or play areas and maintain them is increasing internationally. As much as we know that this is a function that the state should assist with, we also need to take action and make a difference.

About Ida Breed Ida Breed is a Professional Landscape Architect; she holds a Master’s degree in Urban Studies and a PhD. She is a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and is currently the President of the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa. She is a passionate explorer of place and has travelled broadly with a specific focus on the developing world.

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PROFILE

Pro Landscaper Africa chats to Herve Truniger, National Accounts Manager for Easigrass SA about their product spectrum, sustainability and what makes their brand unique to our landscaping industry.

When was EasigrassTM brought to SA and why? Southern Africa is facing serious water shortages to meet the demand of the population. Owing to the generally below average rainfall experienced in the country and the subsequent drought occurrence, coupled with unsustainable water use, the water supply situation has drastically deteriorated. In order to conserve water, this has caused a huge demand in water saving alternatives with EasigrassTM being high on the list of demands. EasigrassTM stops water waste, is environmentally friendly and beautiful all year round. What is the spectrum of product EasigrassTM has on offer to the landscaping trade industry?

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We offer a diverse range of products for various applications, ranging from landscape and playgrounds, to sporting. Our landscape range comprises of 4 products which are; Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Mayfair and Kensington respectively, which ranges from 20mm-50mm. We also offer a sports range. Our landscape grass is our premium range and is internationally accredited winning an RHS Chelsea Flower Show award. What are your unique selling points for landscape architects and designers?

We are then further backed by EasigrassTM international, who are the world leaders in artificial grass. Being an international brand, EasigrassTM has access to all the latest technologies in artificial grass, we have various shapes of yarn for various applications with the latest being our ‘W’ yarn Chelsea which has a unique memory feature. Because our grasses ranges offer a C yarn technology, this assists with keeping the grass in an upright position for a longer period of time. Thus out lasting most conventional grasses. The c yarn tends to be 40% cooler than other synthetic turf products.

EasigrassTM is backed by the first carpet manufacturer in South Africa, Van Dyck floors. Our turf consists of 4-6 various colour yarns to Van Dyck has developed an outstanding reputation make it look like real South African grass. All of our for supplying South Africa top quality products. grass has a double backing for superior strength.

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We offer increased thatch to create a more realistic look.

in the industry and are able to supply the glue, tape, weed guard and weed barrier.

What warranty and guarantee is expected with the EasigrassTM brand?

How is sustainability built into your practises as a supplier and service provider to the industry?

We offer an 8 year product warranty on all of our landscaping products How many staff do you employ and where in SA are you based? EasigrassTM HQ is based at the largest garden centre in South Africa, Cape Garden, Cape Town. At the Cape Town branch we currently employ 48 staff members. Nationally we have 11 branches across South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana. Nationwide we currently employ 318 staff members. We are also growing our EasigrassTM network to 22 partners across Africa and Southern Africa. When it comes to the process can you supply and install the product or would you typically only supply the grass? One of the key advantages with choosing EasigrassTM is that being one of the only supplying and fit companies in the industry, we stick to very strict installation specifications and process, so we are able to warranty both the turf and installation. We also have a division which supplies our full range of turf to registered landscapers

We are committed to minimising negative impact upon the environment, products are made from recycled matter and the Easi-bug vehicles are all eco respectful. For dry areas where water is at a premium, EasigrassTM helps communities preserve precious water sources. EasigrassTM is perforated so any excess water simply seeps through into the soil underneath. We are also part of the Green Building Council and adhere to strict environmental policies. What development programs does Easigrass offer to its staff and installers to ensure they are well equipped to offer the best service to our industry? When signing up, all EasigrassTM partners have to go through intensive training on all of the products, installations and specifications. As we are the leaders in the industry, we are constantly improving the EasigrassTM products and are finding innovative ways of installing; all of this is then passed down through the EasigrassTM network and family. Each franchise then has monthly training with their staff on all processes.

