Reduce Office Noise with Live Plants, Green Living Walls

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The modern office has become a noisy, distracting environment with increasing popularity of the open plan office. Sound has a heavy impact on our productivity from a cognitive, psychological and behavioral standpoint that can distract and disengage employees from moments to minutes that all adds up to a costly problem.

Shhhhh…sit back in your chair, close your eyes, take a deep breath and exhale slowly…you hear all that?

Coworker’s chairs squeaking and straining under stress of their occupants, phones ringing about, muffled crowd chatter in the distance intermingling with various other working sounds down the hall. Coughs, sniffles and sneezes from around the corner, typing and keyboard pounding from your neighbor, the copy machine pacing back and forth, a stapler firing but releasing no staples, the noisy sequence of the espresso machine brewing up a cup of caffeine, or the relentless hollow sound of air exhausting through the ventilation system.

Oh the tranquility of interior office acoustics! Chances are your working space is far from silent.

Uncontrolled noise in an office environment can wreak havoc on your employees and customers alike.

Office noise is one of the most commonly complained about office issues with 80% of workers stating that they are frequently distracted by it. We can only assume the remaining 20% are suffering in silence! What level of productivity can you maintain if you are unable to concentrate, stay focused and on task?

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All this noise is created and manipulated as sound waves travel and bounce off rigid surfaces such as walls, ceilings, floors and other hard objects in the room. Sound transmissions from internal, external and adjacent sources are huge distractions in our cramped office environments and can be seemingly difficult to control. But nature has an answer.

Benefits of Plants in the Workplace

Plants have an acoustical benefit that insulate against noise, sound vibrations and sound penetration.

The biomass of indoor office plants has the ability to absorb echo and dampen reverberations that collect when sound waves reflect from flat surfaces.

By incorporating office plants in your working space you can effectively alter the environmental acoustics in your office by absorbing and diffusing noise that will improve the productivity and moral of your workforce all the way to the bottom line.

Benefits of Green Living Walls

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One of the great benefits of Green Living Walls is sound control. This innovative plant design hangs on your wall(s), which can add an aesthetic and can be used as a noise barrier in an acoustically loud space. This can be very important in both indoor and outdoor spaces, particularly in noisy urban areas.

Learn more about the benefits of Green Living Walls in this free guide.

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Wow Your Hotel Guests with a Green Living Wall

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Whenever you invite guests into your home, you want to put your best foot forward. You clean up around the house and make sure everything looks nice. This helps guests feel comfortable and have a great experience in your home.

If it were a mess and smelled bad, guests would have a terrible experience.

As a hotel manager, when you have guests in your hotel, you strive to give them the best experience possible. That’s why you have designated personnel such as your hotel greeter and front desk clerk to facilitate the relationship and achieve the right hotel guest experience. In addition, you invest in the aesthetics of your hotel with a color scheme that makes guest feel comfortable and at home. You ensure there is furniture and decor that align with the hotel theme.

All of these things are important for a great hotel guest experience.

So how can you continue to wow your hotel guests?

In a hospitality business like a restaurant or hotel, the plants you choose to augment the environment is almost as important as your staff and amenities.

Hotel plants serve multiple functions, and they should always be included in your overall design concept.

In addition, there are many ways that plants can actually help efficiently transform your hotel time and time again, so your hotel always looks fresh and innovative.

One great way to do that is adding a Green Living Wall.

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Green living walls are also called eco-walls or vertical garden systems, and can be installed on any existing wall or they may be freestanding structures in which plants grow with little to no soil. They can grow flowers, greenery, leafy plants of all kinds, and even herbs and other edibles, and can be installed indoor or outdoor.

Multiple Functions, Multiple Benefits

All plants have great benefits for the workplace, including increased productivity, improved air quality, temperature and sound control, and of course, the visual aspect we’re discussing. Learn more about the benefits in this free guide.

Let’s start with your hotel entryways. Tall hotel plants in your atrium can help regulate the temperature by slowing down the escape of heat or air conditioning from the building. Well-chosen greenery also provides clean, slightly fragrant air that helps clients relax and encourages deeper breathing.

Guests may not notice this environment consciously, but it all impacts their overall experience in your hotel. Just like a party, relaxed and comfortable guests tend to be more open to spending time in your lobby or restaurants, giving the impression of a successful, thriving business.

Hotel plants also enhance the décor and can be used to great effect during group events, conventions, and gatherings. Setting up a unique plant display like a Green Livin Wall for an event helps guests feel special and shows them you’re willing to go the extra mile to make their experience superb.

In addition, not only do Green Living Walls look lovely, but they also improve air quality and help keep rooms at a comfortable humidity level. They reduce toxins from luggage, traffic, air pollutants, and smoke, which can be extremely beneficial. Never underestimate the impact of free, easy breathing when it comes to producing happy guests.

Finally, thriving Green Living Walls show hotel guests that you’re adept at taking care of things—including the specific needs of your customers.

Download a free Guide for Green Living Walls to learn more about the benefits and maintenance. In addition, we are doing a FREE Green Living Wall Giveaway. Deadline to enter is June 22, 2015. Ready to purchase your Green Living Wall now? Save 15%!


