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Growing Expectations is a member of many organizations that work to promote green principles in business. The following article was written by a fellow interior plantscaper, John.E.Williams, who shares our commitment to make all buildings green.

Everybody knows that living plants enhance indoor spaces, adding a touch of natural beauty and color to our daily lives. We forget that they also give off oxygen and, according to NASA research, actually remove harmful indoor pollutants from the air we breath. No wonder leading architects and building managers have incorporated green and blooming plants into their buildings for years.

Today’s builders and property managers are more concerned than ever about improving air quality, but they also need to reduce energy costs and minimize the environmental footprints of their buildings. They want to decrease their reliance on fossil fuels and other natural resources, while making their buildings as healthy, energy efficient, and earth-friendly as possible. One tool developed to work toward these objectives is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, guiding us toward buildings with little or no net energy use and environmental impact. Read More→

by Dennis Holley

We always hear about plants, both indoor and outdoor, being poisonous. I have addressed this topic in a previous blog a while ago. I recently found this article by Dennis Holley which I feel is more informative as it addresses different kinds of “poisonous”, taking into account allergies. Add this to your list of articles on poisonous plants. We can never have too much information on such an important topic.
There are nearly 70,000 reported plant poisonings a year in this country on average.

Plants with poisonous parts can be found in homes, flower gardens and vegetable gardens. In fact, more than 700 species of plants located in the United States and Canada have caused severe illness or death in humans.

While not highly toxic except for some food allergies, other plants can cause a host of irritating problems such as respiratory allergies, contact dermatitis, and food allergies which can make life miserable. Read More→

Just about everyone knows that plants are great for producing oxygen and contributing to a zen feeling in any environment. But did you know that they can clinically reduce stress, fight colds, remove contaminants, and even stop headaches? Read on to find out about the great health benefits associated with house plants. 

  1. Plants can help fight colds: Indoor plants have been shown to reduce cold-related illnesses by more than 30%. This is due to their effect of increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.
  2. Plants can remove airborne contaminants: We breathe the same air again and again, potentially inhaling harmful substances that are trapped inside. Indoor plants can help to remove pollutants including VOCs that cause headaches, nausea, and more.
  3. Plants can stop your headaches: Filling your home with plants can decrease or eliminate headaches. With plants, you’re much less likely to be breathing the kind of stuffy, stale air that contributes to headaches.
  4. Plants can make you happy: House plants can contribute to a feeling of well-being, making you calmer and more optimistic. Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall. Read More→
I found this wonderful article on gardening for kids by Melissa and it was on a Canadian gardening site called The Garden Post.

IMG_6780 I have grown to love gardening . Not only is it relaxing and rewarding, but it is also a great learning tool for children. My boys have grown to love our garden as much (or even more) than I do. I think it is a good lesson for them to learn to care and take responsibility of maintaining a garden. It also helps them understand where their food comes from, and can help them try new foods (and have fun in the kitchen!)

My boys take care of the plants, lift big rocks from the garden using wheelbarrows and ensure that the plants are not being harmed in any way. The tools in the shed are of high quality, thus lifting heavy things is not hard for them. You could check out the following to know how to lift big rocks from your garden and see where I bought all my tool supplies. I feel happy I possess these tools as I am pleased to watch my boys use them and work hard like responsible adults.

However, I know that all plants are not created equal and therefore are harder than others. So, here is a list of 3 types of plants that should be easy to grow for kids (and beginners): Read More→

By Will Creed

Plant symptoms, such as wilting, yellow leaves, and brown leaf tips, are indications that something is wrong with your plant. However, these symptoms are not very good at revealing just what the cause of the problem is. When you see these symptoms, it tells you something is wrong, but you will have to be a bit of a detective to find the cause and the cure. Listed below are some guidelines that are listed in order of probability. Start at the top and work your way down the list.

First: Check the pot size. Have you recently moved your plant into a larger pot or added new soil? If so, this is the most likely cause of your plant’s problems. Unnecessary repotting and over potting are the most common cause of plant problems. Read More→

A great houseplant can really make the difference in an otherwise boring or drab room. Houseplants are perhaps not quite as bold as their outdoor counterparts, but they often poses a subtle beauty that can provide aesthetic pleasure for a long time. If you are a plant nut and love to have some green space wherever you go, consider purchasing a houseplant and experimenting with it. If your home has very little natural light, like mine, you might also want a low light house plant. It might sound like a contradiction to speak of any plant, houseplants included, as low light, but there are many different species that thrive in low light conditions. That dark corner or cranny of your house that always seems uninviting could contain something beautiful and productive. Before you invest in a low light house plant consider some basic facts about them: Read More→

I have tried to cover many different articles in my blog to satisfy my diverse readers.  One topic I have neglected is hydroponics. Some interior plantscapers use plants grown in water for their interiorscapes. Valerie Garner is a writer and photographer with a passion to assist families to lower stress levels and raise the joy of life. Here is her instructions on how to grow hydroponics in your house.

Hydroponics refers to the art of raising plant life in water, and more recently the definition of the word has been widened, to include the art of growing plants devoid of soil. Hydroponic methods are widely-used around the globe and are a very popular alternative in areas of the world where rich land is absent, or rare. Read More→


Tips on Urban Gardening

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This is the best article on urban gardening that I have seen on urban gardening.  It was written by Marie Iannotti, an guide.

Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean you don’t love and long for plants. Not everyone can have a full blown garden, but with some creativity, you can bring the garden to the city. Whatever size space you are working with, the following urban gardening ideas can put your green thumb to work.

Blooming City Window BoxPhoto: ©Marie Iannotti
1. Are you ready for an urban garden?

There’s nothing unusual about urban gardening – gardeners will find a spot to plant some seeds just about anywhere and city dwellers are some of the most creative. However there are some considerations that urban gardeners have to take into account, like hauling water and radient heat from so much concrete. Here’s a look at questions, concerns and challenges facing the urban gardener. Read More→

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