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WITH JULIAN RAXWORTHY With a PhD from the University of Queensland, a library of published works, his most recent being adapted into a book for release by MIT press this year‌ not to mention the fact that Julian is also the senior lecturer for the master of landscape architecture degree at the University of Cape Town, it is no wonder Pro Landscaper was thrilled to sit down with a very influential figure in landscaping to find answers for some pertinent industry questions.

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Frances Macdonald Garden, Brisbane with Donovan Hill Architects (2009)

Have you always known you wanted to be involved in the landscape architectural industry? I wanted to be a barrister as a kid, and came to the landscape industry by accident. I dropped out of school at 15 in the 1980’s and was doing nothing and a friend of my mothers offered to pay me to sweep her yard. While I was doing that, she heard on the radio that the local technical college was offering gardening courses and offered to enroll me. I thought, “Well, I have nothing else on, no harm”. One thing lead to another and 30 years later I have a PhD in gardening! What made you make the move abroad and how would you interpret the difference between the perceptions of Landscape Architecture in SA as opposed to Australia? I had zero interest in South Africa, then I met my (now) wife and came over to meet her family and was impressed with Cape Town. I was bored by Australia and the US, so South Africa seemed like an interesting sideways move. After marrying my wife, coming here is the best decision I ever made: I love the place. The perception of landscape architecture between Australia and South Africa comes down to inequality. Regardless of where you are in the world, when you say you are a landscape architect, people ask “Can you do my garden?” (My answer is always “Yes, so long as you build

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Frances Macdonald Garden, Brisbane with Donovan Hill Architects (2009)

it how I design it”). But in South Africa where there is real poverty, some people have no exposure at all to what landscaping even is. One of the guys working on a garden I built in Higgovale asked me while we were laying it, “Is this paving?” He had never seen it before. So what landscape “is” is different to different people, here, and everywhere. That’s why at UCT we are undertaking the “Gardens of Europe” project where we are documenting gardens in the informal settlement of Europe, near the airport in Cape Town, and asking

residents about gardening. All gardeners are ultimately the same: they want their plants to grow and they have tips to share. You are of course an academic- attaining your PhD from the University of Queensland in 2013, and along with many published works, this paper is now being adapted into a book for release by MIT press this year… not to mention the fact that you are also the senior lecturer for the master of landscape

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Krige Garden, Higgovale (2016). Design and construct project. Watershed Wellness plantscape with Wolff Architects (2016). Milk crates and artifical plants separating booths

architecture degree at UCT currently… How have you managed to juggle the practical aspect of this career path with the academic as they are of course very different in certain respects? In my work history I have, until the last 5 years, had 2 years on, 2 years off with academia. And I have always had projects on the go, both big consultancies through the university but mostly garden design for well known architects. I think it is vital to practice if you are going to teach. And in my teaching I refuse to separate creativity and practicality, so I expect my students to be very ambitious in terms of design but pursue design development and materiality with the same rigor. What is your most noteworthy project to date and why? My most noteworthy project is probably helping develop the landscape architectural practice Aspect Studio’s in Australia and co-founding the Sydney office with Sacha Coles. The work they have done since is their own, but I am proud to have planted the seed that has produced such great landscape architecture. Another project I am really enjoying right now is a garden that I designed and constructed recently in Higgovale, where we excavated a lot of granite from the site and reused it in the garden, also reusing plants in the garden that might otherwise been regarded as weeds. Since my book is about the relationship between gardening and landscape architecture, it’s nice to get my hands dirty again.

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What would you highlight as something our industry could be doing better/ needs to give attention to moving forward as an industry? People. When I had no skills, no matric, someone took a risk with me and gave me, an unskilled laborer, a leg up. Later, when I was working first for a landscaper, and then at a council, I was given time off to do my apprenticeship and my fees were paid. It was expected that you invested in your staff and then when I wanted to go to university, I was accepted by a great university RMIT in Melbourne to do my Bachelors of Landscape Architecture on the basis of an interview, despite not having matric. In Australia we didn’t have a black work force to do all the hard work: I was it, I was the “garden boy” (to use a word I find very offensive). Unfortunately the previous tech’s here are trying to be universities and the paths from laboring into skilled trades seem poorly articulated.

