Columbia, SC is almost like a bowl; it is as if the entire state concaves into the city. However, in the center, where the University is, the landscape shoots up again and culminates in near 90° hills where you constantly worry your car will start rolling backwards. While most people think this geographic feature just makes the city “famously hot,”( because it is where the heat and humidity settle), it also provides spectacular views to its inhabitants.
Last year, I lived in one of the dorms on the edge of campus that faced away from both the city and university. I remember on move in day looking out my window and marveling at the view. All I could see were trees in every shade of green; only occasionally, were they interrupted by a lone building. This view would become my favorite thing about the room. Little did I know that nature was having a greater effect on I could comprehend. Plants and the natural world can help make us more productive in our daily lives. Read More
With towering, luscious green walls, beautiful orchids, and a motley of other plants, one might think they are walking into a greenhouse or even a rain forest! However, if they are at an Ambius office, it is just another day at work.
Here at Ambius we pride ourselves on being able to bring the outside in. Not only do we encourage our clients to introduce greenery into their space, but we practice what we preach. With all the benefits of plants for consumers and employees, Ambius gladly invests in our own space as well as others. Read More
Plants are beneficial to humans and other animals in a myriad ways. The most commonly thought of benefit, that plants provide, is that they give off oxygen while taking in carbon dioxide. They, namely trees, also provide shade and cooler temperatures.
Plants are also used in manufacturing products such as paper, lighting, adhesives, medicine, clothing, cosmetics, fuel, charcoal as well as many other products. Additionally, plants provide food for people everywhere. But without light, plants- and life as we know it- would cease to exist. All plants and animals are fully dependent on photosynthesis for their energy. While some carnivores do not eat plants, directly, the vast majority consume animals that subsist on plants. But why exactly do plants need light? How does this miracle process work? Read More
It is no secret that plants provide many benefits to a work space. Whether adding practicality, like reducing noise, or just increasing visual aesthetics, plants are enjoyed by office workers around the globe. What better way to demonstrate your appreciation for plants than by celebrating National Plants at Work Week!
Every year eFIG, or the European Federation of Interior Landscaping Groups, hosts and promotes a week dedicated to informing people about the benefits of plants in the workplace and showing them different ways to incorporate greenery into the office. This week, they will be leaving plants around London for people to take to work with them and have even named an Office Plant of the Year for 2013. Read More
Pietro Porcinai, an Italian landscape architect, did his best to bring ‘the look of the countryside’ to stimulate and save a country that was mired waist-deep in the classic garden tradition. Porcinai’s preference for the look of the countryside may seem unkempt to the obsessively ordered. But Porcinai saw the possibility of trees, grass and open space for all. More than anyone else, from Italy, Porcinai advocated the need for green spaces particularly in the cities. A true biophilic innovator before biophilia was even a term.
Porcinai had “farm values,” envisioning a more relaxed, friendlier man-environment culture from his Tuscan past. One such example was his creation At The Brion Tomb at St. Vito d’Altivole, that overlooks Florence. Here he had planned a rough meadow of grass as well as marguerites unlike the sown lawn that currently occupies the space.
Porcinai was born in 1910, propitiously in one of the most prestigious historical gardens in all of Italy- the Villa Gamberaia. His father was the lead gardener there and this proved substantial in Porcinai’s decision to pursue landscape design. Porcinai would go on to become the most prominent landscape designer from Italy despite the absence of any professional level undergraduate programs in horticulture in his homeland. He began with the architecture program at the University of Florence and augmented his training with the additions of ecology and botany. Read More