It’s National Indoor Plant Week!!

Mark Your Calendars!

September 19th through 23rd is

National Indoor Plant Week!


Why PLANTS you may ask?

Studies show that house and office plants can provide great benefits including:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Purified Air
  • Illness Reduction
  • Dust Reduction
  • Lowered Energy Costs
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sparks of Creativity
  • Mood Elevation
  • Distraction Reduction
  • Improved Appearance of any area

 

    If you are interested in adding some green to your office, hotel, or residence please Contact Us


What’s Hot in the Boston Office Plant World??

What is one of the newest, most cutting edge designs for office plants in Boston???

MODULAR POTS!!

Fresh off of the 2011 Plantscape Industry Alliance Expo’s Showroom, modular pots are a unique system which combine office plants, architectural elements, and seating all in one beautiful structure.  The design possibilities are endless!

Check it out!

Presenting Cityscapes newest addition to their Boston office!

If you are interested in finding out more about Modular Pots, please Contact Us

Cityscapes Wins P.I.A. Award of Excellence for their Exterior Landscaping Designs at the Intercontinental Boston!

From August 30th – September 1, 2011 P.I.A.’s annual Plantscape Industry Expo took place at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.  This interior plantscape expo attracts people in the industry from all over the U.S. each year, staying true to it’s motto “where the interiorscape industry grows.”

On Thursday, Sept 1st the expo came to an end at the Awards Gala where antendees were  inducted into the Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame and recipients of the P.I.A. Awards  were announced.

Janice Goodman & Amy Walker of Cityscapes were honored to accept an Award of Excellence in the Exterior Garden Category for Cityscapes’ Exterior Landscaping Designs at the Intercontinental Boston Hotel (image from the Awards Gala below).  Cityscapes was awarded on exterior landscaping projects completed at the hotel between June of 2009 through October of 2010.

Janice Goodman and Amy Walker at the Awards Gala accepting the award

Janice Goodman with Bill Meade from Architectural Supplements who was also the Chairman of Exhibition

According to Janice Goodman, appropriate plant selection was the biggest challenge at the Intercontinental.  Since the hotel is located on the waterfront, the plants have to be able to withstand the harsh winds and full sun throughout the day.  We made it a priority to select plants that would thrive in this type of atmosphere.  There are forty large terracotta containers encircling the back rotunda area of the hotel that get four seasonal rotations a year to always keep it fresh and colorful.   We used a unique mirage of flowers and foliage each season including tropical yellow mandevilla trellis’, bright red hardy mums, coleus, geraniums, and rare hot pink oleander trees to give the space a “South Beach” feel.  Take a look at some of the winning design photos below.

The planters at the front entrance and valet area of the hotel was also a difficult location for the plants to thrive due to its lack of light and exposure to heavy traffic.  For Spring Cityscapes rotated fresh cut branches every six weeks such as forsythia, flowering quince, and the cherry blossoms pictured below.  During other seasons such as summer, one rotation of tropical foliage such as bromeliads, succulents and phoenix roebellini (below right) was sufficient.

Meil Restaurant, located at the hotel, wanted to create an atmosphere similar to a “French Provence”  while providing privacy for diners on their outdoor patio.  In response to their request, we placed rectangular planters between each table to provide a screen filled with plants reminiscent of France.  An herb garden was also installed so the diners can watch the chef pick fresh product for their meals!  Fruiting citrus trees and flowering topiaires lined the walkway along the  restaurant to accent the theme.  (Below)

Some other categories that were judged in the design competition were Green Roofs, Living Walls, Horticultural Service, Major Renovation, Installation, and Design. To find out more about the P.I.A. Expo and Awards click here www.piagrows.org

Living Walls at Boston GreenFest 2011

August 18 – 20, 2011Boston GreenFest was held at Boston City Hall Plaza this year.  Boston GreenFest, organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., is the region’s largest multicultural environmental festival that celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities.

Cityscapes joined up with the GLTi team and showcased three of their free-standing living walls for the three day event.  Janice Goodman of Cityscapes gave George Irwin, President of Green Living Technologies, support during his hands on demonstration of a green roof installation by answering questions for attendees and bystanders.  Participation in George’s demonstration offered AIA credits at no cost to attendees.   Take a look at Cityscapes/GLTi’s exhibit at GreenFest and the Roof Garden from George’s demonstration below.

Cityscapes, Boston’s Premier Interior Landscaping and Exterior Landscaping Company, Does DIY Show at Owner’s Home

Pembroke, MA/Boston, MA, July 1, 2011 – Janice Goodman, President and Owner of Boston based premier plantscaping company Cityscapes, welcomed the staff from the DIY Network’s show Indoors Out (www.diynetwork.com) to redesign her backyard into an outdoor living space.  The hosts of Indoors Out, Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns, both professional stonemasons and contractors, base their show around transforming boring backyards into functional living spaces.  Included in the redesign was an outdoor kitchen and bar under the cover of a gorgeous wooden pergola, an edible living wall, a pond with a waterfall, and a lounging area.  The final result was nothing less than stunning!

