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Cheral Kennedy, owner of Living Matter - Landscape Styling and Design writes for various editorials and publications, mostly relating to green or landscaping issues.

Living Matters is the monthly newsletter that she personally produces to share anything that touches on or is related to nature and the world we live in. It is a great opportunity to share and pass on interesting information to like-minded individuals. The newsletter is sent to opt-in subscribers only.


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Art, Decor & Design

  • Underwater Photographer wins
  • Daniella Mooney - art installations
  • Jenna Burchell - sound sculptures
  • Hoi P'loy lighting
  • Artist Ley Mboramwe
  • Treehouse Builder
  • David Reade - glass blower
  • Almost-invisible furniture
  • Mandela tribute in bronze
  • Most expensive art
  • Recreate - upcycled items
  • Lego is now art
  • 2015 Cape Town Carnival
  • Ceramic restoration workshop
  • Artwork of The Blackheart Gang
  • First Thursdays
  • Faith47
  • Breaking architectural norms
  • Ethnic bags
  • Lume collective - light art
  • CT artist - Lindi Sales
  • Ghost signs
  • Top 75 pictures for 2013
  • Cape Town Art Fair
  • Erykah Badu at the jazz festival
  • Arno Carstens fine art
  • Hout Bay T-bags
  • Living Landscape Art
  • Morse Code Art
  • In Wood Designs
  • Gretha Quinlan's candles
  • Sandwich bag love
  • Trends at Decorex 2013
  • Design Africa - contemporary style
  • Most beautiful astronomy photos
  • South African artist - Grady Zeeman
  • Christmas styling with local flowers
  • Wooden decor words
  • Anthropocene art
  • Dna photographers
  • HeartVeld - love all around
  • Yarn bombing
  • Narda Ruben's photographic art
  • Reuben Margolin's kinetic sculptures
  • Creative blacksmithing
  • Design Indaba 2012 trends
  • Farming art
  • Thought-provoking Chinese art
  • Exceptional local art
  • Making a wall of it
  • Using nature for art
  • Telephones in sheeps' clothing
  • Shadow Art
  • Diasec - eternal prints
  • MyCiTi Bus station artwork
  • Similarities between man and plant
  • Easter egg art
  • Design Indaba '11 - impressions
  • Revival to fashion district of Joburg
  • Cirque du Soleil come to South Africa
  • Taking the festivities outdoors
  • Vertical Gardening
  • New floral art form
  • Growing, green vehicles
  • 3D optical illusions
  • Flower carpet in Brussels
  • Rivers and Tides - Andy Goldsworthy
  • 7 wonders of eco design
  • Stylish outdoor furniture
  • Artworks on local rock
  • Wildlife Photographer of the year
  • Advanced digital graphics
  • The latest design trends for Xmas
  • Designer container homes
  • HMS Pinafore at Artscape Theatre
  • Tribal belly dancer, Sharon Kihara
  • Hello Again - unique clothing shop
  • Vinyl wall art
  • Art in a new form - paper
  • Decorex 2009
  • Design Indaba 2009 Trends
  • Medical, Science & Technology

