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Bio-Diverse Landscapes and Gardens by Ecoman Durban

On returning to South Africa from a lengthy stay in Germany and a shorter one in New Zealand where I vastly expanded my knowledge base I bought a very rundown property at Mount Moreland about 25 km north of Durban. Again this garden is fast becoming 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 again I am putting into practice my belief that nature conservation starts at your own front door: In a very short space of time I have again proved that one can do a lot ones self  to benefit nature. I am fast producing a pleasing well managed garden that may lead others to also convert their own sterile, dysfunctional, unattractive gardens into places of beauty and tranquility.

Here you will see a selection of photographs of plants, birds, animals and insects that have been taken in my own newly developing garden in Mount Moreland next to the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa.  I design Bio-Diverse Landscapes and gardens that are nature friendly as well as being pleasing to the eye.

I use my many years of landscape planning and design as well as landscape construction theory and experience coupled to my vast knowledge of the requirements of nature to create habitat suitable for birds, butterflies and other creatures to live and breed in.

I always apply the basic principles of good landscape design to create an aesthetically pleasing garden that at the same time satisfies the living requirements of the target creatures that I would like to attract. My speciality is to attract birds, butterflies and solitary bees. I am without any shadow of a doubt the most experienced researcher and designer or Bio-Diverse Green Roof Gardens in South Africa having had my first practical experience with green roof design and construction in Germany in July 1990.

Getting started

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As you can see the garden was quite a mess

Aloe maculata
Erythrina humeana

gladiolus woodii 

kniphofia tysonii


My garden at Mount Moreland is being planted to mainly native plants that occur naturally within a radius of 50 km , again many of them rare or unusual. it is a haven to birds, insects in particular butterflies, reptiles, frogs. The monkeys that pay regular visits destroy of kill everything possible, this is a very serious environmental problem that very urgently needs to be addressed by the nature conservation authorities..

My garden in which I have planted almost every tree and plant 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. In just over 18 months I  introduced over 300 hundred plant species into my  garden.

It is now just over 5 years since I started establishing this garden and it is already a paradise, at haven for wildlife of all sorts.

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