Fairy Garden Plant Ideas

Succulents plants on a shoeFairy gardens are miniature, outdoor, whimsical gardens containing small plants and accessories that one could imagine fairies frequenting.

Especially popular with small children, fairy gardens are great projects for both experienced gardeners or for those who are beginners.

These miniature gardens are also a great way to introduce kids to nature and caring for plants. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a fairy garden, but we do have recommendations on which plants would work best.

We asked Senior Horticulturist, Matt Kostelnick, which plants he would recommend for gardeners to use in their fairy garden. We categorized his recommendations based on which season and climate each plant grows best in. Read More »

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Getting to Know the ZZ Plant

zamioculcas-zamiifoliaWhen you are looking for an office plant, there are usually a few things that are important to choosing the right one. First, there is the appearance of the plant, which must be attractive and fit in with the decor of the office.

Second, it must be easy to take care of because a busy office is a tough place in which to focus on plant care. Third, it should beneficial to the overall health of the place, using a plant’s air purifying abilities and other healthy attributes. Finally, it should not require much in the way of light or water so that it can be long lasting indoors.

All of those requests explain why, in recent years, one of the most popular indoor plant has become the Zamioculcas, which is more commonly known as the ZZ plant. A plant that, before 1996, was probably not known to anyone outside of the continent of Africa, but has now become one of the most popular indoor and office plants around.

Here are the details about the ZZ plant, and why they have become so popular for interior landscaping projects. Read More »

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National Plants at Work Week: Biophilic Design in the Modern World

Employee working at desk in the morning sunlightThe average American now spends 90 percent of their time in indoor environments and a generous portion of that time is spent in their office building or workplace. This staggering figure suggests that it’s more important than ever for employees to have access to plants and biophilic design in their everyday lives.

It’s for this very reason that events such as National Plants at Work Week, which will occur from July 11-15, are so important in our modern industrial society.  The annual event raises awareness about the effects of plants and biophilic design in the workplace while emphasizing their benefits such as reduced stress, increased productivity, enhanced creativity, and improved employee well-being. Read More »

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WELL Building – The Next BIG Thing in Business

Businessman sitting in an office looking out of a window

WELL is making businesses healthier and greener for employees everywhere.

Our world is getting greener by the day. As a global community we are trying vigorously to recycle more, waste less, and become more efficient in everything that we do. Now, with the green building trend towards sustainability firmly in place, the WELL Building Standard is helping to spearhead the next big wave of change – making buildings healthier and greener for those of us who inhabit them.

That’s right, the days of walking into uninspiring, lean-style working environments that carelessly hemorrhage energy and neglect facility performance with a blind eye are going by the wayside. Thanks to the growing popularity of WELL and the rising trend towards human health optimization, the architects and designers of today are making sure that your well-being and overall satisfaction are being mindfully considered. Read More »

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The Botanist’s Guide to Summer Cocktails

Mojito alcoholic drinkBackyard cookouts are a great thing if you’re a gardener or know someone who is. They serve as an occasion to show off all of the hard work that goes into cultivating the delicious plants in the spring. By the time summer rolls around, the herbs and vegetables are ripening and bursting with flavor and ready kick your burger, salad, or even your mixed drinks up a notch.

Maximize your garden’s yield and the good times at your next summer outing by preparing these amazing summer drinks for your friends and family. These amazing fruit and vegetable-infused cocktails will not only help to beat the summer heat, but they pair great with all the food coming hot off of the grill. Read More »

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