Happy National Plants At Work Week!

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 »

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History of a Green Thumb: Pietro Porcinai

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 »

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Video: July Gardening Tips

For some tips on how to care for plants indoors, click here! Read More »

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Britain’s Favourite Smells

Have you ever smelt something and immediately you were reminded of a different place or time?  Maybe the smell of cinnamon and pine reminds you of holidays with the family, or fresh cut grass calls to mind a bright summer day. Anytime you encounter that particular smell, you re-experience those memories or feelings.

Premium Scenting, or Aroma Marketing, is infusing different smells into a space so that customers or visitors have a positive experience.  Kenneth Freeman, the International Technical Director for Ambius, says, “Of the five senses, smell is the most powerful, with the ability to trigger emotions and memories of good times with friends and family, and experiences from our childhood.”  So what exactly do people like to smell?  Ambius UK recently conducted a study to find out what people consider to be the best and the worst aromas. Read More »

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What Are The Benefits of Office Plants?

Americans are a nation of hard workers and for most that entails spending the majority of working hours indoors. Members of the cubicle crowd often lack direct access to natural light and unwittingly endure pollutant-contaminated air that has become all too common in newer office buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors.

Throughout the throes of the 40+ hour work week, the average person spends a lot of time breathing in mold, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, chemicals, formaldehyde, dust mites and even pesticides. Office plants counter the harmful effects of pollutants by offering a sustainable solution for improved indoor air quality while making workplace environments quieter, healthier and of course prettier places to be. Read More »

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