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What would you describe as key elements you enforce within your students before they are qualified and ready to enter the job market to look for work from developers? Often people think that “design” is just styling or craziness, but for me it is about seeing the potential in something, not closing down options because they seem unconventional, and being adaptable. So for me “design thinking” is the ability to think on your feet and know how to ask the right questions. Other than that, the main thing I am working with our students on in terms of work readiness is BIM/Revit. If we don’t engage with this the industry is going to find itself really behind.

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It is hard for me to comment on this, since I am one of these pesky foreign landscape architects. It is true that you cant fake local experience, but, as I made the point above, I think that there is an element of gate keeping and not sharing that might be hampering the development of skilled locals. There is a profusion of people that want to work if only the industry didn’t treat them as cheap labor, unworthy of investment Who has influenced you? Graham Fletcher, a landscape architect who taught at tech who suggested I go to Uni and study landscape architecture; my first design teacher Peter Connolly, who taught me that you can learn most of what you need to about landscape architecture by looking around you in a new way; Danish landscape architect Sven-Ingvar Andersson and French landscape architect Gilles Clément, who both understood the relationship between landscape design and garden maintenance; Dieter Kienast, whose sense of minimalism in the landscape was beautifully restrained and German landscape architect Gustav Lange whose messy Mauerpark in Berlin remains a favourite.

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EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES Set on site of the picturesque Vergelegen Estate, OvP revamps the historic rose garden so that it can reach its blooming potential.

The brief The rose garden at Vergelegen was designed and installed in the 1980s and was well admired but no longer blooming to its full potential. The brief for OvP was to replace the full garden and to create a new world class rose garden that would enchant both novices and rosarians alike and hold its own within Vergelegen’s portfolio of extensive cultivated gardens. It was important for the garden to be as captivating when viewed on arrival as the look and feel of each bloom up close. It was also important that the garden read as a cohesive element and not as a smarty box of heights and colour. How this was achieved The rose garden is located at the edge of the camphor forest on the site of the old tennis courts. The camphors form a magnificent amphitheatre to the south and west of the site, and to the north the rose terrace and screen planting provide a framed view of the homestead and historical camphor trees. The previous rose garden was a fraction of its current size and stood as an object within space. In response OvP designed the rose garden to inhabit the full space available and to respond to its unique and strikingly beautiful context. The octagon has a long history as a spatial informant at Vergelegen, so OvP chose this formal geometry as the starting point for the layout. The centre of the octagon was set to align with the 28 Pro Landscaper Africa / April 2017

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Vergelegen Rose Garden Size Of Project: 2800m² Cost: R1,2m Timeline: August 2015 - November 2015 Garden Installation: Richard Arm Photographs: Vergelegen Estate

ROSES USED IN THE GARDEN Miniature roses Amoretta Ocarina Peach Festival Black Jade Old Glory Red Rosamini Rise ‘n Shine Dazzling Beauties Colourscape roses Granny Dearest Kinders van die Wind Deloitte and Touche Granny’s Delight Dearest Ice Sunsation South Africa St David Vincent Godsiff Colourscape roses Granny dearest Kinders van die wind Deloitte and Touche Granny Dearest Ice Sunsation South Africa St David Vincent Godsiff

“It was important for the garden to be as captivating when viewed on arrival as the look and feel of each bloom up close.”

