Plants May Be Slowing Global Warming

Plants play a bigger role in your daily life than you might think. A recent study published by Nature Geosceience found that plants can help “mitigate the warming caused by greenhouse gases.” The study suggests that plants respond to fluctuations in the climate and release temperature-cooling aerosols. It was found that when temperatures rise, more of these biogenic aerosols are released into the atmosphere.

In rural areas rich with forestland, the researchers estimated that plants could be reducing global warming by 30%. Collecting data at 11 separate locations worldwide, the research team from IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) and the University of Helsinki surveyed the amount of plant-produced aerosols in the atmosphere in relation to the temperature. Read More »

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How Green Walls Work: Irrigation

Green walls are popping up everywhere inside and outside. People want plants and when horizontal space is limited but vertical space is abundant, green walls make a statement.

Many different green wall technologies exist and new ones are being developed every year. Regardless of what type of green wall system, most green walls have one of two types of irrigation systems: recirculating and direct irrigation.

Recirculating irrigation systems do just as the name implies: recirculates water. In a recirculating system, the source of water is an irrigation tank which is either remote-controlled or directly underneath the green wall. The irrigation tank is filled manually on a regular basis to provide an adequate supply of irrigation water. Water is pumped from the tank to the green wall. Water is distributed to the plants in the wall. Gravity pulls excess water downward. Excess drainage water collects at the bottom of the wall and is fed back to the tank. This water is then used over and over (recirculates). Read More »

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Video: Potted Plants For Patios

For more advice on decorating your home or office with plants, visit Janice Nath’s video page to view more instructional clips.

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Greenify Your Office On Earth Day With Plants

Happy Earth Day! The Earth Day Network announced on their website that over 1 billion green-hearted people in 192 countries will be participating in Earth Day activities in 2013. Since the first celebration 33 years ago, Earth Day has become “the largest civic observance in the world.” This year for example, Earth Day activities range from volunteers planting trees in Columbus, Ohio to dancing in an “Eco-style” flash mob in Seoul, South Korea.

Do you want to celebrate Earth Day in a simple way? Making your workspace a greener, healthier environment is as simple as placing a new office plant on your desk. Numerous studies have been conducted in offices that show the great benefits plants can offer occupants. Prism, a research and consultancy practice based at the University of Exeter, found evidence that people were happier, healthier and 17% more productive in a room enriched with greenery than they were in a lean space devoid of plant life. But how do plants actually make interiors healthier? Read More »

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4 Ways To Spring Your Space Into A New Look Without Breaking the Bank

I recently read a brief excerpt from a garden website that suggested in so many words it is absurd to change your decor and your fashion to follow the color and style trends.

Design trends are so much more than the color du jour. Design it is about being in tune with the season and your surroundings. Now it just doesn’t make sense when you think about spending more money to remove perfectly good beautiful and expensive design stock. However from a commercial and consumer point-of-view, in order to get your optimal ROI for your design, it’s vital to stay in tune with the season and your environment.

Let’s specifically talk spring with April upon us. Spring symbolizes new beginnings and rebirth, and provides us with the perfect opportunity to breathe new life into our surroundings – hence the term ‘spring cleaning.’ Read More »

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