Archive for December, 2011

By Randolph Craig

Interior plants and modern architectural designs go hand-in-hand. The people who do the internal decoration of buildings understand that all rooms are improved when healthy, natural vegetation, is present, whether flowers or leaves. The atmosphere in these areas becomes alive, rather than sterile and unwelcoming.

They may be placed in pots that are positioned to break a hard, uncompromising line in the architecture. Their presence adds warmth, creating an ambiance that is synchronized with the nature around them. They grow and change, making people get a sense of life from their surrounds and even become more aware of their natural environment. Read More→

Studies were conducted in a computer lab and a small office at Washington State University to test the effects of plants on humidity and dust..  Interior plants were placed around the sides of the room for a one-week period. Relative humidity and particulate matter were monitored.

Particulate matter was measured around the rooms on various surfaces away from the plants.  Dust was significantly lower throughout both rooms when plants were present than when they were absent.  Dust was reduced by as much as 20% with plants.  This study confirmed that the use of plants to remove particulate matter, which has often been used outdoors to control deposition, also is effective on the scale present in interiors.  Read More→


Professor Margaret Burchett, University of Technology Sydney Australia talks about the latest research on plants removing VOCs from office environments; Robin Mellon, Green Star Executive Director, Green Building Council Australia talks about the indoor environment and how plants can improve the air quality; Ray Borg, Ambius talks about the benefits of plants in the workplace.


How to use some humidity tips for house plants; get professional tips and advice from an expert on caring for indoor plants and flowers in this free gardening video. Expert: Austin Sheppard Bio: Austin Shepard is studying Landscape Architecture at the BAC in Boston, MA. He developed an interest in landscaping and gardening while working for a landscaping company. Filmmaker: David Jackel

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With all the designs, colors and materials out there, it can be hard to settle on a certain theme for a Christmas dinner. Some families opt for a rustic look, while others prefer their table gilded in reds and golds. If you’re at a loss for what to do to incorporate your favorite aspects of Christmas decor into your holiday table, it may be best to stick with a white and silver scheme – this way, you can add touches of color and sparkle without going overboard. Read More→

By Dr. Leonard Perry
Extension Greenhouse and Nursery Crops Specialist
University of Vermont

Are you a trivia buff? If so, perhaps you’d be interested in knowing a little bit more about the poinsettia plant you buy every Christmas.

For example, did you know that the poinsettia’s main attraction is not its flowers, but its leaves? The flowers of the plant are the yellow clustered buds in the center. The colored leafy parts are actually bracts or modified leaves. Read More→

By Hazel Jennings

You might buy the newest trend in dresses or jewelry for mingling at holiday parties every winter, but local florists are keeping it classic with traditional flowers for their customers.

Lisa Keith of Bloomers Floral Studio is sticking with the demand for traditional holiday design concepts this season.  Read More→

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