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existing picnic building and a double path was set out either side of this axis. The central octagon is offset with concentric pathways which all intersect with diagonal paths. Together these pathways form meandering routes through the rose garden so that visitors may experience a wide array of the many different rose varieties on show and come to appreciate their individual colour and fragrance. The impression one receives when walking into the rose garden space was an important driver in the design. The two main arrival points are via pedestrian routes from the homestead to the North and the Library and Wine Tasting Centre to the North East. On the approach the rose garden is screened from view and the visitor turns a corner to be confronted with the rose garden in its entirety. It was therefore important to create a garden that is both striking and cohesive. The selection of rose varieties and their placement were carefully considered to provide a gradient of colour that transitions from reds, oranges, yellows to whites to light and deep pinks and purples and a gradient of height from the smallest miniatures in the centre to the tall spires and scramblers on the

outskirts where the garden meets the Camphor Forest. A cottage style herbaceous border with heritage roses frames the picnic building at the end of the axis. The central feature is a sculpture, entitled Aphrodite, by artist Stansilaw Trezbinski. Water drips from the sculpture into an octagonal pool of water that she stands in. The water feature was designed in collaboration with and built by Water in Motion. The pergolas were designed to provide structured backdrop to the rose garden and support for the outer layer of tall, scrambling and climbing roses. The pergola covers the outer rose garden pathway and provides moments to pause and appreciate views across the garden. The design detailing was a variation-on-a-theme of the pergola that was designed for the East Garden. The ‘Vergelegen yellow’ masonry pillars and rhythm of heavy overhead timber beams speak to the exposed ceiling beams within the homestead and to the language of architecture across the estate.

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About OvP Since its establishment in 1983, OvP Associates has grown to become a leading landscape architectural practice committed to improving the natural, cultural and environmental qualities of our environments. OvP offers integrated professional skills encompassing, landscape architecture, architecture and environmental planning. OvP have had the privilege to work on a wide range of prestigious projects, including Vergelegen’s East & Rose Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Green Point Park and the Cape Point and Table Mountain Visitors Amenities.

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Maxwell Office Park, Gauteng Size: +- 22 000m² Total Landscaped Area Duration: April 2014 – December 2016 Cost: +- R 13 million

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MODERN MEETS INDIGENOUS Set on one of Midrand’s most sought after development sites, this build ticks all of the boxes when it comes to a modern office environment. Countryline Africa, contracted to build the design and vision of landscape architect Daniel Rebel, succeeded in implementing a clean, indigenous landscape which supersedes the brief. Maxwell Office Park is an upmarket office development in the heart of Waterfall City in Midrand. Developed by Atterbury for Attacq, the park was completed in 4 phases and is made up of 7 office buildings, with a central conference centre and coffee shop. Each phase was executed as a separate contract and in many cases the main contractor differed from phase to phase which was challenging from a continuity point of view. The Brief The client wanted a modern upmarket office development to act as the centre piece for the business node at the Waterfall City Development. The landscaping had to be bold, sleek and in many cases functional in order to tie the various phases of the park together and create an inviting and flowing link between all of the buildings and facilities. Although Danie Rebel from DRLA had the overall landscape design and integration master plan firmly in place from the start, the phasing of the project meant that each section was treated as a separate design, with its own irrigation and hard landscaping elements. This meant that the tying-in of Phases to one another was tricky to ensure the seamless flow between each building and the outdoor spaces created by the modern, bold design. Special attention must be drawn to the quality of the materials used throughout and the numerous bespoke landscape elements and furniture created within the development. One of the biggest challenges experienced was the tight programmes www.prolandscaper.co.za

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“Overall the design and landscaping contrasts against the modern architecture of the buildings and the peripheral planting and trees assist in bringing some scale to the buildings, allowing them to blend into the landscape rather than just sit in it.�

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Maxwell Office Park is an upmarket office development in the heart of Waterfall City in Midrand. Developed by Atterbury for Attacq, the park was completed in 4 phases and is made up of 7 office buildings, with a central conference centre and coffee shop. Each phase was executed as a separate contract and in many cases the main contractor differed from phase to phase which was challenging from a continuity point of view. The Brief The client wanted a modern upmarket office development to act as the centre piece for the business node at the Waterfall City Development. The landscaping had to be bold, sleek and in many cases functional in order to tie the various phases of the park together and create an inviting and flowing link between all of the buildings and facilities. Although Danie Rebel from DRLA had the overall landscape design and integration master plan firmly in place from the start, the phasing of the project meant that each section was treated as a separate design, with its own irrigation and hard landscaping elements. This meant that the tying-in of Phases to one another was tricky to ensure the seamless flow between each building and the outdoor spaces created by the modern, bold design.

