If you live in an urban area, there are certain things that seem like they may be impossible, such as having a yard to enjoy or finding a place to park your car, but gardening does not have to be one of those things. Urban gardening is the practice of growing plants in an urban environment. You may be surprised to know that urban gardening has a positive impact on the economy, the environment and food security.
If you live in a big city, you may not realize it, but urban gardeners are doing their work all around you. From lush rooftop gardens to colorful window hanging baskets, more citygoers are practicing their green thumbs. Although there is not one steadfast definition of urban gardening, it is usually grouped into two segments, container gardening and rooftop gardening. Read More »
One of the most frustrating things is when you work so hard to maintain and care for something and it doesn’t end up perfect! This situation has recently happened to me with my favorite indoor tomato plant in my home that I take care of everyday. I have noticed that in the past couple weeks that the leaves on it have begun to turn yellowish.
Luckily, since I work here at Ambius, I was able to chat with our horticulturalist, Matt Kostelnick, to ask him why this is happening. He said that it is very common for leaves on plants to turn yellow due to stress to the plant, which can be caused many different ways. Since this is such a common topic for prospective green thumbs, I thought I’d share what I learned from Matt on how to prevent indoor plants from turning yellow. Here’s to keeping plants happy and healthy! Read More »
At Ambius, we love the challenge of beautifying shopping malls with plants. Our design consultants work hard to bring out the character of the mall with their designs and help create an atmosphere that shoppers enjoy.
For example, our recent design project at Twelve Oaks Mall in suburban Detroit was designed by Ambius with Michigan’s natural landscape in mind, which included several different colored and textured grasses, flowers and native oak trees. It truly is a design that reflects the community and location. Through decorating and designing malls with plants and flowers, shoppers are much happier about their shopping experience as well as the scenery. Read More »
The Pachira aquatica or the money tree is a tropical tree that is native to Central and South America, where it naturally grows in swamps. The name “money tree” is rumored to have originated from when a poor man prayed for money and he found the Pachira aquatica, took it home and began to make money by selling the seeds of the plant. So, unfortunately, you won’t strike gold by adding this attractive indoor plant species to your desk.
Although money may not actually grow out of this tree, many cultures regard it as a plant that brings good luck and harmony both in your life and in your home. One such example is the art of Feng Shui, in which you are supposed to place the money plant in the southeast corner of your house because that corner is to be ruled by greenery and wood. The leaves of the plant evoke coins, which are used to inspire your task to live in profusion.