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3 Reasons to Have Interior Plants

The Blessings of Botany

When we think of houseplants, we often put them in the same category as mere home decor, or even a hobby; but it is important to note that leafy green plants are much more valuable than normally given credit for! Botany has an intrinsic regenerative quality that benefits the environment for humans and animals alike, both mentally and physically.

Let’s take a brief look at how plants have made our world, our workplaces, and our homes a better place.

Stress Reducer

Did you know that simply being around plants and working with them can lower your stress levels? That’s right! Studies have shown that people who spend time around plants have developed significantly lower blood pressure and an increased level of psychological stability.

In our world of technology and informational overloads, scientists have come to recognize interior plants as a valuable relaxation tool that can counter the negative effects of the modern computer age. There’s just something about having nature around that makes us think more clearly, makes us operate more efficiently, and helps us feel better.

Air Purifier

Indoor plants are growing in reputation as efficient and practical air purifiers. Seems to good to be true, right? The fact is, plants clean the air by absorbing toxic carbon dioxide and light energy in through the leaves; this the natural process of photosynthesis. But it gets better; plant foliage also absorbs other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, and other dangerous chemicals from plastics, carpet dust, and cigarette smoke.

Houseplants take in a bunch of airborne garbage, safely dispose of it, and then give back purified oxygen to be used once again by us. It doesn’t get much better than that! Some of the best varieties for cleaning the air include ferns, palms, snake plants, and peace lilies.

Aesthetic Classic

Okay, we aren’t going to just skip over the fact that houseplants can be simply gorgeous. If taken care of properly, a flourishing indoor plant can be the highlight of a room. For thousands of years, humanity has taken great delight in the beauty of gardens and cultivated plants.

The ancient Chinese used indoor plants as symbols of wealth and prosperity, as well as for general ornamental purposes. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon became one of the 7 Wonders of the World, displaying the glory of botany like none other. Ever since explorers have been traveling to and from the tropics, beautiful flowering plants have found their way into homes and palaces all over civilization.

It’s no different today! Elaborate sculpted plants, living walls, and other creatively arranged plants can dramatically increase the aesthetic value of a home or workplace, improve acoustics by muffling reverberations, and create an eye-catching focal point in a room.

Let Interior Plants Do Their Job!

Although many people are intimidated by the thought of taking care of plants, it really is a simple process. Some varieties may require special watering patterns, trimmings, or specific levels of humidity; but in most cases, care is minimal and the returns are big! A few minutes of research can inform you on the proper care for whichever varieties you have. And don’t forget the fact that working with and handling plants is great for your soul!

So, are you ready to give indoor plants a fair chance? Go for it, and experience the wonder that has captivated botanists since ancient times! Let every area of your life be enhanced by the benefits that greenery offers; cleaner air, clearer minds, and creative beauty. What could be a better choice for you, your friends, and family?

 

Cityscapes is expanding more and more!

Cityscapes is continuing to grow and grow and we are currently looking to add team members to many of our departments.  We are currently looking for applications for the following positions:

Entry Level Administrative Assistant

Living Wall Horticulturalist

Head Living Art and Holiday Designer

Interior Horticulturalist

Exterior Horticulturalist

Operations Foreman

If you or someone you know is looking for a careers in the plantscape, horticulture or landscape industry, floral and holiday interior design and decorating, apply today on our careers page.  We are looking for people who want to be a part of a successful and growing business and want the ability to thrive in an industry of creating green, beautiful, and sustainable environments.

 

AIA Living Wall Presentations for CEUs

Lavallee Brensinger Architects hosted Cityscapes’ Jan Goodman yesterday for an AIA presentation on living walls.  The presentations are good for a Continuing Education Unit required for architects, designers, and engineers.  Whether or not you are attending for a CEU, the presentation is great for all who are curious about the design, installation, maintenance, applications, and benefits of vertical gardens.

Are you an architect or designer looking to use living walls in future projects? Go to Green Plants for Green Buildings ‘Continuing Education’ page.  There you will find a list of certified trainers in your area.  If you are in Boston, give Cityscapes a call or fill out our contact form to learn more about these amazing walls of green. For a gallery and brief overview, check out our Living Wall Page

Click Here for more information on Lavallee Brensinger Architects.

PlantWalls by Green Fortune

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Green Fortune, out of Stockholm, Sweden, works to increase the biophilic connection using PlantWalls.

These living walls have been popular across the pond for years and are beginning to really take off in the United States.  Check out some of Green Fortune’s work here.

Want your space to stand apart from all the other brand new, stark, minimalist, clean-line renovations that are happening in every office and lobby in the city?

Give Cityscapes a call and let our designers bring the space to life.

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Biophilic Design – The New Standard?

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Biophilic Design:

With so much focus on minimalism in interior design these days, a refreshing movement toward ‘biophilic design’ is gaining popularity every day.

Many architects and clients alike seem to be over-appreciating the concept of white space, clean lines and beauty in nothingness.  And while it is hard not to appreciate these new-aged, semi-futuristic interior spaces, it is also easy to lose sight of a core architectural design concept: blurring the lines between inside and out.

Some may think that large glass curtain-walls with views to every direction on a compass get the job done, but why not take it one step further?  Bring the environment outside into your interior space so you can see, hear, smell, and touch nature while indoors.

For a more in-depth look at ‘biophilic design,’ take a look at the links below.

http://archinect.com/sustainabilityMonster/biophilic-design

http://vimeo.com/27874539

http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/11s_final-37-39.pdf

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