Attacq whose offices are located in Building 2. Each phase needed to be delivered on spec and on time, ensuring that co-ordination and teamwork was required by all parties. The Landscaping The landscaping comprises of all indigenous planting and lawn with the exception of the All Seasons Evergreen lawn installed on the podiums at each building. The design has created private outdoor entertainment areas for each building and a seamless network of pedestrian pathways, intensive planting, flowing lawns and a passive outdoor spaces in the green belts between each phase of the development. Storm-water attenuation is also handled within the landscaped areas although they blend effortlessly into the landscape and are hardly noticeable. Overall the design and landscaping contrasts against the modern architecture of the buildings and the peripheral planting and trees assist in bringing some scale to the buildings, allowing them to blend into the landscape rather than just sit in it.

Sourcing the Materials As with most projects of this nature, sourcing of the various materials required can be tricky and quality was Countrylines number 1 priority. Long standing relationships with regular suppliers ensured that their in-house procurement team were not only able to source the required materials for the scope of work, but also had a chance to source and supply materials for the main Special attention must be drawn to the quality of contractors who asked for assistance with some the materials used throughout and the numerous bespoke landscape elements and furniture created special items. They were also able to draw from their own nursery stock (where Countryline within the development. One of the biggest challenges experienced was the tight programmes grows popular plant and tree species or specific plants for projects. and deadlines to deliver the buildings as tenants had already signed leases- one of which was

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About Countryline Africa cc. Founded in 1999, Countryline Africa, sister company to Countryline Landscapes, continued to grow throughout the years. In the latter half of 2013 the trading elements of Countryline Landscapes were incorporated into Countryline Africa allowing for a clearer focus on the business and the future of the company. Over the past four years Countryline Africa cc has grown tremendously. Managed by two founding members, Richard Wijnberg and Kellington Mahlaule, Countryline Africa has successfully established itself within the industry and has been involved in numerous large scale developments, boasting a number of awards for their work over the past 18 years. Countryline Africa prides itself on the relationships it has built with clients and fellow contractors and their attitude for achieving excellence at all costs is reflected in all that they do.

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his project was for my own garden in Battersea – as the company director at Harrington Porter, this meant there was no client to pull design features or change the design in the middle of the process. We were much freer to incorporate everything that was desired without the added element of client relations. The brief My aim was to create a usable and stylish extension to my flat. Its French windows will be changed to bifold doors in due course which look directly on to the garden, which is a small south facing plot, 6m long by 5m wide.

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I wanted space to sit in both sun and shade, a cooking area and a place to hang out with family and friends. I wanted the garden to look great from the house, so consideration of the views from the windows was key. I desired minimal maintenance, but for the garden not to be stark or barren. Design and build The work was carried out by our guys, fitting it in between jobs, weekends and through the odd slow month. The build could have taken four weeks, but took over four months. The garden was gutted, the left fence replaced with a rendered fence and slatted painted trellis which I continued around the garden for added privacy. The rendered blockwork was next and formed the shape of the raised bed, built-in seating and kitchen area. Blockwork was also used to create steps down from the living area. A Millboard deck was formed as a continuation from the internal oak flooring with joint lines running in tandem, and a larger step was built to the left for sun loungers on the grandly named 'sun deck'. The centrepiece was a built-in LPG gas burner with removable Millboard lid to double as a coffee table. A Green Egg smoker was built in to a Millboard kitchen area and the back splash was clad using matching limestone tiles which I took all the way up the wall for some vertical interest. Hardwood logs were placed in the kitchen bench as a finishing touch. Lighting was a collection of 35W spike lights, fairy lights in the olive tree, festoon lights, recessed spots and a directional wall light for cooking. A shade sail was erected for shade and privacy from neighbouring houses. The planting involved a large feature olive, and underplanting of annuals, white tulips and purple alium bulbs. Climbers were evergreen jasmine and rose 'Madame Alfred Carrière'.

