Environmental Landscape Design Specialist

  Creating Bio-Diverse Indigenous Landscapes and Gardens


  Nature conservation begins at your own front door
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Suburban Indigenous Forest Garden

I sold this property while I was living abroad just before I returned to South Africa

The photographs were taken of my indigenous garden after it had not had any major maintenance done to it while I had been living abroad for seven years. Never the less due to the good initial design apart from being a bit overgrown and in need of much pruning and the grass that had taken a bit of strain due to being too shaded the effect was still a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the city for both man and wildlife.

My garden below is a perfect working example of what can be achieved in a medium sized suburban garden as far as having both a functional garden which attracts wildlife as well as being a well planned aesthetically pleasing garden that fulfils the basic principles of good landscape design. Here I have put into practice my belief that nature conservation starts at your own front door, you can do something yourself to benefit nature. I have produced a pleasing well managed garden that may lead others to also convert their own sterile, dysfunctional, unattractive gardens into places of beauty and tranquility.
This indigenous landscaped garden is not a green desert
This suburban indigenous forest garden is certainly no green desert

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This indigenous forest garden was designed to screen out the surrounding buildings and to bring nature back into the city
  indigenous garden nrings tranquility to suburban living
From the front gate the house has been completely screened from view giving a large measure of privacy and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city

Albizia adiantifolia in indigenous forest garden 
A magnificent specimen of Albizia adiantifolia in this tree

Hadeda Ibises
have raised a family every year for many years

magnificent specimens of Stangeria eriopus
One of many magnificent specimens of Stangeria eriopus to be found in the
shadier sections of my garden

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A portion of genuine cobble stone paving which came from England as ballast in the old sailing ships calling in Durban to collect produce for England

My Bio-Diverse suburban indigenous forest garden was planted exclusively to a very large number of species of indigenous plants many of them rare or unusual was a haven to birds, insects in particular butterflies, reptiles, frogs, fruit bats, large spotted genets and monkeys paid regular visits.

My garden in which I had planted every tree and plant mostly from seed or small cuttings is an outstanding working example of what you can also do to create a pleasing, interesting, tranquil, well planned garden that can also bring an amazing amount of wildlife back into the city.

On returning to South Africa in 1907 I bought a house with a very run down property at Mount Moreland, the property had been used as a dumping site for builders rubble and used motor spares, old tyres etc. and was completely over grown with alien invasive tress and shrubs. Now a number of years later I have transformed this new property into a haven for wildlife

Below are some links to plants birds insects and other creatures that you can expect to attract to a small to medium sized suburban garden in Durban

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This page was created on 10.07.07
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