The Power of a “Green” Mall

Ambius Mall ProjectAt 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 »

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The Money Tree Plant – Pachira aquatica

the money tree plantThe 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.

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Video: May Gardening Tips

Are you excited to get back out in the garden? Use these helpful 10 tips from the Eden Project in May to whip your garden into shape ahead of summer.  Read More »

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How Do Scents Affect Your Mood?

How Scents Affect Your MoodSummer is drawing near and with that, smells of fresh cut grass, blossoming flowers and the ocean breeze. Your sense of smell actually sharpens in spring and summer with the air permeating with extra moisture.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the fact that the way a space smells would affect your mood. Obviously, if you’re in a place that has a disagreeable smell, you are more likely to be in a bad mood.

Conversely, if you walk into a room that features a pleasant smell, you are more likely to be a good mood. However, your sense of smell influences your moods much more than you may know. Smell is the most sensitive of the senses. As infants, smell is the first sense to develop. Our noses have as many as six million odor detecting cells. Read More »

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Video: Lemon Juice and Orchids

Did you know you can use lemon juice to help keep orchids looking clean and beautiful? Ambius design expert, Chris Karl, shares his expertise on how to properly use lemon juice with orchids in this short and informative eHow video. Read More »

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