Landscaping For The Environment

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Danie Steenkamp of DDS Projects designed a garden that skillfully disappears into the surrounding mountains.

Danie completed his studies in Landscaping and Town Planning, and a post-graduate degree in Sustainable Development Planning, at the University of Stellenbosch. 

He established DDS Projects in 2011, now based at the Groot Drakenstein Handelshuis, alongside his nursery specialising in drought-tolerant planting, just outside of Franschhoek.

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Danie designs and implements gardens for an enviable list of clients. 

He feels working on this garden, for which he was awarded ‘Best Environmental Landscape Work’ by the South African Landscaping Institute, resonated with his deep affinity for the Klein Karoo veld in which he grew up. 

“For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in natural systems and the idea of creating environments. I find the way we relate to our surrounds fascinating, and it excites me to create interesting landscapes which speak to the environmental or cultural context in which they are found.”

Photography Heidi Bertish