Ekistics designs golf courses, entire cities – TheChronicleHerald.ca

Designing a new city in northern Libya for two million people seems a daunting task, but Rob LeBlanc doesn’t seem fazed by it.

“It’s a massive, massive project,” the landscape architect says of the resort city he is planning on the Mediterranean coast.

“It details where houses are going to go, the industrial parks, airports, office buildings.”

Landscape architects, who specialize in large scale land planning and design, are in demand around the globe, says LeBlanc, who launched his company, Ekistics Planning & Design of Dartmouth, about 12 years ago.

That demand spurred LeBlanc, 41, to start a separate company, Land Inc., about 18 months ago; it focuses solely on international projects. That company, which shares an office with Ekistics, is designing golf courses, resorts and even entire cities in countries such as China, Egypt and Morocco.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca.

Order of Australia for Landscape Architecture academic

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) celebrates the awarding of the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) to Professor Catherin Bull as announced today as part of the 2008 Australian Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Catherin Bull of the University of Melbourne is acknowledged as Australia’s foremost and most respected academic leader of Australian landscape architects. Catherin has always been an active participant in the profession’s directions and growth and remains an inspirational observer of the development of landscape architecture both nationally and internationally.

SOURCE: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

Rain Bird educating Californians on water conservation

As Governor Schwarzenegger Declares Drought Conditions, and Renews Call for California Residents To Use Water More Efficiently in Their Garden and Landscapes This Summer.

In the face of below-average rainfall, very low snowmelt runoff and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s declaration of statewide drought conditions, California residents are now being called upon to reduce their water usage.

Rain Bird, is helping homeowners by providing a few watering tips that homeowners can apply to use water more efficiently and effectively in their gardens and landscapes this summer.

* Water In Short Cycles.
* Time Your Watering. Make sure you turn on your sprinklers at the appropriate time – between 5:00 AM and 10:00 AM
* Drip It. When it comes to keeping individual trees, flowerbeds, potted plants or non-grassy areas healthy, drip irrigation will put water directly at the root system.
* Mulch It Good. A great way to conserve water and help plants stay healthy is to spread mulch in shrub beds, tree rings and flower gardens.
* Only Water What Grows. Sprinklers should be regularly checked to ensure that they water grass and plants, not sidewalks and driveways.

For more information on using water more efficiently in the landscape, podcasts and weekly email tips, visit www.rainbird.com

SOURCE: Rain Bird Press Release

Cuba’s urban farming program a stunning success – International Herald Tribune

or Miladis Bouza, the global food crisis arrived two decades ago. Now, her efforts to climb out of it could serve as a model for people around the world struggling to feed their families.

Bouza was a research biologist, living a solidly middle-class existence, when the collapse of the Soviet Union — and the halt of its subsidized food shipments to Cuba — effectively cut her government salary to US$3 a month. Suddenly, a trip to the grocery store was out of reach.

So she quit her job, and under a program championed by then-Defense Minister Raul Castro, asked the government for the right to farm an overgrown, half-acre lot near her Havana home. Now, her husband tends rows of tomatoes, sweet potatoes and spinach, while Bouza, 48, sells the produce at a stall on a busy street.

Neighbors are happy with cheap vegetables fresh from the field. Bouza never lacks for fresh produce, and she pulls in between 2,000 to 5,000 pesos (US$100-250) a month — many times the average government salary of 408 pesos (US$19).

Read more @ the International Herald Tribune Cuba’s urban farming program a stunning success .

Urban gardener: Gravitational pull – Gardening, House & Home – The Independent

Well, it’s over for another year. The dust, and there was plenty of that at Chelsea this year, has settled and we can be pleased that not only did we win an RHS Gold Medal, but that our garden for Bupa will now be transferred to Meadbank care home in Battersea, a short distance across the river Thames from the Royal Hospital. As ever, it was a team effort. So many people play a vital part in the success of a show garden. They are too numerous to mention here, but they know who they are and how grateful I am for their help. I must, however, tell you about La Boule, the sculptural element of the garden that seemed to capture the imagination of everyone who saw it.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Independent – Urban gardener: Gravitational pull

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