Yearly Archives: 2019

Visit the new Urban Savannah in Joburg CBD

As part of FNB’s R100m Joburg City Centre head office revamp, the Life Indoors team met with the banking giant to discuss the facelift to the outdoor Urban Savannah area. At first, the brief was to remove the existing plants including hedges and Clivias from the built-in troughs in order to waterproof, paint and then…
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Keeping an eye on the Amazon rainforest fires

The world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon covers 5.5 million km² of land and is one of the world’s most important ecosystems. Often referred to as the “lungs of the earth” the rainforest is made up of billions of trees which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as well as produce oxygen. Should we be concerned…
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Soundscaping, the acoustics of landscaping

The crunching of gravel, the rustling of palms in the wind, the early morning chirping of birds and sound of falling water all contribute to the soundscape of a garden. Noise pollution can be a massive issue in buzzing metropolises. Landscape architects often rely on vegetation to absorb the effects of noise pollution by planting…
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Tree of the year for 2019 is Sclerocarya birrea; Maroela

Tree of the year for 2019 is Sclerocarya birrea; Maroela tree, an iconic African symbol. Found in numbers in the warmer parts of southern Africa and further north . Historically this tree was brought south by the bantu tribes as they migrated down the eastern parts of Africa. It has spiritual as well as nutritional…
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