No one can deny the importance of plants, not only for us as humans but to our planet as well. And yet, there has been an obvious decline in young adults seeking out degrees in horticulture. Likewise, the horticulture departments at major college campuses are disappearing due to lack of participation. This has created an interesting paradox. As more millennials are becoming environmentally-conscious while also seeking a solid career path, why not kill two birds with one stone? Few of these students realize the numerous career paths available to those with a degree in horticulture. Here we take a brief look at what is horticulture, all the different career paths a person with a horticulture degree could pursue and how more horticulturalists could save the world.
What is Horticulture?
Horticulture can be defined as the practice of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers or plants for beauty or utility. Truly, it is part art and part science. Horticulture encompasses the process of planting the seeds into the earth, ensuring the soil provides the nutrients that the seed needs while watering, sheltering and nourishing it as it grows into a plant. When successful, the seed grows into a plant and will reproduce in some fashion whether, fruiting, flowering or producing clones. The plant’s offspring can then be used in numerous different ways depending on the industry. What is interesting is how far horticulture can reach within different aspects of society across cultures.
There are five main branches of horticulture:
- Floriculture- production/marketing of flowers
- Landscape- production, marketing and maintenance of landscape plants
- Olericulture- production/marketing of vegetables
- Pomology- production/marketing of fruits
- Postharvest Physiology- Expertise in how to prevent produce from prematurely spoiling.
Horticulture does not only impact the food industry. The pharmaceutical, landscape, lumber, floral, and clothing industries are just a few of the industries that fall under the umbrella of horticulture’s influence.
How Horticulturalists Save the World
“If you want to save the planet, one of the best ways to do it is through horticulture,” said Angus Murphy, Chair of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland at College Park. What did he mean by that? Plants help re-oxygenate the planet and can have dramatically positive effects on the environment. For example, if an area is prone to flooding because of rainfall. You can plant a tree in that location. The roots will absorb the excess water like a sponge, while the leaves will act like little umbrellas. Not to mention, when you facilitate the growth of plants, you are literally helping to generate life which is a pretty commendable and amazing thing.
In an effort to bring much-needed attention to the field of horticulture, organizations are sprouting up and using social media campaigns to attract youth participation and also bridge the gaps between horticulture and “cooler” industries. The younger the people are that get interested in horticulture, the sooner they can begin forming their career goals around horticulture with a sense of clarity and purpose.
What are Some of the Career Possibilities?
- Arboretum Director/Associate
- Botanical Gardens Manager/Grounds Associate
- Business Owner
- Community Garden Planner
- Extension Educator
- Farmer of Specialty Vegetables/Fruits
- Floral Designer
- Greenhouse Manager
- Garden Manager
- Garden Center Operations, Sales, Maintenance, Landscaping
- Golf Course Superintendent
- Horticulture Therapist
- Horticulture Marketing/Sales Manager
- Landscape Design
- Lawn Maintenance Foreman/Technician
- Master Gardener/Landscaper
- Plant Biologist
- Plant Breeder
- Produce Retail Team Member
- Research Scientist
- Urban Garden Manager
According to a study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2015, nearly 58,000 jobs become available each year in agriculture-related fields but only 61% of those jobs are filled by qualified candidates. With so many students entering college and graduating college, horticulture could provide a viable avenue to make it inside the industry of their choice.
Cityscapes has consistent openings in the horticulture departments with training provided. For more information, check out our careers page.
There is something inherently rewarding about growing and attending plants, even on a minimal scale. It is nurturing and gratifying in it’s own completely unique way. You get your hands dirty and you help produce something. You help life, you help the planet and you help yourself at the same time.
When it comes to interior decorating, nothing adds instant beauty and character to a room quite like a fragrant bouquet of flowers or a nice potted plant. Interior plants are the perfect addition to any home or office space and help to bring a touch of nature indoors. In addition to bringing elements of the outdoors into an interior space, plants are proven to have a positive impact on mental and physical health as well. Here are several reasons why you should incorporate plants into your home or office spaces:
Improved Air Quality
Breathing in clean air is important for your overall health and wellness. Unlike with air filtration systems that require constant filter changes and maintenance, all you have to do to maintain a plant is to ensure it gets enough water and sunlight to thrive. Peace lilies, Boston ferns, palm trees, and gerbera daisies are among the best indoor plants to choose from for maximum air purifying qualities. Not only do they look stunning, but they reduce formaldehyde and harmful bacteria from the air.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, you should have one indoor plant per 100 square feet of floor space in order to keep the air clean and pure. Choose a variety of different plants in all colors and sizes depending on the size of each room the plants are going in. Full-size plants and miniature trees are great for conference rooms and living rooms, while small potted plants work well for small offices and bedrooms.
Plants and flowers are attractive to look at and can soothe the soul after a long and stressful day. Whether you work in an office that has demanding deadlines or experience a busy home life, turn your space into a personal sanctuary filled with plants that calm the mood with their good looks and relaxing fragrances. Some of the most popular relaxation promoting plants include lavender, aloe vera, jasmine, and gardenia. These plants also have the natural ability to reduce anxiety levels, so you will be able to concentrate during the day and sleep better at night.
Bringing Nature Indoors
Biophilic Design is based on the principle that people have an innate desire to be connected with nature and is a popular concept in architecture today. Biophilic design is about bringing nature indoors with expansive windows that overlook gardens and shrubbery, interior plantscapes and gardens, and natural colored furnishings that connect the outdoors with indoor living and working spaces. If you are considering a home or office remodel, be sure to tear down the walls, add more windows, and open up the space to promote natural lighting and the ability to feel as though you are outdoors even when you are inside.
With the addition of plants and flowers in your home or office space, you will have the ability to change the look of the space with the coming of each new season. The changing of the seasons opens up the opportunity to start fresh and redesign your space, celebrating the new life that spring brings, the warm and sunny days of summer, the crisp air of the fall, or the warm and cozy ambiance of the winter. Pick flowering plants that suit the seasons and really create the feel of that time of year.
Bring more nature into your life with interior plants and reap the rewards of better health and wellness. Whether you are looking for a way to redecorate the office or liven up your home, plants will enhance your mood and clean up the air. If you are looking for creative inspiration or would like more information on biophilic design, our experts at Cityscapes Inc., can help; contact us today!
With all the conveniences and new technology of modern day life, things seem to get busier, and busier… and busier! We hate to even bring up the word stress, but… there’s no point in denying the statistics; we live in a stressed-out nation!
A study released earlier this year claims that anxiety levels in America have been on a drastic incline, even since 2017! American Psychiatry Association president Anita Everett states:
“This poll shows US adults are increasingly anxious particularly about health, safety, and finances; that increased stress and anxiety can significantly impact many aspects of people’s lives, including their mental health, and it can affect families.”
Individuals all over the nation are simply stressed out about life. But how are we to reverse this negative trend that our nation is spiraling into?
Going Green (Literally)
When the buzz of industry and technology fail to calm the soul, the more primitive elements of nature step up and fulfill their role as the solace and remedy of many ills. That’s right, we’re talking about simple, down-to-earth plants. Why? Even just looking at plants and flowers has been recognized as a mood lifter and anxiety breaker! There’s just something about plant life that really has beneficial effects on mental health.
Anti-Depressants Were Never So Lovely!
Researchers in Canada and America have studied the results of nature encounters among those who are struggling with clinical depression. The studies contrasted individuals who took a walk in a natural park-like environment to those who spent time in a busy urban area. You guessed it; there was a significant increase in positivity and brain function within the group that chose the park.
And don’t forget the timeless expression of love and thoughtfulness humanity shows by giving a friend or loved one a bouquet of flowers. Even though there was no historical scientific evidence of the power of flowers, modern research shows a definite connection between flowers and brighter outlooks of life!
Better Focus, Better Life
In addition to brightening your mood, plants also help your attention span. Scientists have found that being surrounded by a natural foliage-rich environment has “regenerative effects for directed attention“.
In an experiment to see if office work was enhanced by the mere presence of botany, researchers found that individuals who read and recited from memory showed improved performance when working in an office with just four plants nearby!
