• Karyn Richards


Peet van der Merwe, founder of Greenacres Landscapes, passed away on 8 July 2021 due to Covid related complications. He was 67.

He joined the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) in the early 1990s and received his first Gold Award at the 1995 SALI Awards of Excellence. Under his leadership, Greenacres Landscapes received 45 awards over a period of 26 years - 16 Gold, 15 Silver, ten Bronze and one Merit. By 1998, Peet was entering up to eight projects a year into the annual SALI Awards of Excellence.

Landscape architects such as Lucas Uys, Neville White, Daniel Rebel and Christine Cilliers-Walker trusted Peet implicitly to implement their designs.

Many remembered how thrilled he was when Greenacres won the top award for the specialised landscape construction of Loftus Park, Pretoria, in 2019. Morne Faulhammer, SALI national judge at the time, said that Peet never shied away from a complex project and that he was prepared to go ahead and make it happen. His work included private residences and corporate projects in Gauteng and the Cape.

Landscape SA extends its sincere condolences to his family, friends, staff and colleagues.

Information courtesy of SALI

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