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CONTEMPORARILY ENGAGED  Outside & In Magazine - March 2020

CONTEMPORARILY ENGAGED
Outside & In Magazine - March 2020

This article was first published in Outside & In magazine, March 2021.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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THE VALUE OF PLANTS – WHY DO THEY COST SO MUCH?

THE VALUE OF PLANTS – WHY DO THEY COST SO MUCH?

It’s a wonderful sunny weekend morning, you’ve been up early and that itch to work in the garden and spruce up your beds needs to be scratched. You patiently wait for your partner to wake up or best friend to get to you because today you are going to your local plant...

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FAUX FLORA ARTIFICIAL PLANTING

FAUX FLORA ARTIFICIAL PLANTING

Amidst recent trends that look to nature for nurture, there’s another arrival with so much sass it demands to be noticed - even if it goes against the grain of nature. Faux Flora Artificial Planting offers high-end artificial planting solutions to designers or...

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THE LEGALITY OF TREES

THE LEGALITY OF TREES

THE LEGALITY OF TREES by Mark Mac HattieYou’ve been staring at it for months, your partner has asked you to get it sorted and you have been putting it off because you don’t know what the right thing is to do anymore. You are perplexed, confused and to be honest, a...

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DOES LANDSCAPING INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE?

DOES LANDSCAPING INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE?

DOES LANDSCAPING INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE? FEATURING LUKE CARLINO AND URBAN.COM.AU   Property owners. You may have asked the question, does landscaping really increase the value of your property? The answer is a profound yes. Landscaping is one of the best things a...

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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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10 PLANTS THAT CAN KILL YOUR PET

10 PLANTS THAT CAN KILL YOUR PET

10 PLANTS THAT CAN KILL YOUR PETS Article by Mark Mac Hattie 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,...

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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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In gardening, as in life, small is not simple

In gardening, as in life, small is not simple

From backyard to bonsai, patio to planter, hidden corner to driveway verge, small gardens are as much a state of mind as a definition of size. A small garden can be a selection of pots and planters in the corner of the stoep, or a small English garden next to a...

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Refereeing a Riotous Site

Refereeing a Riotous Site

When we first viewed this site, we could not actually see the earth upon which we were treading. The plants ‘in residence’ had been left to have the proverbial party. With plenty to drink (in spite of the recent drought), and undisturbed by the gardener’s sheers, they...

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Victory gardens in a time of pandemics

Victory gardens in a time of pandemics

Society has always proven its resilience in times of crisis, very much as is the case now that we are all faced with the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting every nation on earth. The fear of gathering in large groups, panic buying and the uncertainty of ‘normality’...

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One man’s trash, is that same man’s treasure

One man’s trash, is that same man’s treasure

Week 3 of lockdown… Your work and home wardrobes have fused to become a hybrid of business on the top and comfort on the bottom, breakfast can be eaten any time of the day and a box of easter eggs will be served as a meal at some point. But hopefully, through all this...

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New Year, New Yew

New Year, New Yew

The longest month of the year has come and gone but many of us still feel the pinch of the new-year-new-decade. It is a great time to start looking at ways to save money and, low and behold, you can save a Randela or two by changing up your patio or indoor plant game...

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Honey I shrunk the apartment

Honey I shrunk the apartment

  Don’t you just love those beautiful green babies you get to buy at nurseries and markets? The cute little Philodendrons, Calatheas and rubber trees. They are photo-ready and look amazing on your window sill and desk and you just love the fact that they fit,...

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CONTEMPORARILY ENGAGED  Outside & In Magazine - March 2020

CONTEMPORARILY ENGAGED
Outside & In Magazine - March 2020

This article was first published in Outside & In magazine, March 2021.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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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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