Plant Parents team having fun at Selby Gardens

Plant Parents 2019 Summer Team Building

It takes a lot of care to maintain gorgeous plants in our clients’ over 300 offices, homes, shops, restaurants, civic centers, and nonprofits–not to mention to provide live plants for hundreds of events each year. Our hardworking team of horticultural technicians and operations crew are the ones who make it happen. This summer, we took a day to celebrate their amazing work and learn some new tips and tricks to help make a great group even better. 


Below, check out some pics from our day on the town visiting Selby Gardens! 


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Colorful Plants In Office

Three Unique Plantings We Love

Every space has its unique challenges–and often those challenges are part of their charm. It’s always a treat when we can find ways to use those unusual nooks and crannies as part of a plant program.  Below, check out three recent favorites!

From The Space Under The Stairs to The Space Everyone Wants to See

Colorful Plants In Office

An empty stretch under the stairs can be tricky to design around. Even if it’s not closed off, it can become a de-facto storage area, which isn’t always pretty. With a little creativity, this client was able to take full advantage of their space, filling in a small depression with black polished stone and topping it off with bowls brimming with tropical color, creating a memorable installation that draws visitors from inside the building and off the streets.


A Custom Orchid Wall For A Busy Cafe

indoor orchards

This cafe owner loved orchids–but with a busy business, there was only so much space to add more. We worked with them to develop a system for adding orchids to this wall installation for an eye-catching take on the green wall. It’s easy to customize this piece with fresh plants and accessories, making it a great conversation piece that always has something new to offer.


Succulents Spruce Up A Wooden Wall


Succulent Wall

This bar had a really interesting, geometric wood wall. The wall was striking empty, but adding small succulents to the built in pockets upped the ante. A mix of upright and trailing pieces creates a look that’s on trend and so very Instagram-able.


Have an odd spot in your home, office, or business you’d like to transform? Give us a call! We’d love to work with you!

Plants on Urban Balcony

Outdoor Privacy Plantings For Balconies

A great view is a great thing…. Except when that great view is in to your home. While a nice balcony is a must for many condo owners and city dwellers, it can be tough to enjoy your space when it feels too exposed. The right privacy plantings can help provide coverage and create a more personal, intimate feel on your balcony and in your home without obstructing the view you love. Here’s what to consider when looking at privacy planting options.

Plants on Urban Balcony

Height isn’t Always Right

Generally, a little elevation for your plantings is a good thing–but too much and you’ll risk losing any view at all. Hip-high or so planters do a good job of softening a view and creating a more private environment. Choose mid-height shrubs to add some additional height with more coverage.

If your concern is exposure from above (i.e. another apartment or condo across the street), a taller, wind-hardy selection may be in order. Avoid anything too top-heavy, and select a more more sizable container to allow your planting to achieve height.

Custom wooden planters with green hedge


Stability Is Crucial….

Many taller, rectangular planters have relatively narrow bases, which is bad news on outdoor balconies for two reasons. First, you need a container that can withstand the weather. Anything too narrow will tip, even with rock or other weighted material in the base. Second, narrow planters limit the type, height, and longevity of the plants you’ll be able to use.

Tropical Privacy Screen

….But Consider Mobility, Too

Some condos may require plants to be moved indoors during certain weather events, such as hurricanes or tropical storms. If this is the case, it’s good to make sure you have planters in a material like fiberglass that are going to be relatively easy to move.


Keep You Plants Simple

Privacy plantings are generally in the least protected parts of balconies, on the edges where they are exposed to sun, wind, and for many in our region, salt. It’s important to pick plants that can tolerate these conditions and thrive, especially because they will be so visible. For the most coverage, think bushy shrubs–a mono-culture can look very chic and modern. To add in color, consider smaller succulent bowls or sun-hardy flowering varieties in more protected areas of your balcony. Alternately, mix in colorful foliage plants with shrubbier varieties to get a pop of color while still having a solid barrier.


Interested in exploring privacy planting options for your balcony? A professional plantscaper can help you select the right varieties to achieve the protection and style you want, and will have the experience to know what holds up in your locale. In the Sarasota-Bradenton area? Give us a call for a free consult!

Space Savers: Three Office Plant Styles for Small Offices

Want to enjoy some of the creative, wellness, and productivity benefits of a live plant program, but worried your office just doesn’t have the space? Fear not! Today, there are plenty of tried and true solutions for workplaces with limited space for office plants. Below, three of our favorite ways to incorporate greenery into any office.


Cubicle Topper Window Boxes

Live plants in dining areaSo simple, but these can completely transform an office. There are several options for these kind of planters on the market, but our favorites come with adjustable clamps underneath to fit any divider and keep your plants firmly in place. Positioning these on top of dividers rather than hanging over one side means more visibility for your plants. It also creates an overall greener impression to anyone looking out into the space–great for when you’re showing potential new hires around. This style of planter works well for tops of cabinets, windowsills, and other narrower spaces where a single plant isn’t quite cutting it.

We like to pair these with a combo of trailing and upright plants to get a more balanced look that maximizes visibility. For more color, it’s easy to add in guzmanias.


Cubicle Plants Office plants


Tall Squares or Cylinders With Sleek Foliage

Plant In Office CornerTall square planters are perfect for offices with just a tiny corner left for plantings, or even as a finishing touch for hallways. We use these to elevate plants so that they’re visible over desktops. Tall planters also create the impression of more executive-looking height.


