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Listen, Jackie! Plants are growing in Deaf Ears Alley.

Listen, Jackie! Plants are growing in Deaf Ears Alley.

Deaf Ears Alley links the fynbos, pool-side section of my compact garden to the salad patch outside my kitchen door. The alley, always in the shade, was named by my wife, Jackie. This is what happened: I asked Jackie what I should plant in the shade that would grow...

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Plants that kill

Plants that kill

You come home after a long day and open your door to a scene reminiscent of a horror movie. It looks like the undead has risen in your home, soil is scattered everywhere, bits of plants all around the room, and a very guilty, yet proud pet sitting in the middle of the...

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Hue, did you know?

Hue, did you know?

Most of us that have been given the gift of sight experience something so unique to our existence, it’s hard to fathom a world without it. It is also something most of us don’t actively notice and just go about our day as normal, but without this perception...

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Musings of a landscape designer: does design matter?

Musings of a landscape designer: does design matter?

All good design matters. It is so deeply ingrained in our psyche that it can become difficult to pin it down, but let’s have a go at being more objective about it. Humans are designed to change their environment. It is written in our DNA. People do not have large,...

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Delving into the designer’s bag of magic tricks

Delving into the designer’s bag of magic tricks

Imagine having to fit the entire contents and experience of a large packet of Smarties into one of those teeny tiny packets. The full volume of sweets; the full adventure that is packed into the deluxe box; the delicious anticipation that starts with the explosion of...

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INDOOR SALVATION  Outside & In Magazine - September 2020

INDOOR SALVATION
Outside & In Magazine - September 2020

This article was first published in Outside & In magazine, September 2020.Click here to read it in the e-magazine.As is imitation to flattery, so is a landscape designer to nature. Being an avid user of the Mediterranean palette, whether it be plants, colours or...

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG – AND OUR STUDIO DOOR IS OPEN!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG – AND OUR STUDIO DOOR IS OPEN!

OUR CLIENTS PROVIDE THE CANVAS; WE CREATE THE MASTERPIECE. Contours Design Studio is an outdoor lifestyle design and installation company, providing a service to clients in the Western Cape and beyond. We offer innovative design and extensive plant knowledge to...

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Learning to listen  Pro Landscaper

Learning to listen
Pro Landscaper

This article was first published in Pro Landscaper magazine, January 2020.The approach that is driving an exciting new trend in landscape designThe longer that I am immersed in the art of landscape design, the more I am convinced that we must stop talking. We need to...

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Stay Melville  Prolandscaper

Stay Melville
Prolandscaper

The joy is in creating a living environment Innovative thinking and project team collaboration leads to a unique landscape success for a Cape Town development.Every once in a while there is a perfect match between a client and their contracting team, and when that...

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Inner-city Living  Pro Landscaper Magazine

Inner-city Living
Pro Landscaper Magazine

People are trickling back to inner-city living to previously derelict buildings that now house retail, commercial and residential functions all in one. Each square meter of a city can no longer have a singular function - in the age of adaptation, versatility is key to...

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