The ‘Bat Garden’


My name is Jennifer and I’m a Garden e-Designer. My aim is to design gardens that are not only fantasy / futuristic in style, but also provide a habitat for urban wildlife. I have found that it is possible to create interesting and harmonious designs by combining these elements. Even if one’s dream garden, or vision of the future, is a rectilinear design in steel and glass, it can still include urban wildlife habitats. I for one, imagine a future where new design solutions and nature form symbiotic gardens. Urban wildlife is adaptable, and may feel as much at home in a suitable man-made structure, as in the wild. Plants come in so many forms that there are species to compliment any concept, no matter how unusual. South Africa has a great many unusual plant species to choose from.

I designed the Bat Garden to show how the same spatial concept and wildlife-friendly elements can be brought to life in


Launch of Lawn Reform Coalition

We need something like this in South Africa, such a great initiative:

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2009 — United by their common goal of reducing the impact of lawns on the environment and human and animal health, nine of the leading horticultural communicators in the United States announced the formation of the Lawn Reform Coalition, a media campaign that will provide up-to-date information for home and business owners across the country.

“With lawns covering as much as 50 million acres of our nation, requiring copious amounts of water, fertilizer, pesticides and fossil fuels to maintain, they have become a drain on precious resources that we can no longer afford to waste,” said filmmaker and author Paul Tukey from Maine. “At their worst, lawns are toxic blankets that aren’t even safe for our children and pets.”

Using the website, social networking groups and downloadable materials, the members will focus their message on regionally appropriate lawn species, eco-friendly care for all lawns, and ways to reduce or replace lawns, including by growing food.