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luxury international property developer selected this late 19th century property in Knightsbridge to renovate into premium apartments, with an adjoining roof terrace to the rear. In the short term, the roof terrace served to attract buyers by reflecting the high level of quality associated with this particular developer, as well as innovative design solutions to combat a very difficult small site, whilst having to provide a series of elegant and contemporary garden spaces. The brief In response to the client brief, Aralia's design divided the space into three key areas which helped reduce the existing ‘corridor’ effect. These areas consisted of a dining area which linked with the kitchen, a lounge area with fire pit to provide a luxurious seating and entertaining space, and a small intimate snug area which linked to the master bedroom. Elements including outdoor dining and luxury lounge area, extravagant fire pit, cascading water feature, structural archways and raised planters were designed to not obstruct views or light going into the building, whilst creating the required level of privacy. Planting was designed to contrast with more contemporary and clean geometries used in the hard features, taking a more traditional form which reflected the classical feel of the interior. Development Aralia was also commissioned to design a full range of landscape plans, including the garden lighting and garden irrigation plans. The garden design company worked as landscape architects in a multi-disciplinary consultancy team which included a range of subcontractors. Aralia also provided a soft landscaping supply and install service. Liaising with suppliers and conducting in-depth research into products enabled Aralia to select the correct materials that worked together in the best way for the purpose intended. A variety of trusted suppliers for both hard and soft landscape elements were used.

Size of project 100m2 Build time March to August 2014 Project value R1.7 million

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Challenges Like many small London terrace gardens, this garden came with many constraints, particularly relating to privacy. The terrace was sandwiched between two terrace rows and

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1 (Previous page) Bespoke walk-over water feature 2 Limestone paving with pebble mat edging; framed by a curved metal bespoke archway 3 Polished granite outdoor fire table

therefore was significantly overlooked by the adjacent neighbouring property, together with apartments on upper floors. The design of this space had to carefully consider how privacy could be achieved without limiting the existing light levels which, due to its aspect, were far from ideal. Another constraint was the fact that the terrace was on a podium above the basement level and therefore weight limitations and build-up requirements were very restricted, and had to be carefully coordinated with the project engineer. Unique features Water feature The water feature was a huge challenge as the client wanted a 'wow' feature in a tiny space. Aralia created a walk-over design that allowed the feature to be of a significant size without interrupting the flow of the space. Metal arches The roof terrace was dominated by five storey buildings on both sides. Aralia incorporated metal arches to provide a ceiling that made it feel more private and less overlooked than it actually was. Cantilever oak bench In the tiny area, space is of a premium and this is why Aralia chose to design a bespoke L-shaped oak bench to provide maximum seating.

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Aralia is an award-winning, innovative landscape design practice which works to the very highest professional standards, continually pushing the boundaries and exploring new concepts for landscape architecture and design. Aralia has a strong track record in delivering residential and commercial gardens which are unique to each of our clients and have a distinct character that relates to both the architecture of the house and the surrounding landscape. T: 01279 721 461 E: info@aralia.org.uk W: www.aralia.org.uk

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Husqvarna’s Battery Blowers Husqvarna’s battery-operated blowers offer landscapers, gardeners and contractors the power of petrol performance but with all the benefits of battery technology and the convenience of cordless. Quiet, clean, convenient operation, long-lasting lithium-ion batteries – and professional results. The 536LiB and 536LiBX are handheld models that are powerful, light weight and easy-touse, making them ideal for cleaning parks, estates, stadiums, pavements and other demanding locations. The 536LiBX has been specially designed for use with a back-pack battery giving

users up to 8 hours of runtime, which means that a single battery should last a full shift when being used normally. It is also equipped with two handy features, namely cruise control, allowing the operator to easily set the air flow for a particular job, and boost mode. Because these blowers are quiet and do not require fuel, they are suitable for tough, commercial use both indoors and in noise-regulated, outside areas such as hotels, hospitals and schools. For more visit www.husqvarna.co.za

