Landscaping – Where it all began for us

In 1995, we started a wholesale plant growing business, in other words, a ‘plant factory’.

As a grower, we supplied plants to nurseries, landscapers as well as export markets in Africa and the Middle East. Consequently, we saw a market where we could offer a professional landscape and design service.

In 2006 The Friendly Plant (Pty) Ltd was established as an off-shoot of this business (Plantworld) in order to specialize in landscaping and garden design. It followed that we excelled in the creation of outdoor living spaces.

This is a brief summary of what we have done since then

  • Landscape installation teams (based in Gauteng): 9
  • Full-time garden landscape designers employed: 6
  • Staff compliment: in excess of 50 people
  • Countries serviced: Throughout South Africa and 16 other countries
  • Clients includes people from every walk of life, ranging from home owners to presidents and multinational corporations.
  • 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 44-acre farm situated near Muldersdrift (close to the N14)

Radio

  • 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 two occasions live by Graham Alexander on the BuildAid show 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 are the official designers and installers of the 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 – Consultation and garden design
    • SA Bake-Off television show – Consultation and plant supply
    • The Voice SA television show – Plant supply

Television Interviews and Exposure

  • Our work has been featured on numerous television shows including:
    • Ontbytsake on Kyknet
    • The Gardener on the DSTV Home channel – Interviewed by Tanya Visser on numerous occasions
    • Tuine en Tossels on Kyknet
    • Win-A-Home on SABC 3 Afternoon Express (we were the landscape specialist for one of the houses in this reality show competition)
    • Gardening 101 on the DSTV Home Channel – Interviewed by Melanie Walker on numerous occasions
    • Click here to see footage of some of our television exposure

Books

  • Our work has been published in over a dozen coffee-table books published overseas

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 Acollades

  • 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
  • Houzz.com 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

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

LANDSCAPING BY AN INTERNATIONALLY-RECOGNISED, AWARD-WINNING LANDSCAPE DESIGN & INSTALLATION COMPANY

Whether you are looking for a garden design, fire pit, boma or a landscaper to install your garden, you have come to the right place!