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Interiorscaping with Potted Plants

three issues to consider before interiorscaping

Adding a few potted plants to an interior space is one thing. But interiorscaping, which involves using indoor plants including silk plants, succulents, foliage, and other greenery to design an inside space, is a whole different process.

Before you can create the perfect interiorscape, it’s important to take these three issues into consideration:

  1. Your GoalsAs you would with any home or office improvement project, it’s important to define your goals right from the start. Like landscaping the outdoors, your interiorscape options are limited only by your imagination. So think about what you want. Do you want to beautify a space? Do you want to purify indoor air or add moisture? Do you want potted plants to act as a sound barrier? Or something else?
  2. Your LocationIndoor plants, foliage and other greenery need water care to survive. But something else they need is the right location. If a potted plant’s care instructions specify filtered sunshine sunlight, you can’t put that particular plant in a windowless corner and expect it to thrive – or survive. Of course, this isn’t a problem when choosing silk plants. But when interiorscaping with live plants, location definitely matters.
  3. Your BudgetAs you shop for plants you’ll find a vast difference in price among different plant species. To keep from busting your budget, make sure the plantscape you design includes plants you can afford. Also be sure to factor in the cost of containers for any indoor plants that need re-potting. If all of this sounds too confusing, don’t give up on your interiorscape dreams. Instead, find someone who specializes in plantscape design. With the right assistance, you’ll end up with an attractive interiorscape that achieves your goals, requires minimal upkeep, and doesn’t bust your budget!

Interiorscape Your Office

the benefits of using potted plants

Beautifying an interior space by adding plants is the number one reason people choose to interiorscape. But did you know that interiorscaping with office potted plants offers other benefits besides an improved appearance?

It’s true!

Using potted plants in the home or office is an efficient and low-cost way to improve indoor air quality. Plants filter air and remove airborne pollutants emitted by carpeting, furniture, even cigarette smoke. Besides these filtering capabilities, interior plants generate and release clean air into the indoor environment. Breathing fresher, cleaner air helps reduce headaches and nausea.

Office potted plants can also help reduce stress, which in turn can help increase productivity in and around the office by boosting mood and idea generation. With people working longer hours and continually worried about job security, this benefit alone makes interiorscaping something every employer should consider. Indoor plants can even help decrease noise levels; another factor that can increase worker output.

When potted plants are used to beautify an interior space, you have much more flexibility in design. In other words, you won’t be locked into one particular look. By moving a few potted plants around you can instantly update any interior space.

Got a brown thumb?

There’s no need to be concerned your “brown thumb” will ruin your plantscape investment, either. If this is an issue, simply contract with a reputable plant service and let someone with a greener thumb care for your office plants.

If you’re unsure whether you can afford to interiorscape, plant rental and plant leasing services are two options that are definitely worth considering. That way you’ll get to enjoy all of these benefits of interiorscaping – plus plenty of others – without worrying about busting your budget.

Why Do They Call it “Green”?

green is indicative of holistic awareness

By Joe Zazzera, GRP, LEED AP ID+C | April 6, 2011 | topics: Green Movement, Holistic Awareness, Interiorscape

Have you ever wondered why this “movement” we are in is called “Green”? Every logo, icon, report, newsletter and label is affixed with some sort of plant leaf, tree or seed with a green colored background or lettering. They didn’t call it the “blue” movement, although perhaps they could have but could you imagine;  “I’m gonna turn my house blue this year” or “I’m going blue”.  It just wouldn’t fit.

According to a Gallup poll 2/3 of Americans cite gardening as their favorite hobby. It is no surprise. When you want to become calm and tranquil where do you go? To a park (where it is green), camping in the outdoors (where it is spacious and green) or to a spa filled with indoor plants to calm you and help you breathe and relax. Is it any wonder that major corporations put living plants in their offices and building atrium’s? They learned a long time ago that plants reduce stress, and an employee who is relaxed is more productive and absent less. The employers return on investment far exceeds the cost of plants and the maintenance.

Today’s Green Movement is indicative of holistic awareness. As a culture we are increasingly aware that everything we do affects something else. We understand that small changes, when multiplied by many people,  can make a big difference in the environment and in the health and lives of people. The Interiorscape industry has always taken a holistic approach, we “get it” and we live it.

It is appropriate that we call it green,  because without the benefits of (green) plants we die!

2010 Greenbuild Conference and Expo

plants for clean air message is spreading around the world

By Plant Solutions |  December 27, 2010  |  topics: Green Plants For Green Buildings, GreenBuild Conference

Again this year Green Plants For Green Buildings had the opportunity to spread its message at the GreenBuild Conference and expo in Chicago. GPGB along with FNGLA (Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association) and NFF (National Foliage Foundation) shared a booth in the expo gallery at McCormick Place.

The conference and expo, as always, was well attended. USGBC reports 28,000 attendees from 114 different countries along with some 1800 booths. “Clearly our plants for clean air message is being heard around the world” said conference attendee and GPGB representative Joe Zazzera. “We continue to solidify our place in the green building industry. There is no doubt, plants belong in healthy, green buildings”

During the GreenBuild conference, Zazzera, along with Viridian representatives April Ambrose and Matt Bell had a scheduled informal meeting with USGBC manager of LEED technical development Batya Metalitz. The group discussed the current proposed GPGB LEED pilot credit and the process under which it will now flow through the USGBC.

With new process changes being made to LEED, the actual submittal may not be reviewed until the second part of 2011. The new piloting process is not yet fully formed or complete by the USGBC. This has led to some minor delays in its formal review. “Although this delays our process slightly, the weighting factors for credits will be more defined and known”. Said Zazzera. “This should give us a clearer definition of how many points may be possible for indoor plants, atria and living walls”.

If accepted by the USGBC, the LEED pilot credit will award points under the LEED category IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality). There is a substantial body of research and evidence that proves that living indoor plants provide better air quality, lower absenteeism, higher employee productivity as well as significant improvement to the quality of the indoor environment. The Interiorscape Industry Coalition (ICC) funded the LEED pilot credit program, for development early last year.

In the interim, Batya and the USGBC have recommended that as a group, we continue to look for projects that will or have received credits through LEED in the ID (Innovation In Design) Category. Projects such as The WESST building in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Ecology and Environment (E & E) Headquarters in Lancaster, New York will help build the case for the credit.

“It has been a seemingly slow process”, said Zazzera “but I believe we have a solid, quality credit that, even if it doesn’t make it into LEED, will give us the template we need to guide our clients.

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