Talon Tool’s Petrol String Trimmer Talon Tools stocks and produces the toughest tools for the toughest jobs. They know that in your line of work you expect the best, which is why their range of chainsaws, hedge trimmers, brush-cutters, fertilizer spreaders and string trimmers is carefully selected for quality and

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performance. Their online store will ensure that finding the right tool is just a click away. Pictured here the Talon - TL25P - 2 STROKE 25CM³ petrol string trimmer. This model sports a hard chrome cylinder, Primer carburettor and a twin line bump and feed. www.talontools.co.za

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TOP DECKS Decking Product Picks

COLORTONE’S DECK VARNISH Colortone Deck Varnish is a lead free water based exterior wooden deck coating for soft wood. Protecting your wooden decks from the suns harsh ultra violet rays and from all the walking traffic. Being waterbased, Colortone deck varnish is easy to apply and cleaning of brushes with water is made so much easier. Colortone Deck Varnish is available in teak, mahogany and dark oak. Ideal for maintaining the perfect outdoor look. On application: first ensure the wooden deck surface is dry, free of dirt, oil, and all existing coatings - achieved with a conventional sander. Once applied by brush this product typically takes 2 hours to dry under normal conditions of 25°c. Coverage for every one litre of Colortone Deck Varnish coats between 8 and 10 meters squared of decking, ensuring a full seal. For optimal results it is recommended that you give your wooden deck a light sanding in-between coats. www.colortone.co.za

THERMORY, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT MAPLE STREET TIMBERS Thermal modification is a computer-controlled process which is carried out in a special kiln at high temperatures. Only steam and heat are used with no chemicals added. The modified wood results in outstanding dimensional stability and durability, extending the lifetime of the wood considerably. The material has a very long lifetime, higher dimensional stability and lower equilibrium moisture content compared to unmodified wood. All the advantages of thermally modified wood make it an environmentally friendly alternative to tropical hardwoods. Thermal modification significantly improves woods resistance to mould and rot. Thermory ash and pine decking is available in 20 mm and 26mm thicknesses. There are a range of widths and profiles with the possibility to apply visible and invisible screwing and fixation systems. Oiling is optional. If left untreated, thermally modified wood will naturally turn to a silver-grey. www.mstimbers.co.za

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GARAPA BY RARE WOODS Garapa timber is just one of the 150 species on offer at Rare Woods. It is perfect for outdoor applications and is primarily used for decking. This hardwearing and incredibly durable timber, being light yellow when planed, is light brown in colour with an even grain pattern and ages to a lovely grey with time. Rated by rare woods on a par with Balau. Rare Woods stock holds in Cape Town and Knysna where they present to traders a vast range of decking timber and species suitable for outdoor applications such as cladding and pergolas. They carry a variety of different decking timbers, typically pre-manufactured and ready to install. Their favourites include the Purpleheart and the Ipe, along with Balau and of course the featured Garapa. Rare woods also has access to a number of other more exotic options on request. This company love, live and breathe timber and they look forward to sharing the passion with our industry. www.rarewoods.co.za

BUZON PEDESTAL INTERNATIONAL

TREX® TRANSCEND® - SPICED RUM Trex® Transcend® decking collection now includes a new light grey colour called Island Mist. This calm, silvery shade features realistic streaking that mimics the natural look and feel of aged tropical hardwood, and is designed to be a cooler complement to the three existing tropicalinspired shades. Like all Trex Transcend decking options, Island Mist features a combination of superior durability, low-maintenance and ecofriendly qualities. Transcend maintains its vibrant colour and luxurious finish–come scorching sun or red-wine spill–thanks to its unyielding, three-side shell protection…and our 25-Year Limited Residential Fade & Stain Warranty. www.zimbosdecking.co.za

