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Three Fun Spring Installations We Love

Spring is always an exciting time to be in the plant business. Longer, wetter days mean lots of gorgeous greenery, and something about the changing of the seasons always seems to inspire creativity. Below, three recent projects we’ve been loving:

 

Resort Lobby Plantings Featuring Ceramics, Bamboo, and Succulent Gardens

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This beach-side hotel lobby called for a set of plantings as vibrant and fun as the space itself–and we were thrilled to help! One of the fun challenged here was finding a set of plantings that didn’t take up too much floor space but still had both height and room for color. Preserved bamboo canes provide that height and a bit of flare, leaving plenty of room for bright, tropical guzmanias.

A set of smaller tabletop ZZs in matching glazed ocean-blue ceramics complete the look, while two large “beach in a bowl” succulent gardens featuring seashells, driftwood, and that famous white sand are the icing on top.

 

 

 

Graduation Jungle Featuring Tropical Color and Palms

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Another fun thing about spring? It’s graduation season! We love working with schools on enhancing venues for commencement ceremonies, and are so honored to be able to be a part of celebrating the success of so many young people in our community as well as the incredible educators and educational administrators who help them along the way.

This arrangement was prepared for multiple high school graduations at the Bradenton Convention Center, and we just loved how lush and vibrant it turned out.

 

 

 

 

Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Entryway Featuring Succulents, Palms, and Custom Planter Bowls

Plant Parents is a local business, through and through–and it’s no secret that we love Sarasota and are honored to run the Downtown In Bloom flower basket program, managing the pretty plantings you’ll see on light posts throughout the city. So we were delighted to offer our services to the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

In addition to live plants inside the building offices, we installed a set of exterior container plantings designed with creating great first impressions in mind. These locally produced concrete bowls hold a mix of cheery succulents anchored by very-Florida palm trees.

Interested in plants for your office, home, or special event? We’d love to work with you! Contact us online or call us at 941-377-3070.

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Three Practical Uses for Office Plants

In addition to the myriad ways plants can improve productivity in the office, well-positioned plantings can be the solution to a number of practical problems in the workplace. Below, some of our favorite “green hacks” to try.

 

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Cover Unsightly Cords

A strategically placed planting can be a great way to hide bunches of cords and cables, dented drywall, and any other small but obnoxious eyesores around the office.

For the best coverage, pick a wide container with some height to it, and plant it with thick, full foliage plants like dracena bushes or aglaonemas. Voila! The eyesore becomes eye candy.

 

office plants cubiclesDampen Sound

Anyone who has spent time in an open-office or shared work-space environment knows how challenging it can be to cope with all that ambient noise–phones ringing, conversations, the drone of the printer….. It can be more than a little distracting.

Plants help dampen sound, making it easier to focus on the task at hand. We love long window box-style planters on top of cubicles for offices with less space, or acoustic moss panels for serious sound-control.

 

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Have a weird alcove under the stairs, or other odd feature seemingly left over from another building tenant? Plantings can help mask the area, and politely prevent people from bumping their heads or tripping on an out-of place architecture feature.

 

Ready to apply some of these “green hacks” to your office? Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consult!

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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

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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

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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

 

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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!

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

 

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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.”

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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.

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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.