In smaller offices, we like to pair these with taller, skinnier canes for that tree-like height, or with ZZ plants for a modern, minimalist look with a sculptural quality.

Office Plant in Tall Square




Mini Desktop Planters With Colorful Toppers

There are a huge variety of tabletop planter options. Our favorite for seriously tight spaces are tall squares or vases paired with mini plants. Upright plants create an opportunity to get creative with toppers. Use sea glass, sand, and pebbles create a unique and personalized look that compliments the plant and brings out its character.


We love using polished river rock for a more natural look, or glass marbles in complementary hues for a fun pop of color to match distinct interior decor or corporate colors.


Ready to Go Green In Your Office? Here’s What Else to Keep In Mind

The key to a successful office plant program is find a combination of plants and planters that enhance your environment without creating clutter or interrupting the flow of traffic. What works for one space may not for another. Interested in a plan for your office? Contact a professional interiorscaper to schedule a free consult. They can recommend appropriate plants, planters and other fixtures to create a custom plant program for your office, as well as displays for client-facing, high visibility areas like your reception and entry areas.

indoor planters

Three Ways Plants Improve Workplaces

Plants at work may be pretty, but that’s not the only reason so many successful companies give their workplaces a green makeover. Live plant programs are a smart investment for offices, an investment which yields surprising–and substantial–returns. Here’s how:


indoor planters



Boost Productivity

Numerous studies have found that productivity spikes in offices with plants and other natural elements of biophilic design. Among the mostoft-cited of these is a 2014 report out of the University of Exeter, in which plants were introduced to previously “lean” offices–those devoid of any biophilic elements. That study described an astounding 15% increase in productivity among employees in the newly “green” office environments.

A larger international study conducted by Human Spaces in 2015 found employees in plant-friendly offices overall to be at least 6% more productive than their colleagues in more barren workplaces. Additional research supports productivity boosts in this range in a wide range of businesses, from large-scale corporations to smaller local startups. Dr. Chris Knight, one of the psychologists behind the University of Exeter study, explained why he believes greenery is so impactful in the the workplace to The Guardian:

“What was important was that everybody could see a plant from their desk. If you are working in an environment where there’s  something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better.”

Moss wall, green wall, living wall


Inspire Creativity

Nature sparks creativity. On a large scale, employees in relatively green offices report improved creativity, but even the simple act of looking at a single desk plant was shown to improve creativity in a University of Munich and Rochester study.

Plant In Office Corner

Improve Health and Wellness

Plants seem to offer both psychological and physiological benefits, which in turn translate to fewer sick days. On the physiological side,plants indoors help freshen and even filter the air, as documented extensively by NASA in a 2007 study. Studies have shown that rooms with houseplants can have as much as 60% less airborne bacteria and mold.

Plants may also reduce stress, which can lead to or exacerbate a number of health problems. A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that interacting with indoor plants–and even just potting soil!– reduced psychological and physiological stress in study participants.


Ready to go green at your office? We’d love to help! Call or email Plant Parents for a free design consultation to bring live plants to your workplace.


Thanks from a Sarasota Bride

Written thank you from appreciative  Bride!

Plant Parents Plant Rental Spring 2013

Plant Parents gives talk to Association of Legal Administrators

Plant Parents supported the  local chapter of Legal Administrators with a fun talk on “Biophilia and what it means to me?”



A Recent Wedding Rental Testimonial

Good morning David,

I just wanted to thank you again and say that it is always a pleasure working with you! I thought last Saturday the  xxxxxxx wedding went beautifully! (The trees were gorgeous as usual.) Thank you again for all of your help!


Wedding Designer Kate Johnston, Sarasota Wedding Gallery  11/7/2011

Fall 2011 PLANT SALE Dates ….Mark your calendars !

Fall Plant Sale Dates Announced

Our dates for the FALL PLANT SALE have been posted…mark your calendars!

Friday November 4th and Saturday November  5th

Happy adopters at the last PLANT SALE

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Plant Parents Supports 4-H Plant Sale

Plant Parents Supports 4-H Plant Sale

Plant Parents supported the next generation of horticulturalists at the Sarasota County Fair in April.  We had the opportunity to purchase many fine plants from the kids in our local 4-H programs….

Spring 2011 Plant Sale Dates Announced

Spring Plant Sale Dates Announced

Our dates for the spring PLANT SALE have been posted…mark your calendars Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th.

Plant sale fall 2010 red truck
Plant Sale shopper is thrilled to get her truck load of bargain “plant” goodies home.

5 points motor court

Plaza at 5 Points New Baskets in Motor Court

Plaza at 5 Points Baskets

Plaza at 5 Points Baskets

tommy bahama’s

Tommy Bahama’s:  New Patio Seating Planters

Tommy Bahamas Plantings

Tommy Bahamas Plantings


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Plant Parents joins Facebook

Plant Parents Joins Facebook

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Plant Sale Spring 2009

Plant Sale: Happy Folks Spring 2009
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Happy customer, cart filled, enjoying the shade!

Happy Plant Sale Customer!

Happy Plant Sale Customer!

Plymouth Harbor Lobby

New plantings in the lobby of Plymouth Harbor, Spring 2009.

Lisa Cane with Guzmania underplants

Lisa Cane with Guzmania underplants

ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant