Case Study: Sherway Gardens

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Sherway Gardens Sherway Gardens has been one of Toronto’s premier shopping destinations for decades. It was named “Sherway Gardens” after the mall’s construction in 1973 because of its gardens that are strategically located throughout the mall.

Fast forward to today, the mall is in the process of undergoing a a major revitalization to enhance the overall shopping experience that their discerning shopper’s expect.

An important part to this historic renovation was to revitalize the lush gardens. The interior gardens have been an extremely important piece of the mall’s rich history and allure. The goal was to carry on that heritage by bringing them into the modern era with a fresh design.

Sherway Gardens reached out to the Ambius Toronto team and Ambius Project Manager of Retail Design & Construction, Yuko Frazier, for assistance with this project. Read More »

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Orchid Plant Care Guide

Orchid Plant Care GuideOf all the types of flowering plants in the world, orchids are one of the most beloved. There are numerous orchid societies throughout the world consisting of plant lovers devoted to the many beautiful species of orchids.

Everywhere you go, you’re likely to bump into an orchid. Whether one is sitting on a neighbor’s windowsill or an inviting hotel front desk, orchids never go out of style and always give beholders the impression of refinement and grace. Read More »

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The Ultimate Guide to Office Plants

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What is it about indoor plants that make us feel better? Nobody’s entirely sure of the complete answer to that question, but there seems to be something within us, something ancient, that craves being near nature in some form.

Perhaps our ancestors, who spent all of their time outdoors, are still inside of us, wanting to get out, get into the air and the open fields.

It is fairly common knowledge that plants are beneficial and bring do good things to human beings when they are introduced into an office atmosphere.

Just the sight of green plants, a little natural light, access to the outdoors, even a window soothes that savage beast inside of us that just wants to be outside.

Given our innate desire to be in nature, it’s curious that man has chosen to spend the bulk of his days inside. This is particularly true of offices, where we really spend most of our time.

Think about how many employees live and work inside cubicles, surrounded by the white walls of cubicles that are, in turn, surrounded by more white walls, topped with white ceilings and finished off with gray carpets.

These days, more than ever, the benefits of plants in the office are being studied, and the results are compelling. The list of benefits from office plants is growing all the time: increased creativity, improved productivity, reduces absenteeism, increased engagement with work, etc., etc.

We hear stories about “sick-building syndrome” and people discuss being depressed, sick, miserable inside their office. Why is that? Perhaps a better questions is: how do we stop that?

If that sounds interesting and like something that you might want to explore for your office, then you probably have questions. Questions about which plants to bring into the office, about where to put them. You may wonder if there are risks with live plants, or if they are hard to take care of.

Well, we have the answers for your here in our Ultimate Guide to Office Plants. So, ask away. Read More »

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How Odor Removal Helps with Flood Damage

Flood imageIt’s been a record summer so far in much of the country, but not necessarily in a good way. For many areas, this has been one of the wettest and highest-rain-producing summers on record.

For business owners, that means flood damage that goes beyond wet carpeting and damage to furniture.

Flood waters from overflowing rivers bring all kinds of pollutants with them. Those pollutants seep into the walls, the floor and everything that they touch. You may spend money and time drying everything out and replacing what was damaged, but you might have another problem: odor.

Water damage brings unpleasant odors. If you have spent any time in a musty basement you know the smell that we’re talking about. Read More »

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Ambius Wins 16 Trophies at International Plantscape Awards

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The Ambius Designers with their 16 International Plantscape Awards.

The hard-working Ambius Designers love the work they do. Working with people and companies to create more compelling, exciting, and beautiful spaces is their passion and the reward they get from their work are the gasps of delight and surprise from the clients. Whether the work is creating memorable holiday displays, creating a unique look with indoor plants or designing a sprawling green wall, our designers are proud of their work.

All that being said, sometimes it’s also nice to get noticed and rewarded by the industry in which we work.

On July 13, 2015, during the Cultivate’15 industry event, sponsored by AmericanHort and held this year at the Columbus Convention Center, the International Plantscape Awards were held.

We are proud to say that 16 awards were given to Ambius designers for projects all over North America. Of those awards 14 of them were Platinum level and two were Gold level.  Read More »

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