  • Natures Selfies
  • Gravity Wave Astronomy
  • Type I Diabetes solution
  • Centenary for Proxima Centauri
  • Plants communication network
  • Largest Photo Ever Taken
  • Evolutionary timeline of orchids
  • Pterosaur debunked
  • Zero unknown large craters
  • Dendrochronology
  • Babies command technology
  • Ultra-secure Quantum network
  • Medicinal cannabis
  • Detecting Alzheimer's disease
  • Smallest GPS Tracking Device
  • Nose cells help a man walk
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Global Leaf Area Index
  • Additional wind farms launched
  • Sweden's trash issues
  • Top 10 new species named
  • NASA Earth Observations imagery
  • Miracle pill could replace chemotherapy
  • 1000 year old bacteria
  • Milans' Garden Skyscrapers near completion
  • Milk in all forms and flavours
  • LED Bleigiessen sculpture
  • Induction Geyser
  • Digital Irrigation Technology
  • Quadrocopter Camera's
  • Faster internet in a fibre
  • New meat-eating dinosaur named
  • Smartglasses
  • New Metrorail coaches
  • Hurricane paths mapped
  • Largest quasar identified
  • New carnivorous sea sponge found
  • Photoluminescent pebbles
  • Paper thin batteries for smart phones
  • Technological advancements - fragrances
  • Paper stronger than steel
  • Wind farm to power PE
  • Embryoscope boosts pregnancy
  • Square Kilometre Array (SKA)
  • Off the shelf blood vessels
  • SA's first prototype wind turbine blade
  • Shipwreck found at V&A Waterfront
  • Biggest scientific breakthroughs - 2011
  • Mathematical shapes in nature
  • First brain recordings of a fruit fly
  • Honing the units of measurement
  • Hotel Room in a Capsule
  • Magnetic Navigation
  • New ceramic hob - low on electricity
  • Top Five green gadgets we wish we had
  • Eggsperiments by the bored scientist
  • Quartz - key to understanding quakes
  • Lego moves with the electronic age
  • Neural Circuits found
  • Solar building for Olympics
  • Blue moon meanings
  • Solar powered catamaran
  • Racing car designs for city cars
  • Advantages of LED's
  • Solar brick lighting
  • Solar cellphones
  • Solar heated appliances
  • Wave energy just around the corner
  • Solar cells are transformed
  • Antartica's lakes are mapped
  • Vaccine against cervical cancer
  • Satellite Communication - GEO
  • Satellite orbits - part 1
  • Satellite orbits - part 2
  • Satellite orbits - part 3
  • First electric vehicle in South Africa
  • Vitamin A / Retinol

  • Green, Natural, Eco & Organic

  • Storing seeds for winter
  • Pickling olives
  • Planting water-wise plants
  • Understanding water restrictions
  • Potassium's Role in plant growth
  • Phosphorus' Role in plant growth
  • Mamre's Spring Garden Competition
  • Nitrogen's role in plant health
  • Tree Planning - Roots vs Canopies
  • How to pot a herb
  • Multiple uses for Orange peels
  • Healing powers of Lavender
  • Merino 101
  • Raising honeybees
  • Alien invasive plant removal
  • Cocomosaic tiles
  • Healing properties of herbal tea
  • Poisonous plants for your pets
  • Indoor air filtering plants
  • Harvesting and storing seeds
  • Slimy snails be gone
  • Bizarre mushrooms
  • Soil-less plant growth
  • Plant care for cymbidium orchids
  • Create your own fruit tree
  • Healthy soil
  • Edible flowers of popular herbs
  • The Importance of Trees
  • Knysna Loerie
  • Garden Mulching
  • Health benefits of Bananas
  • Healthiest meat - Ostrich
  • Green food supplement - Green Vibrance
  • The Scarf Initiative
  • Xylitol - the safe sugar
  • Lunar astrology for agriculture
  • Beautiful world
  • Carbohydrates
  • Plants for butterflies
  • The new ceramic braai
  • Natural insecticide and fungicide
  • Smallest gardens
  • Home beer brewing
  • Ginger - winter delight
  • Quinoa - a good source of protein
  • Natural ways to soothe sore muscles
  • Tips to help taste and enjoy wine
  • Planting by the moon phases
  • African Chic
  • Are you up for the challenge?
  • Vegetarian for a month
  • Popular decking - Macaranduba
  • Recycled newspapers make pencils
  • Composite decking
  • Pescatarian
  • Edible flowers
  • Down duvets get a feather-light lift
  • Organic farming certification
  • Avocado has high nutritional value
  • 10 places to visit before they vanish
  • Evening sky stars in January
  • Organic Insecticide
  • Biolytic wastewater filter
  • Roofing reduces global warming
  • Organic shampoo
  • Food additives (E-Numbers)
  • Mushroom compost
  • Recycling centres - Cape Town
  • Natural vs. synthetic fibres
  • Recycling codes
  • Bamboo towels - green by nature
  • Mushrooms are high in minerals
  • Natural and Organic Products Expo
  • Ganics grows bigger and better
  • Vermiculture with earthworms
  • Vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian
  • 2009 Clan William Flower show
  • Western Leopard Toad mating now
  • Vinyl and PVC
  • Organic fruit and vegetables
  • House cleaning products
  • Biodiversity Wine
  • Degradable, biodegradable

