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South Africa: Johannesburg’s rooftop farmer

04 May 2018

Rooftop hydroponics is part of a new “urban agriculture initiative” taking place in the South African city of Johannesburg. This farming – which uses water rather than soils to grow plants – is proving popular among green entrepreneurs, as Jessica David Preyser discovers.

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‘I looked at kale, peppers and tomatoes and fell in love’: gardening’s young stars

Architects work together in big practices so why should it be different with garden designers?’ says Kate Savill, right, of working with Tamara Bridge. Photograph: Ben Quinton for the Guardian

They’re hot on Instagram and YouTube, and love nothing more than getting muddy – meet the gardeners of the future.

By Colin Crummy
The Guardian
May 4, 2018


The powerful partnership of Tamara Bridge and Kate Savill, both 30, is rare in usually male-centric gardening circles. Both run individual, award-winning garden design practices, but also collaborate on show gardens. In 2017, they pooled their talents for a BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Garden at Chelsea; this year they are back to create an artisan garden for a craft gin company. “Architects work together in big practices so why should it be different with garden designers?” says Bristol-based Savill.

The pair met in competition at RHS Tatton Park flower show in 2015 where they were both up for Young Designer of the Year. Bridge won, and Savill was awarded a gold medal – not bad for her first show garden. The two hit it off when they spent three weeks living side by side in a camper van (Bridge) and a tent (Savill) at the show. “It started off just Tamara and me in a field, two girls cracking on for weeks,” says Savill.

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