Biophilic Design: The Secret to Creating a Better Workspace

office-plants-boardroom-windowsCompanies want to increase their employee productivity and creativity to gain that all-important advantage over competitors. Many businesses are looking at ways to make the office space more productive and creative by improving the mental health and overall well being of their employees.

Studies have shown that people have an innate desire to be part of nature in some way. Whether it’s being able to view nature scenes out a window, access to live office plants inside their office, or access to natural light, our bodies and minds crave a sense of oneness with nature. This is an area of study known as biophilia.

One of the leading organizations in promoting biophilic living is nature-minded carpet tile designer and maker, Interface. Interface recently launched a website dedicated to biophilic designer called Human Spaces. They study offices, companies and workers from around the world and compile evidence that bringing nature into the built environment has many benefits. Read More »

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Indoor Plants That Need Very Little Water

Plants That Need Very Little WaterWater conservation is a serious issue in many parts of the country, particularly in the western US. California is amidst one of the state’s worst droughts in history. One way of saving water is by using plants that naturally require less water than others. Plants like these can be used for both the exterior and interior of the home. For indoor plants, there’s a wide range of such plants to choose from.

Before we discuss the wide variety of low-water plants, it’s important to talk about proper care. Although these plants are “low-water” it doesn’t imply they never need water. They still need to be watered, albeit less often and typically in lesser amounts. Read More »

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A Successful Atrium Takes a Professional

Atrium full of plants

You spend a lot of money making the building look beautiful. You hire the best architect, the best interior designer in town to make your space attractive for customers and employees.

You choose the right furniture for the lobby, select special artwork for the walls of your hallways. The windows are just right, the brick is just right, the tile on the floor is just right. Then you turn to the pride and joy of your new building: the atrium. Read More »

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The Best Low Light Plants for Indoors

Featured imageYou start a new business and you’re looking around the office, the lobby, the restaurant or whatever space you have. You see the desks, the people, the computers, everything looks in order, but there’s something wrong. The place just looks drab, not quite right.

“Get me some plants!” You say.

Immediately you assign that task to someone who runs out and buys the most colorful and vibrant plants possible and places them all around the space. To your dismay, just a few days later all of those expensive, colorful plants are dead.

What happened?

Well the fact is that some of the most popular indoor plant species tend to need the most light and care. Unless you have a light meter handy, no matter how big the windows are in your space or how bright it seems, it’s a good bet that the space in question is not getting enough sunlight to sustain those plants. That’s why you’d be better served getting low light plants for your space. Read More »

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The Best #PlantFacts on Twitter

Plant FactsOutside the first signs of spring are beginning to appear throughout the United States. Before long, we will back doing all the things we love to do outside and reconnecting with nature. The @Ambius Twitter account takes pride in sharing tips and little known factoids about plants.

Whether it’s telling the story behind a particular plant species’ nickname or imparting some plant care tips anyone can use, we love to help educate the public about plants.

With people getting ready to use their green thumbs, we thought now would be great time to collect our favorite plant-related Tweets from Twitter and share them with you all in once place. If you have a plant-related tip or fact, feel free to join in the fun by using the hashtag #PlantFacts on Twitter.

So without further ado…on with the Tweets! Read More »

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