  • Gardening Tips

  • Planting and Sowing guides
  • Plant Nutrients - Part 1
  • Plant Nutrients - Part 2
  • Gardening Trends - 2009

    Spring

  • Spring Gardening Tips - household liquids
  • Spring Gardening Tips - splash of colour
  • Spring Gardening Tips - Roses
  • Attracting butterflies
  • Spring tips for your veggie garden
  • Spring bonsai care
  • Spring Gardening tips - Composting
  • Spring Gardening Tips - Fertilisation

    Summer

  • Water-wise - grey leaf plants
  • Summer Herbs and Veggies
  • Summer Gardening Tips - Hydrangeas
  • Summer splash of colour
  • Summer Gardening Tips - Irrigation

    Autumn

  • Autumn Gardening Tips - Bulbs for Spring
  • Autumn Gardening Tips - Irrigation
  • Autumn Gardening Tips - Hedges & Topiary
  • Autumn Gardening tips - Fallen Leaves
  • Prepare for Autumn wildlife
  • Autumn Gardening Tips - Fertilisation

    Winter

  • Winter gardening tips - harvesting vegetables
  • Winter Gardening Tips - frost protection
  • Winter Gardening Tips for your bonsai
  • Winter Gardening Tips - Shade analysis

  • Must-see locations

  • Nuy on the Hill
  • Noop Restaurant - Paarl
  • Kagga Kamma nature reserve
  • Melissa's - Du Toitskloof
  • Kitima - Hout Bay
  • Manna Epicure - Cape Town
  • The Barn Gallery - Worcester
  • The Wild Fig Restaurant - Cape Town
  • The Rust Bucket - Westlake
  • Ponta do Ouro - Mozambique
  • Oewerzicht - Greyton
  • Waldhaus restaurant - Leukerbad
  • Leukerbad - Switzerland
  • Zevenwacht Wine Estate - Stellenbosch
  • Ronnie's Sex Shop Route 62
  • Pot Luck Club - Cape Town
  • The Test Kitchen - Cape Town
  • 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa - Cape Town
  • Grande Gaube beach - Mauritius
  • Flowers of Paradise - Pereybere
  • Birds Paradise - Robertson
  • Nuy Valley Festival - Worcester
  • Ilha de Luanda - Angola
  • CTICC
  • Fairy Glen Game Reserve - Worcester
  • Ceres zipline
  • Moniki Chocolatier - Tulbagh
  • Birds of Eden - Plettenberg Bay
  • Trogon House and Forest Spa - Plettenberg Bay
  • Greyton Lodge - Greyton
  • Aquila Game Reserve - Klein Karoo
  • The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa
  • Chandelier Game Lodge - Klein Karoo
  • Paternoster Fishing Village
  • Seasons Restaurant - Wellington
  • Wildebraam Berry Estate - Swellendam
  • Wheatlands - Greyton
  • Elgin Hills Tented Camp - Elgin
  • 5 Mountains Lodge and Spa - Wellington
  • Gaikou Lodge - Swellendam
  • Temenos Retreat - Mc Gregor
  • Thesen Island - Knysna
  • Eastern Food Bazaar - Cape Town
  • Local labyrinths of contemplation
  • Enjo Nature Farm - Cederberg
  • Pipe Track - Table Mountain
  • Hands-on Harvest - Roberston
  • Driehoek Guest Farm - Cederberg
  • Grand Daddy Hotel - Cape Town
  • Lions Head - full moon and eclipse
  • Halloween in Cape Town
  • Mountain biking - Cederberg
  • Monkey valley Resort - Noordhoek
  • Oudeschip shipwreck - Hout Bay
  • Ganzekraal Resort - West Coast
  • Scuba dive - Ponte Malongane
  • Elephants' eye - Silvermine
  • Tonquani Lodge & Spa - Knysna
  • Spanspek se Plek - Ashton
  • Woodstock Cave - Table Mountain
  • Butterfly World - Cape Town
  • Hiking in the Western Cape
  • Duinepos Chalets- West Coast
  • Lake Navarone - Drakensberg
  • Oak & Vigne Cafe - Greyton
  • Honeywood Farm - Suurbrak
  • De Bos Guest Farm - Montagu
  • Drakensberg caves
  • Sanddrif - Cederberg
  • Swartberg pass - Karoo
  • Lavender Cottages - Elgin
  • Moonshine on Whiskey Creek
  • Trinity Lodge - Darling
  • Aquacade Camp - Orange River
  • Fireflies in Kirstenbosch gardens
  • Evita se Perron - Darling
  • West Coast National Park
  • Slanghoek Villa's - Goudini
  • Honeywood Farm - Heidelberg
  • Cathedral Peak - Drakensberg
  • De Pakhuys Guest Farm - Cederberg
  • Beaverlac campsite - Porterville

