Craig de Necker

How Did We Get Here?

How did we become one of South Africa’s most celebrated landscaping companies? It all started back in 1995 when our founder, Craig de Necker established Plantworld (Pty) Ltd (Plantworld), a wholesale plant growing business that propagates ornamental plants for supply to nurseries and landscapers. As the business grew, we also began to supply plants to export markets, mostly in Africa and the Middle East.

We began to recognize that there was a demand for professional garden design and landscape installation as opposed to the ‘hobbyist’ approach that much of the industry adopted. In 2006 The Friendly Plant (Pty) Ltd was established as an off-shoot of the plant growing business to specialize in landscaping and garden design. In those early days, our industry mostly used hand sketches to convey their designs to their clients. We took a different approach, using CAD and 3D modelling software to design our projects.

A brief summary of events since then…

  • We have serviced clients throughout South Africa and 16 other countries
  • Clients includes people from every walk of life, ranging from home owners to presidents and multinational corporations.
  • Our landscaping work ranges from townhouse gardens to hectare properties in equestrian estates
  • As a design and installation company, we perform all landscaping planting and garden construction functions using our own in-house skills
  • Most of our plants are grown on our own 180,000m2 farm situated near Muldersdrift (close to the N14)

Radio Exposure

  • Radio interviews: Our managing director, Craig de Necker, has been interviewed:
    • Live on 3 occasions on Talk Radio 702 by John Robbie and on 1 occasion by Xolani Gwala
    • Numerous times by Melanie Walker on “Grounded” on Radio Today
    • On numerous occasions live by Graham Alexander on the BuildAid and Building Johannesburg shows (both shows are on MixFM)
    • Click here to listen to a few of our radio interviews

Speaking engagements

  • Speaking engagements: Our managing director, Craig de Necker, has been a guest-speaker at numerous garden and landscape-related events including:
    • BuildAid workshops
    • Grand Designs
    • Garden club meetings

Television Involvement

  • Television show involvement:
    • We designed and installed many gardens for the Big Brother reality television show, including numerous seasons of Big Brother Africa, Big Brother Mzanzi and Big Brother Angola
    • House Hunters International – Landscape consultation and garden design
    • SA Bake-Off television show – Plant consultation and plant supply
    • The Voice SA television show – Plant supply
    • Die Bou Ou (DSTV) – Garden design and installation
    • Win-A-Home (SABC 3 Afternoon Express) – Garden design and installation

Television Interviews and Exposure

  • Our work has been featured on numerous television shows including:


  • Our work has been published in over a dozen coffee-table books published in Europe and the far east

Print media

  • We are regular contributors to local press and magazines. Since 2008 (when our work first appeared in the news media), our work and editorial contributions have appeared in over 150 magazine and newspaper articles in publications including:
    • The Gardener
    • Die Tuinier
    • Landscape SA
    • Get It!
    • The Home Handyman
    • Vrouekeur
    • SA Garden
    • SA Home Owner
    • Conde Nast House & Garden
    • South African Garden and Home
    • Tuine en Tossels (kykNET)
    • Your Family
    • Ontbytsake (kykNET)
    • Pretoria News
    • Beeld
    • Business Day
    • Rapport
    • Top Billing
    • Click here to see some of the issues in which we have featured

Awards and Accolades

  • Our work has won us numerous awards over the years, including a “Best of Show” award
  • We are a Diners Club Preferred Merchant and as such, we are recommended by Diners Club to their Prive Card holders
  • is a community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals from across the world.
    We have been awarded the following accolades by the Houzz community:

    • Houzz influencer: This was awarded to us as the Houzz community values our knowledge and advice
    • Recommended on Houzz: This award means that the Houzz community recommends us
    • 10,000 idea book saves: This means that our work has been added to idea books in the Houzz community over 10,000 times

Social Responsibility – Giving Back

  • We believe in giving back to those who are less fortunate than ourselves and donate many thousands of Rands worth of plants and labour to worthy causes every year. Some of the causes which we have supported include:
    • Africa Food For Thought 
    • CHOC
      Childhood Cancer Foundation
    • Christian Centre Remar
      Caring for abused women and children, recovering drug addicts, the elderly and indigent
    • Greenpop
      Re-forestation and tree planting
    • House of Hope
    • Little Eden
      Provider of life-long care to 300 children and adults with profound intellectual disability
    • Malamulele Onward
      Provides therapy to children severely disabled by Cerebral Palsy living in underserved rural communities
    • Nkosi’s Haven
      Holistic care and support for  destitute HIV/AIDS infected mothers, her children, and resulting AIDS orphans (infected or not)
    • SARDA – Riding for the Disabled
    • Ry Ma In
      Self-Help Centre for Quadriplegics
    • Salvation Army – Firland Children’s Home

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