5 Beautiful Botanic Gardens To Visit

With summer fading fast and school just around the corner, people are trying to send summer out with style with vacations and final plans.  Whether it is last minute road trip or a planed week-long excursion, why not include plants in your trip?

Here at Ambius, we pride ourselves on being able to bring the outside in.  However, while a plant on your desk makes us happy, we also want people to enjoy the natural beauty of the world outside, in the fresh air.  With this in mind, why not visit your local botanical garden?  Botanical gardens are excellent ways to experience plants, flowers, and nature in a fun way.  Check out these five amazing gardens that you might just want to include them in your next trip. Read More »

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Video: August Gardening Tips

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Beat The Summer Heat…With Plants!

With the dog days of summer bearing down on us, some begin to long for a crisp winter’s day or a nice fall breeze.  With temperatures well over 100 degrees in areas of the United States, it’s no wonder this thinking has come about.  However, why shouldn’t we be able to enjoy these boiling days?  If only there was some way to cool down city streets and make the heat manageable.  Oh wait, there is: plants.

A recent study from the University of Melbourne shows that plants can directly reduce heat by up to nine degrees.  While this might not seem like a lot, there is a big difference (to me at least) between 81° and 90°.  Plants act like natural air conditioners and evaporate water in their leaves to leave the air nice and cool. More plants please! Read More »

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An Auto Body Shop With Nature’s Touch

When you think of auto body shops, lush, green foliage may not be the first image that springs to mind. However, an innovative plant display is at the center of the interior design at Selecta Auto Body. The Bay Area auto specialists opened their new eco-friendly shop recently in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, complete with suspended planters hanging from their shop wall. Selecta Auto Body owner, J.R. Hubbarb, worked for plantscaping company Plant Design in his mid-twenties as a plant care technician.

While working at Plant Design, J.R. became fast friends with plant designer, Jon LaDow. So when the time came to add nature’s touch to his new shop, J.R. knew Jon was the right person for the job.

Well-known in the industry for his design prowess, Jon LaDow has won widespread praise for his eye-catching exterior/interior landscapes and imaginative holiday displays. When J.R. contacted him about the project, Jon jumped at the opportunity to help a friend and work on an atypical project. After serving customers for nearly 40 years out of their previous location, Selecta set out to upgrade to a new location that not only allowed for better equipment but enabled J.R. and team to create a truly green building. Read More »

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Reminiscing Paradise: Seduction by Hawaiian Hibiscus

There it sits, in all its beautiful splendor, radiating a warmth that performs magical wonders on any rainy day when sunlight has decided to call-in-sick. A beautiful red Hibiscus flower helps to start each day anew in a reinvigorating manner. It is stunningly beautiful in a way that is more on par with fantasy than reality. E.O. Wilson was certainly on to something with his concept of Biophilia: man’s innate need for nature. However, the Red Hibiscus goes well beyond getting-in-touch with nature; it fast forwards to magical seduction.

Losing oneself in the warm embrace of this potted beauty is akin to a trip back in time to one of the world’s most breathtaking vistas- Maui, Hawaii. The mythic aura of Maui, which culminated in an invigorating climb atop Mauna Haleakala, in order to witness the intimidating expanse of a towering dormant volcano whose crater could easily contain all of Manhattan, simply froze time. Read More »

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