  • Living Matter Hot News

  • Cheral is on Radio Disa
  • New partners added
  • Cheral judges garden competition
  • On Afternoon Express show
  • Design Indaba 2015
  • Propagation begins
  • SA Home Owner Edition
  • Nursery started
  • 10 Years in business!
  • New employee
  • SA Home Owner Article!
  • New products!
  • New newsletter feature added
  • Lunar calendar updated
  • Airport Industria in flower!
  • Featured in SA Home Owner
  • Featured in SA Home Owner
  • New products!
  • Lunar Calendar updated
  • Airport Industria kicks off!
  • New preferred partners added
  • Newlands project starting
  • Landscape Trends website launched
  • Eversdal Paradise
  • Lunar Calendar updated
  • 2 Articles in SA Home Owner
  • In The Property Magazine
  • October is vegetarian month
  • Living Matter supports NSRI
  • Stonehurst project added to website
  • SA Home Owner Magazine winter tips
  • Newsletter going into 3rd year!
  • Emielke Photography wins Gold Award
  • Expresso Morning Show
  • Featured in SA Home Owner
  • Plant Directory Launch
  • Order your compost through us
  • BP / Nando's Tokai is blooming
  • Newsletter subscriber base growing
  • Rondebosch project added to website
  • Featured in SA Home Owner
  • Confidence for 2010 is up
  • Training courses for Q1 and Q2 2010
  • Newsletter has done well in 2009
  • More design training courses
  • Featured in The Property Magazine
  • Noordhoek Playground is complete
  • Library added to Living Matter website
  • Noordhoek landscape started
  • Basics of Garden Design course
  • Response to newsletter & website
  • Launch of Living Matter's new website

  • Featured Plants

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  • Plectranthus Ciliatus
  • Tulbaghia Simmleri
  • Arctotis Stoechadifolia
  • Cotyledon Orbiculata var Elk Horn
  • Plectranthus Neochilus
  • Protea Cynaroides
  • Clivia Miniata var citrina
  • Aloe Ciliaris
  • Euryops Virgineus
  • Erica Mammosa
  • Dodonaea Viscosa var. Angustifolia
  • Strelitzia Reginae
  • Pelargonium Betulinum
  • Asparagus Densiflorus
  • Dimorphotheca Jucunda
  • Arctotis Acaulis
  • Gazania Krebsiana
  • Aloe Striata
  • Aloe Africana
  • Witsenia maura
  • Erica abietina
  • Tecoma Capensis "Rocky Horror"
  • Buddleja Glomerata
  • Echeveria Runyonii
  • Brabejum Stellatifolium
  • Calodendron Capense
  • Felicia Echinata
  • Aloe Aristata
  • Acokanthera Oppositifolia
  • Brachylaena Discolor
  • Agathosma Ovata 'Glentana'
  • Nuxia Floribunda
  • Dodonaea Viscosa var. pupurea
  • Vepris Lanceolata
  • Dais Cotinifolia
  • Abelia Francis Mason
  • Gardenia Thunbergia
  • Abelia Grandiflora
  • Freylinia Longiflora
  • Mackaya Bella
  • Adenandra Uniflora
  • Begonia Dregei
  • Crassula Ovata
  • Aloe Dichotoma
  • Elegia Tectorum
  • Chrysanthemoides Monilifera
  • Dietes Grandiflora
  • Bauhinia Galpinii
  • Lampranthus Multiradiatus
  • Halleria Lucida
  • Bolusanthus Speciosus
  • Zantedeschia Aethiopica
  • Aloe Ferox
  • Pelargonium Crassicaule
  • Strelitzia Juncea
  • Phylica Ericoides
  • Chondropetalum Tectorum
  • Cassine Peragua
  • Salvia Chamelaeagnea
  • Mimetes Cucullatum
  • Aristea Major
  • Watsonia Marginata
  • Pelargonium Cucullatum
  • Coleonema Pulchellum
  • Osteospermum Ecklonis
  • Metalasia Muricata
  • Nylandtia Spinosa
  • Barleria Obtusa
  • Tecoma Capensis
  • Senecio Tamoides
  • Stoebe Rosea
  • Carissa Macrocarpa
  • Agapanthus Africanus
  • Clivia Miniata
  • Leucospermum Cordifolium
  • Chasmanthe Floribunda
  • Leucodendron Strobilinum
  • Kniphofia Praecox
  • Leonotis Leonurus
  • Plectranthus Ecklonii
  • Amaryllis Belladonna