Did we mention that plants clean the air too? They sure do! Varieties such as snake plant, spider plant, and ferns (to name a few) take toxins and carbon dioxide out of the air, releasing healthy oxygen back into the ecosystem for us to breathe!
Bring Nature Indoors
These are amazing discoveries for managers and business owners all over the nation who are concerned about productivity and, more importantly, the wellbeing of their employees; and seeing how valuable nature and greenery is to health and happiness, it makes perfect sense to bring all of the goodness right into your work environment; after all, that’s where a lot of life is lived.
Fortunately, there are so many creative ways to fill your life with foliage; plantscapes, living walls, living art, and even plant-related holiday decor are some great options that will fill the workplace atmosphere with breathtaking beauty and soul-healing relaxation.
For more ideas about going green and bringing new life to your corner of the world, contact Cityscapes of Boston; no one can create interior biophilic scenery like our team of skilled designers. Our interiorscapes are displayed in leading hotels and offices throughout the city, and our reputation continues to go before us as a trusted and reputable service in high demand. Schedule your complimentary design assessment today!
Getting enough out of your workday is an ongoing challenge. You may find yourself struggling to pay attention or wondering how you’re ever going to take care of all of those tasks on your plate. All the time management strategies in the world can leave you wondering if you’re ever going to actually manage to keep up. If you want to maintain and improve productivity at work, try some of these key strategies.
Strategy #1: Knock Out the Tough Tasks First
While no single schedule is the right choice for anyone, there are several benefits to taking on the biggest challenges in your day as early as possible. First, you’re more likely to have high energy levels in the morning, before your day becomes a bigger struggle. Second, taking care of those big tasks on your list will give you a feeling of accomplishment that will help propel you forward, making it easier to take care of those smaller pieces of the puzzle. If you’re struggling to find the motivation for a task that you don’t want to do, dive in and get started! Break it down into manageable pieces, then slowly start to work on them. That feeling of accomplishment might just drive you to excel.
Strategy #2: Tackle Small Tasks Immediately
Yes, you need to take care of those tough tasks as soon as possible. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should leave a huge list of little tasks sitting on your desk all day. If you know you can take care of a simple task in just a few minutes, go ahead and knock it out immediately. This will remove it from your To Do list and probably ultimately decrease the amount of time you’ll spend on that particular task since you no longer have to think about it (or even expend the energy to add it to your list). Knocking out simple tasks can also increase your feeling of accomplishment, which will increase the odds that you’ll get to work in other areas of your work day.
Strategy #3: Set Smaller Goals
Big goals can be daunting. While it’s important to have those big-picture goals, especially as they pertain to your work day, give yourself permission to set smaller, more manageable goals. The success high will push you forward to bigger things, and knowing that you’re working toward those goals will make it easier to accomplish the tasks on your desk every day that you dread the most.
Strategy #4: Know Your Break Schedule
How long can you work on a specific task before your brain starts to fry and it becomes difficult to focus, impossible to concentrate, and hard to do even the simplest things? Know your internal break schedule: the time when you simply need to break away from your work for a little while. Consider setting a timer to allow yourself ten minutes of chatting with a colleague or time for a walk around the office. These little brain breaks can actually increase and improve productivity and make you better ready to dive back in! On the other hand, don’t force yourself to take a break if you’re in the middle of a productive streak with an important task. Instead, move that break to the moment when you start to feel tired, overwhelmed, or unfocused.
Strategy #5: Create a Productive Office Setting
What does it take for you to create a productive setting in your personal office? For many people, that’s a highly organized system with exactly the right filing system, technology, and other advantages. For others, it’s a darker, more peaceful environment where harsh lights and frequent interruptions don’t interfere with their ability to function at peak efficiency. Whatever the perfect office setting looks like for you, do your best to create it! Whether you have an entire office to yourself or you’re working with a smaller setting, like your desk, a few small changes can substantially increase your ability to remain productive throughout the day.
Productivity is an ongoing challenge for many office workers–but it doesn’t have to be your biggest one. By following some of these simple strategies, you can significantly improve productivity and make it easier for you to meet your daily office goals.