Archive for July, 2010

By Virginia A. Smith, The Philadelphia Inquirer

We spend what, eight, ten hours a day in our grim-gray cubicles at work?  They’re all alike, with their faded fabric dividers affording no privacy and dirt-brown carpets darkened with hints of soup and soda.  But here’s a practical road to workplace relief: the cubby garden.

“You look around and see a garden flowering.  It lifts your spirits,” said Marilyn E. Reynolds, an office-plant buff whose cubby at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is filled with green.  She knows, from experience, that office landscaping – “interiorscaping” in industry parlance – can be liberating for the soul and, as a growing body of research suggests, healthier for mind and body.  This leads to something else, sure to warm the boss’s heart:  cubby gardening may even boost productivity and lower absenteeism. Read More→

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Article from Science Daily

According to the 2000 census, American office workers spend an average of 52 hours a week at their desks or workstations.  Many recent studies on job satisfaction have shown that workers who spend longer hours in office environments, often under artificial light in windowless offices, report reduced job satisfaction and increased stress levels.  How can employers make office environments more conducive to productivity and employee happiness?  Try adding some “green” to your office.  Not greenbacks–green plants!  A research study published in the February 2008 issue of Hort Science offers employers and corporations some valuable advice for upping levels of employee satisfaction by introducing simple and inexpensive environmental changes. Read More→

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Article from Green Plants for Green Buildings

Plants add life to an office space.  Whether they are in a home office or a cubicle, having plants in the office relaxes people and may even make them more productive.  During photosynthesis, plants also add oxygen to the air.

Office plants are also important in the maintenance of healthy indoor air.  People who work in enclosed office environments are exposed to any number of chemicals, leading to health problems like “sick building syndrome”.  Sources of chemicals include gases from carpets, cleaning chemicals, printer and copier chemicals, volatile organic compounds from paint, and even simple office dust.  While these chemicals rarely present a risk for immediate toxic health effects, they can cause chronic health impacts over time. To reduce these influence you should call The Rug Cleaning Company in Perth, who will help with reducing amount of dust.

In 1998, researchers Fjeld, Veiersted, Sandvik and Riise were working at the National Institute of Occupational Health in Oslo.  They conducted research into the health impacts of office plants and discovered that the presence of indoor plants reduced coughs, fatigue, and dry skin symptoms by up to 37 per cent.  Their research was published in the journal Indoor Built Environments.  In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the problem of poor indoor air quality and has launched a Green Indoor Environments program to promote indoor environmental quality.
Many office plants that are good at purifying the air originated in tropical climates.  These plants live under the thick canopy in the tropical rainforest, and they are very good at processing the gases they need to survive.  This makes them good candidates for cleaning indoor air.
Dr Bill Wolverton, a former NASA scientist who conducted 25 years of research on indoor plants and their ability to purify air in enclosed environments, wrote the book How to Grow Fresh Air (Penguin, 1997) which describes 50 plants that clean office air.  These plants include:
  • Corn plant (Dracaena Massangeana)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  • Sword or Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
  • Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
Three chemicals of particular concern in office environments are formaldehyde, benzene, and TCE.  Formaldehyde is often found in particle board products used in office furniture.  It is also found in cleaning agents.  Philodendron, spider plant, weeping fig, and golden pothos are good at removing formaldehyde from the air.  Benzene is found in glue, paint, and plastics.  Plants that remove benzene include gerbera daisy, golden pothos, English Ivy, Peace Lily, Gerbera Daisy, Madagascar Dragon Tree.Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a product used in printing ink, paint, and dry cleaning. Peace lilies, Golden Pothos, Gebera Daisy, and English Ivy remove TCE.

While indoor plants may not solve all of the problems of indoor environmental quality, office plants can make a significant difference to human health and happiness in a work environment.  Indoor plants not only beautify an office, but they also add oxygen and clean the air, giving the green office a whole new meaning.

For more  information on plants and containers that will compliment your office space, or to inquire about  a free consultation for plants and planters  in your facility just email us at

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by: Errol Livingston of Breathing Spaces

I think we have all been to offices and buildings where the atmosphere is very sterile and it does not seem very inviting.  This type of office has been structured for efficiency and built so the staff concentrate on their jobs and get things done.  But this is not actually the most efficient way to get to that result.