  • Featured Wines

  • Neethlingshof Unwooded Chardonnay 2013
  • Dombeya Merlot 2009
  • Hidden Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Doolhof Lady in Red
  • De Grendel Rose 2010
  • Allee Bleue Starlette Pinotage 2012
  • Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc 2012
  • Doolhof Minotaur 2009
  • Blaauwklippen White Zinfandel 2010
  • Nabygelegen Lady Anna 2012
  • De Bos Sur Lie Chenin Blanc 2012
  • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2011
  • Seven Springs Chardonnay 2011
  • Jacques Bruere Cuvee Brut Rose MCC 2006
  • Groote Post Shiraz 2011
  • The Berry Box White 2011
  • Syrah Reserve 2008
  • Nikela 2005
  • Lyngrove Reserve Chardonnay 2010
  • Babiana 2008
  • Vondeling Petit Blanc 2011
  • Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2010
  • Appollis Bordeaux Blend
  • Lyngrove Reserve Chardonnay 2010
  • Lyngrove Platinum Pinotage 2009
  • Nabygelegen Seventeen Twelve 2006
  • Nabygelgen Scaramanga 2010
  • Gabrielskloof Magdalena 2009
  • Sterhuis Chenin Blanc / Viognier 2010
  • Ernst Gouws & Co Chardonnay 2010
  • De Grendel Rose 2010
  • Chenin Blanc Reserve 2008
  • The High Road Reserve 2007
  • Louis Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  • Louis Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2007
  • Laibach Ladybird White 2009
  • Laibach Ladybird Red Blend 2008
  • Bartinney Sauvignon Blanc 2009
  • Verdelho Peridot Organic 2009

  • Featured Partners

  • Revel Fox & Partners Architects and Planners
  • Warren Petterson Planning
  • Master Decks
  • Alan Dawson Gardens
  • The Garden Trellis Company
  • The Pixel Zoo - Website Design
  • Wine Specialist - Karen Glanfield
  • United Paving
  • Cape Sandstone - Sandstone cladding
  • Hennie De Villiers Architects
  • Obbligato - Contemporary pots
  • MacDonald & Sons - Pool mosaics
  • Quartz Carpet - Seamless flooring
  • The Pixel Zoo - Xmas Ecards
  • Paarman Landscapes
  • Emielke Photography
  • A+ Renovations - building
  • i shoot photography
  • Hedgehogs Landscaping


    Landscape Design ideas

  • Firewood storage
  • Steel Edging
  • Wall of art
  • Architectural chairs
  • Glass lights
  • Tree stump playhouse
  • Modern veggie garden
  • Pebble wall
  • Greened geometric pavers
  • Pots on a wall
  • Creative pergola
  • Herringbone Deck
  • Row of tree stems
  • Festive lights
  • Cobbled bed edging
  • LED strip lighting
  • Floating shelves
  • Art sculpture
  • Stainless steel bench
  • Gabian archway
  • Hanging lanterns
  • Wood cupboard
  • Framed deck
  • Fire pits
  • Bougainvillea tree

  • Brain Teasers

  • April 2016
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  • December 2015
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  • January 2105
  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2104
  • March 2014
  • February 2104
  • January 2014
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
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  • August 2012
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  • April 2012
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  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
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  • December 2009
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