2021’s Most Romantic Gardens in the U.S.
February 10, 2021 – 11:39 pm | Comments Off on 2021’s Most Romantic Gardens in the U.S.

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By Brenda Ryan for LawnStarter
What says romance better than a dozen roses? How about thousands of roses, along with lilies, tulips, philodendrons, and every other flower you can imagine.
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Houseplants are the New Officeplants
February 25, 2022 – 8:49 am | Comments Off on Houseplants are the New Officeplants

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From the National Garden Bureau

Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants “breathe” in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. We are perfect partners with plants.

While we have officed at home, more and more of us have felt the benefits of houseplants. Filling our home office with undemanding plants we’ve understood more fully the calm they can bring. Now, as we are moving between home and office, employees are wanting their workspaces to reflect that “at home” feel and are asking employers to provide it.

Our collective experience over the last two years has proven to businesses the value of plant life in the office and they are looking to provide that atmosphere as they bring their employees back. One study, highlighted in a 2020 article in Science Daily, suggests that business owners would see an economic benefit in providing small plants at the work areas of their employees.

Visualize stepping into the lobby of an organization: see it with large greenery, then see it without and you will feel a difference. It is obvious that plants in the office offer a visual benefit. In fact, the color green is noted for having a calming and relaxing effect.

Studies conducted over decades continue to prove the vast array of benefits that include reducing stress. A 2010 study by the University of Technology in Sydney found a 58 percent reduction in depression and 37 percent in anxiety. Anger dropped by 44 percent. Other studies suggest productivity increases by 15 percent, absenteeism drops by 14 percent. 

The University of Vermont cites studies that prove it is cost-effective to keep employees happy and values plant “assets” at ten times a building operating cost and 100 times the energy cost.

They add moisture to our dry indoor air through transpiration. An often-cited NASA study (start at page 9) ranks the top fifty plants that might some toxins from the air.

Plants in a work atmosphere reduce noise which helps us concentrate better, connect us with our innate desire to be in nature, boosts creativity, and are also attractive to job applicants. In this time of high demand for employees, anything we can do to attract them is a plus! The appetite for houseplants nationally is very strong. Gen Z are entering the houseplant market earlier than nearly any generation before them.

Plants need people to water them, feed them, provide them with the proper lighting and humidity levels. The wonderful part is that there are so many choices.

Some of the easiest plants include:

  • Sansevieria aka Dracaena
  • Pothos
  • Philodendron
  • Succulents
  • Cactus
  • ZZ plant
  • Peperomia
  • Bromeliads

Of course, the more light coming in and humidity in the air, the more variety of plants will work. Every day is “bring your plants to work” day. Or just leave them there and let them do their thing.

Planting for Pollinators
February 23, 2022 – 8:12 am | Comments Off on Planting for Pollinators
Planting for Pollinators

Thinking about spring? Think about planting for pollinators.
Brad Meyers, past president of the Troup County Association of Beekeepers, will conduct a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (February 26) at Hills and Dales Estate, …

London-Designed Faux Green Walls
January 3, 2022 – 10:16 pm | Comments Off on London-Designed Faux Green Walls
London-Designed Faux Green Walls

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UpScapers is breaking worldwide distribution records here in the US with the launch of Vistafolia. Vistafolia, a high-end uber-realistic faux green wall system designed by London-based horticulturist Paul Alder. Alder, …

Flower of the Day: Succulent
August 7, 2021 – 8:48 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Succulent
Flower of the Day: Succulent

Well, there’s no flower, but the green leaves of the succulent are gorgeous. Not sure of the name. Perhaps it’s a species of sedum.
This pot decorated a restaurant table in Hamburg, Germany, in 2007.
(Photo ©2007 …

Flower(s) of the Day: Wilting Bouquet
July 31, 2021 – 6:59 pm | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Wilting Bouquet
Flower(s) of the Day: Wilting Bouquet

Methinks these flowers — on a table in the Staatsweingut in Freiburg, Germany, need to be tossed.
Still, they’re a burst of color on a December day in 2018.
(Photo ©2018 by Susan McKee)

Flower(s) of the Day: Fresh Bouquets
June 26, 2021 – 8:38 am | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Fresh Bouquets
Flower(s) of the Day: Fresh Bouquets

Flowers awaiting customers in an outdoor market in Solihull, a suburb of Birmingham, England, in 2013.
(Photo ©2013 by Susan McKee)

Flower(s) of the Day: Hanging Basket
June 19, 2021 – 8:55 am | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Hanging Basket
Flower(s) of the Day: Hanging Basket

Blooming baskets on either side of the front door to the Foundry Master’s House (now a bed and breakfast) welcome visitors to Telford in the Iron Bridge Gorge — the industrial heart of Britain just …

Amarillo Botanical Gardens
June 14, 2021 – 8:22 am | Comments Off on Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Amarillo Botanical Gardens

There’s something new at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, Amarillo, Texas — a multi-level Japanese Garden overlooking a koi fish pond.
The Botanical Gardens include 4.4 acres of flowers, plants, and trees that …

Flower of the Day: Pale Pink Rose
June 12, 2021 – 8:09 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Pale Pink Rose
Flower of the Day: Pale Pink Rose

Roses were in bloom when your Road Trips Gardener visited the Botanic Garden in Prague, Czech Republic, in September 2011.
(Photo ©2011 by Susan McKee)

Flower of the Day: Orange Exotica
June 5, 2021 – 8:46 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Orange Exotica
Flower of the Day: Orange Exotica

Nope: I don’t know what orange blooms are in this vase, but the base seems to be coffee beans!
The artistic arrangement was in the lobby of a fancy hotel in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2005.
(Photo ©2005 …

2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium
June 2, 2021 – 8:36 am | Comments Off on 2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium
2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium

A Rare Plant Auction and seven of the world’s top botanical and horticultural experts are included in the 2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium. The auction is free (registration online), and opens online tomorrow. It runs from …