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Jun
30

Bonsai Tree For The Office

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Bonsai trees are an excellent choice for an unusual office plant.   There are a lot of places that you will want to place your tree, however, you will want to think about the decor of your office. The office is a nice place to have a bonsai because you don’t have to have many plants with the it.  In fact, the bonsai tree is so special that you could have just the one plant in your office and things would be relaxing and calming.  You will find that when you bring the bonsai tree into your office you will be able to enlighten the whole business with a new radiant light.  You will want to keep in mind that the way that you display your tree in your office means the most. You may want to place the miniature tree in a decorative pot or you may end up placing it in a interior garden.  You have a lot of options when it comes to the bonsai tree, but it always depends on the size of garden you could have and you will also find that there this a limited amount of space that you are working with. Read More→

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The hospitality industry is a highly competitive market in which first impressions count.  In order for a hotel to be successful the look and feel of the accommodation must be just right, especially if you are looking for return trade.  The appearance and design of a hotel are fundamental for guests and even more so for guests who are paying for luxury accommodation.

With a great deal of emphasis now being placed on interior design, hotel owners are finding new ways to improve the aesthetics of their hotels.  One visual component that is increasing in popularity is the addition of live plants and other interior landscaping features.

Luxury hotels should be stylish, decadent and relaxing, all attributes which can be found in hotels that have indoor plants and trees.

Live plants in the reception area that are correctly positioned not only help to create a central focal point in a hotel lobby but are also often seen as synonymous with luxury.  Impressive interior plant design not only adds ambiance to a room but also help guests to feel more at home and relaxed, a quality that is a must in any successful hotel. Read More→

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Jun
12

Office Plants are for Life!

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Many businesses in the US and abroad are now realizing the potential benefits that office plants can bring and because of this, thousands of companies are investing in office plants as a means of improving productivity among employees, reduce absences caused by poor indoor climates, and to help improve the general mood of employees while at work.

Inspired by a series of now famous academic studies that highlight how effective office plants can be in an office environment, facilities managers and business owners are transforming dull office areas into wonderful green spaces with a mixture of large and small office plants complete with stylish and colorful containers.

Unfortunately, many of these same businesses are failing to realize that live office plants require a certain amount of maintenance and care in order to flourish.  Spending a great deal of money on a selection of office plants is hardly going to be worth the investment if they all die or wither within the first few days.  There is, however, a much easier and some might say wiser solution to this problem by using office plants from a professional interior landscaping company.

Live office plants like any other living thing require a certain amount of TLC in order to grow and thrive in the harsh indoor environments frequently found in modern office and business spaces.  Dimly lit corridors, windowless rooms and air tight buildings are quite difficult conditions but there are plant species out there that can tolerate these climates and any reputable office plant specialist will be able to assist you with your plant options. Read More→

Running a business can often be demanding and providing the right ambiance for your staff can play a crucial part to your eventual success. It is a given that maintaining a high morale among employees is one way to boost chances for success.  Recent studies have shown that the use of office plants has proven benefits when it comes to improving morale and productivity within the workforce.  Indoor plants provide aesthetic value while improving air quality and reducing stress thereby maximizing business profits.

Using indoor plants brings additional benefits.  An indoor plant specialist will be able to give sound advice regarding the types of plants that would best complement the environment in the workplace.  There are basically three types of indoor plant – low light, moderate light and high light plants. As the names suggest the type of plant is highly dependent on the office’s lighting.  For instance, those belonging to the low light plant category are excellent for dark areas and for corners of small offices or meeting rooms.

Among the plants that belong to the low light category are the Cordatum, Devil’s Ivy, Peace Lilly, Philodendron Panda, Snake Plant, Umbrella Tree, and the ZZ Plant.  In case of moderate lightning, the indoor plants that can be used include the Bamboo Palm, Gold Dust Dracaena, Happy Plant, Kentia Palm, Philo Xanadu, or the Lady Palm.  Finally, for high light environments, the plants that are normally used include the Century plant, Golden Cane Palm, Ponytail Palm, Ficus Sabre, and the Yucca. Read More→

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Jun
06

Larger Indoor Plants

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By Carl Potter

When looking for finishing touches for a room or an office a large plant with plenty of height can add a distinctive look that softens an area and adds something tangible for people to appreciate.  Tall plants sit nicely in a corner or even next to items of furniture where they do not impact on floor space too much.  When the area in question is larger, say an office, indoor trees and larger indoor plants can be useful to add light and appeal to a room design.

When you buy large plants, they are normally supplied in 10-14 inch pots which can then be placed in larger planters or decorative containers to fit in with the style and decor of a room or office. You must however remember to add a drip tray to allow for drainage, though you must be able to get to the drip tray easily to allow for maintenance and removal of excess water. To cover the gap between the nursery pot and the planter you can use foam or moss or something akin to those. Read More→

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Do you often feel tired and unmotivated at work?  Have you ever found yourself getting agitated with a colleague on the next desk?  Well if you answered yes to these questions then you are definitely not alone.  According to the BBC Health Website, stress caused by work is the second biggest occupational health problem in the UK.

You will probably be surprised to hear that in the UK alone, 75% of all sick days are due to stress and back pain, and that £13.4 billion pounds was lost by UK businesses in 2005 according to the Confederation of British Industry, Health and Safety Executive.

While this paints a gloomy picture of UK employment, it is not to say that most of us don’t enjoy our jobs or get a great deal of pleasure from what we do for a living.  In fact, in most cases it is the exact opposite.  For many people, it is not their position or duties that get them down but the surroundings, decor, and environment of the office buildings in which they are working.

When it comes to reducing stress levels for either yourself or colleagues, there have been many studies and academic research papers that demonstrate a series of ways to improve your mood while at work.  Since productivity is linked to motivation and emotional well being, keeping employees and yourself in the best possible mood at work is a vital part of being successful in your role and duties. Read More→

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