Making the office a bit more ‘green’ with the use of office plants and good looking pots and planters can improve both the ‘working atmosphere’ and the actual ‘air atmosphere’ too.  Let’s face it everyone wants to be happy in their work and most of us would concur that when we are happy and contented we are more able to put in 100% and get through all of our work in a speedy and efficient manner.  When we are unhappy our minds tend to wander onto what other nice things we could be doing.  It is only natural for those that like their surroundings to look forward to going to work and appreciate their time there and consequently work harder. Read More→

The peace lily is one the most popular office and houseplants you’ll come across.  Maybe it’s because it has beautiful dark-green, glossy foliage and oval shaped leaves.  Or perhaps the attractive white blossoms are its main attraction.  Whatever your interest in this plant may be, lets take a look at a few tips to help you grow this wonderful plant.

The peace lily is native to Central and South America rain forests, capable of adapting to low light conditions.  Environmental pollutants including benzene and formaldehyde can be cleaned from the air with the addition of this plant.  Its central spike, reaches a length of thirty centimeters, is white, yellow or green in color.

It does have a preference for bright light, but it can tolerate dim light, and will thrive under artificial light  This adaptability makes it a great house, office or workplace plant.  Optimal growth is reach when placed five to eight feet from a window.  When the leaves begin to wither, that is an indicator of excessive direct sun. Read More→

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You are already well aware of the benefits of plants for enhancing your corporate image, improving indoor air quality, and improving the productivity and well being of workers in your company. Did you know, however, that the selection of planters and pots for your installation is equally important? Just as one complements a well tailored suit with a smart tie or an evening dress with fine jewelry to complete a look, companies are learning the benefits of selecting stylish containers for their office plants to enhance their image. The right planters and pots look just as striking empty as they do potted, and are sure to turn heads. Planters are part of an entire design package, that together with the plants they contain, achieve cohesive and luxurious interiors.

Stylish planters are an investment in your company. They enhance the design of your interior space and even enhance the look and health of the plants they hold. Growing Expectations offers a wide variety of containers which complement any interior space and corporate image. We offer both modern and traditional planters in a variety of colors and materials.  We can also work with your company to update your planters to better suit a new corporate branding or to modernize your interior. Whether you are looking for pots and planters for a new installation or to update an old one, our interior plantscaping experts will work together with you to help identify your unique needs and to help you select planters and containers that suit your interior space and company style. Read More→

by Robert William

The art of designing, arranging, caring for and maintaining the natural beauty of live plants in indoor areas is known as plantscaping and interiorscaping. Plantscaping provides living art that accentuates interior spaces and adds to their unique identity and corporate image. No matter what size your company or office is, interior landscaping adds a real monetary value to your property and business. You can hire professional landscapers from Allscapes WA to help design the best landscape for your home or business. This makes your area a better place to work and enjoy nature as it grows around you.

Apart from growing beautiful plants, interior landscaping also works to accentuate architectural details in your interior space and can mask undesirable features. Angles and horizons that are softened, accentuated, or altered by the addition of plants and planters. The secret of a great looking landscaping is consistent care. The interiorscaping must consider proper spacing, containers, color, sculptural elements, focal points, and environment. Read More→

The presence of plants in both the indoors of home and offices provides a great difference when we speak of ambiance and comfort.  We cannot deny that green is good!  And even when working all day in front of computer or with mounts of papers when we are surrounded by plants it is less stressful.  Several studies shown that plants can greatly decrease stress and promotes productivity and relaxation.

Haven’t you ever wondered how good the feeling is when you are surrounded by trees and plants?  So it is when indoor plants fill your office with a green relaxing atmosphere.  With the recognized benefits of indoor plants, it is important that plants are in the place where they should be. Getting a company that is capable of bringing the benefits of indoor office plants to the utmost is an important task to do.

Knowing what you want is the first significant step that can bring you closer to your goal.  When you come up with your decision to have an interior plantscaping company, one thing that you should do is to find the one that best suits your needs and preferences. Read More→

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