Since 1987, Buzon Pedestal International has been the world’s leading manufacturer of screwjack polypropylene pedestals. Used in a variety of applications, their infinite height options and slope correction ability, enables any project designer to create a flat floor surface on top of a waterproofed area without damage. Perfectly suited for timber decking & tiles, even concrete pavers, granite and other stone tiles, ceramic tiles, steel mesh and even glass. Since 2005, BUZON® Pedestals have been used throughout southern Africa on numerous prestigious projects through its regional office based in Johannesburg. The reputation of Buzon® pedestals is the result of extensive project experience and a willingness to satisfy the needs of Architects, Specifiers, Quantity surveyors and construction professionals. Their team of designers and engineers are ready to provide immediate support for any projects wherever they may be. www.buzonsa.co.za

INFINITY™ ARCHED PROFILE BY DECKWORX Infinity™’s arched profile offers a versatile solution that brings you a lighter-weight, cost effective solution with all the benefits infinity™ has to offer. Dura-tech™ capping on the top surface gives the arched infinity™ boards their moisture-resistant properties, ensuring they will not warp, crack or rot. Stain and fade resitance are also some of infinity™’s most attractive features, making it one of the most hard-wearing and soughtafter composites around. Available in 4 wood-inspired colours, the arched infinity™ profile is perfect for residential applications, especially around the poolside, as it’s anti-slip properties make it safe for the entire family. Available at www.deckworx.co.za

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Principal of Lifestyle College of Landscape Design Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Penelope Hobhouse – The Story of Gardening Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)? Kew Gardens in London Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? My Felco secateurs Top plant? Current favourite would be Encephalartos horridus. How is sustainability embedded within your business? As an educator we have the chance to teach young minds from the beginning of their careers the importance of sustainability in any landscape design. Biggest life influence? Joining Lifestyle College and being able to educate gardeners. Describe yourself in three words. fanatical about education Three people you’d like to invite to dinner?

E L M IE WE ID E M A N Landscape Architect @ Aurecon

Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Pitta Joffe’s “Skeppende Tuinmaak ,Inheemse Plante - n Suid Afrikaanse Gids” Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)? The Toronto Waterfront Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? My iPhone and notebook Top plant? Pappea capensis and Bulbine frutescens How is sustainability embedded within your business? Aurecon became the first global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm to join the stakeholder programme of the Global Reporting Initiative. The company’s philosophy centres on building an innovative and diverse culture around sustainable economic, social and environmental impacts. Biggest life influence? My husband

Martha Swartz, Luis Barragan and Capability Brown.

Describe yourself in three words Realist, forward thinker and perfectionist.

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? I don’t support any sporting team. Rather a lifelong fan of plants.

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? I would love to fast forward 10 years from now and have dinner with my family, my kids will be 11 and 12 by then.

Favoured drink? Cola tonic and lemonade

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? Tennis – no one in particular Favoured drink? Definitely coffee and red wine!

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RO S E V E R M E ULE N

Director of Indigo Landscapes.

Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Complete Gardening in Southern Africa by W G Sheat & G Schofield Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)? Versailles (famous formal), Roji-En (Japanese) or our own Margaret Roberts herb garden. Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? My electric drill. Top plant?

Plectranthus family. How is sustainability embedded within your business? We strive for endurance and long levity of a garden but are acutely aware of the environment and the impact we make for the future. Biggest life influence?

My daughter. She studied Landscaping and I followed many years later. Describe yourself in three words Practical, dependable, determined.

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? Gill Condy, David Webb, Sam Heughan Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? Gary Player

Favoured drink?

Chocolate milkshake if a good glass of wine is not

A D R IA N WH IT E Irrigation Consultant Arid Earth Solutions Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Creative Gardening with Indigenous Plants- A South African Guide- Pitta Joffe. Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)? The Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project -design team led by landscape architects Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership. Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? AutoCAD! Top plant? Celtis Africana (white stinkwood) How is sustainability embedded within your business? We embrace irrigation best practice, new instrumentation and water saving technologies. We place great importance on measuring, forecasting and using less water. Biggest life influence? My Parents. Describe yourself in three words Inquisitive, logical and optimistic. Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? Sir Richard Attenborough, Roger Federer, Bono. Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? STORMERS all the way. Favoured drink? Ice cold Windhoek.

appropriate at that time of the day. 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@paperplanepublications.co.za

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