This project presented the opportunity for Cityscapes to install a residential outdoor living wall.  Using Green Living Technologies (www.agreenroof.com) patented stainless steel panel wall system, two 6′ by 4′ walls were kitty cornered and backed with stone by the outdoor kitchen.  Janice specifically designed and planted the wall with herbs and edible plants so she would have easy access to use them when she is cooking for or entertaining family or guests in the outdoor kitchen.

Throughout the design phase and installation process, a few local companies lent a helping hand.  Don Carney of Carney Tree & Landscape (www.carneylandscape.com) in Duxbury helped the team design the outdoor space.  The extensive stonework surrounding the kitchen, bar, and living wall was installed by CC Nightscape (www.stoneworksbyccnightscape.com) of Cohasset.  Using a combination of stones and boulders found around the Goodman’s residence, Shades of Green (www.shadesofgreenldm.com) of Pembroke designed and installed the beautiful pond complete with a waterfall.  Specialty plants including Japanese Maples and Conifers were purchased from Katsura Gardens (www.katsuragardens.com); a local nursery.  Patrick J. Gannon Construction (www.trustthisbiz.com/patrickjgannon_construction) of Weymouth built the structure for the living wall and erected the pergola.  The pergola was donated by Average Joe’s Pergola Depot (www.pergoladepot.com).

The installation and filming began on June 26th and wrapped up on June 28th.  The show is set to air in the Spring of 2012.  Cityscapes living walls will also be featured in another DIY Network show, This New House, this upcoming July.

 

 

 

Boston Green Tourism Makes a Visit to Cityscapes!

On May 26, 2011 Cityscapes welcomed members of Boston Green Tourism to our lush greenhouses and living wall showroom in the heart of the Back Bay.  Boston Green Tourism is an organization that strives to encourage and educate visitor-industry professionals to make their businesses greener.  Janice Goodman, President and Owner of Cityscapes, spoke about Living Walls and the many benefits they can provide to make your building cleaner and greener.  Annette Rinaldi of Wedding Flowers By Annette provided gorgeous flower arrangements to brighten up the atmosphere. Take a look at some pictures from the event provided by Dave LaChappelle of Amore Photography.

Janice Goodman of Cityscapes

Left: Alyce Crowley of Cityscapes

Left: Executive Director of Boston Green Tourism Dan Ruben

Janice Goodman and Annette Rinaldi of Wedding Flowers by Annette

Beautiful Arrangement provided by Annette Rinaldi

Bright Pink Peony Arrangement

 

For more information regarding:

Boston Green Tourism click here  http://www.bostongreentourism.org/

Wedding Flowers by Annette click here http://www.weddingflowersbyannette.com/

Amore Photography click here  http://www.amorephotography.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cityscapes Sponsers BOMA’s Monte Carlo Casino Night!!

March 5th, 2011 BOMA Boston hosted it’s 22nd Annual Casino Night Benefit at the Seaport Hotel.  The $90,000 that was raised at the benefit went to the following charities and organizations: City Year Boston, My Brother’s Keeper, South Shore Habitat for Humanity, Heading Home, Massachusetts Hospital School Foundation, and the BOMA Boston Education Scholarship.

Cityscapes was a High Roller Sponser for the event.  We provided beautiful Monte Carlo themed table arrangements made up of white tulips, white calla lilies, and white roses.  Unique accents such as black peacock feathers, gold beads, over-sized playing cards, gold silk table overlays, hat and dollar shaped confetti, and a custom living wall were also incorporated into the design.  Please enjoy the following images from the event.

Beautiful Tulip Arrangements

Second to the Right: Janice Goodman (owner of Cityscapes) with the BOMA Committee

Custom “Monte Carlo” Living Wall

Back Right: John Higgins and Amy Walker both Sales Representatives at Cityscapes

Simple and Sophisticated Calla Arrangements

Janice Goodman with Cityscapes client Kelli Ployer (second to right) of CB Richard Ellis

Suzanne Marchand of Cityscapes with Steve Howard


For more images from the event please click here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/GreaterBostonRealEstateBoard/2011BOMABenefitCasinoNightMonteCarlo#

Cityscapes is Spreading St. Patrick’s Day Cheer!

March 17th, 2011 – Cityscapes newest employee Denise McGee spent the day spreading St. Patrick’s Day cheer throughout Boston by dressing head to toe in green gear and passing out green carnations and beads to our clients as she maintained their plants!