Briza Authors

At Briza, our authors are our pride! They are specialists in their fields and above all great writers, producing excellent books which educate us and lead us to a greater understanding of our world.

Helen Lachenicht

Briza Publications author Helen Lachenicht is the co-author of the bestselling gardening book, Making Sense of Garden Design and Sinvolle Tuinontwerp. Helen recognises good friends and mentors Bruce Stead and Heather Balcomb as instrumental in the creation of Irene School of Garden Design, and has a passion for indigenous plants. Helen is also an advisor for numerous magazine articles and newspapers. Helen’s passion for indigenous plants, understanding of design principles and sincerity to nature is what called her to share principles of garden design with the public. She is also an expert on designing gardens for pets, as well as planting schemes for flower beds, using colour, texture and form to your advantage.

Her other passions are family first, dogs, namely Australian Cattle Dogs, and elephants. At present she is co-authoring an introduction book to South African Landscape Design and overseeing the creation of an indigenous dolomite landscape in Irene.

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Helen has won various awards for her work inluding the following:

  • The Rand Water Board Trophy
  • Elle Magazine WOW Award in 2001 for her show garden entitled Passion for Nature
  • A silver medal at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Agricultural Show

Rolf Becker

Briza Publications author Rolf Becker graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as a Master of Science and PhD in Biochemistry. He was Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Limpopo for 20 years, while also furthering his...

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Alma Möller

Briza Publications author Alma Möller graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Genetics, and a Master of Science in Entomology, after obtaining a postgraduate certificate in Electron Microscopy. She worked at the University of Limpopo as Electron...

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CJ Cilliers

Author CJ Cilliers is a retired researcher with a PhD in entomology. She is known for her research on the biological control of insects pests and aquatic weeds, implementing biological control and integrated pest and weed management in South Africa and elsewhere. This...

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CE van Ginkel

Author CE van Ginkel is a freshwater scientist, with a PhD in botany. As a special scientist in the then Department of Water Affairs, she practised aquatic science over several decades throughout South Africa. She was the coordinator of the National Eutrophication...

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Piet van Wyk

The late author Piet van Wyk (1931 - 2006) was a biologist who worked for three decades as a researcher in the Kruger National Park. He authored several popular books on southern African trees. Wyle outeur Piet van Wyk (1931 - 2006) was 'n bioloog wat drie dekades as...

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