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Case Study: A Plant Solution for a Shaded, Outdoor Environment

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Horticulture specialists face many challenges in their daily work. They’re required to examine a space, whether indoor or outdoor, check its environment, and consider its lighting, temperature, humidity and other factors all to help each client select the right types of plants, greenery, planters, and accoutrements that achieve the desired look and feel while staying within a budget.

Many times, there are challenges in any one of these steps. For example, one of our horticulture specialists, Paul Bradley, came across a challenge with the lighting when he worked on a bed along the San Antonio Riverwalk at the Westin Hotel.

The bed gets very little direct sunlight, so we had to go with a lot of shade variety plants that brought in the color that flowers often bring in. As we all know there isn’t a lot of flowering shade plants, so this was a challenge.

Other beautiful features of this space is the walkway we created through the center so that guests could take pictures, which is very popular along the Riverwalk.

“I wanted to create a space that is unique to any other property downtown and let everyone know that this is Plant Interscapes,” Bradley said.

If you need the plants in your office, restaurant, hospital, or home to look their best and stay that way, indoor plant services are the way to go. The right plant specialist should guarantee their work and keep your plants looking their best over time. Interior plant services give you all the benefits of plants without any of the risks associated with going it alone.

Horticulture specialists can help you select just the right plants for your space, and keep them looking their healthiest. Well-maintained plants in a business give the impression of confidence, competence, and caring.

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Green Living Walls: What to Consider

By Jonathan Senneff

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Have you heard about green living walls? They’re also called “green walls,” “living wall gardens,” or “vertical garden walls.”

A green living wall can be professionally installed indoors — office, meeting room, hotel lobby, elevator lobby, etc. — or outdoors — hotel pool, at a building’s entrance,  or in a courtyard area.

They can grow flowers, greenery, leafy plants of all kinds, and even herbs and other edibles.

Once you’ve seen one and the possibilities, it begs the question: Can I support and maintain a green living wall?

Good question.

What to consider when installing Green Living Walls

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Green living walls are great if you want to experience the benefits of indoor plants, but don’t have enough window, shelf or floor space.

  • Better air quality
  • Sound control (great for offices and noisey cubicle spaces)
  • Temperature control
  • Relaxation, soothing
  • Increased revenue per guest
  • Increased productivity

Are there children, dogs, or clumsy roommates around who might topple any planters? Is there really only one part of your living area that gets good light? Or do you simply want to add more life and color to a room? These are all great reasons to consider installing a green living wall.

There are plenty of ways to build your own green living walls, according to Pinterest. Of course, while green living walls are wonderful and greatly beneficial to your work environment, a poorly or hastily constructed one can be frustrating and even dangerous.

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That’s why it’s great to have a professional install and maintain your green living wall. Plus, this takes the burden off of you. Learn how to maintain green living walls

The right installation requires minimal maintenance and can turn any wall—inside or outside—into a beautiful living work of art.

Finding a vendor for your green living wall is an important step. Insist on a company that sources its own plants and can tell you where each one originates. The plant specialist you choose should be upfront about costs and time frames and should offer a written guarantee. They should also have an expansive selection of indoor and outdoor plants, and should be able to help you select plants that work together in your vertical garden wall to create the exact look you desire.

Green living walls are a beautiful and natural addition to any décor in a hotel, building, or office.

Download this ultimate guide on Green Living Walls to learn more. 

To learn more about pricing and installation, call Plant Interscapes at 1-888-745-7868.

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How to Maintain Green Living Walls

By Jonathan Senneff

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Green living walls may be placed indoors or outdoors, and can host many types of greenery depending on your needs and preferences. Best of all, they can be installed and maintained by professionals, which takes the burden off of you.

Since the 1930s, this type of hydroponic vertical plant display has been around in some form. However, modern green living walls are designed to last longer than their earlier counterparts. Some plants can last years before needing to be replaced.

In green living walls, plants only need replacing if they die — a rare occurrence with proper maintenance — or when the roots run out of space.

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Sometimes plants are inserted into a panel; these panel systems can be used indoors or outside, as long as the plants are meant to grow in your local environment. On the other hand, tray systems have small receptacles where the roots grow, allowing the plants to flourish and bloom outward and upward. Tray systems are most often used inside.

Green living  walls are increasingly popular, especially in the business world. We already know that a lush supply of office plants leads to increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, and the breakdown of “sick building syndrome.” Read more of the benefits of green living walls.

What you may not know is a multitude of LEEDs (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) credits are available to business owners who install plants in the workplace.

Surprisingly, green living walls use very little water since they are hydrated using a drip irrigation system or a recirculating system that continually reuses the water with almost no waste.

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As a result, water conservation and efficiency credits, energy and atmosphere credits, sustainability, and innovation credits can add up to big savings.

One of the main questions about green living walls is whether they are difficult to care for and maintain.

The honest answer is that yes, they can be—but this doesn’t mean that vertical growing is beyond your reach.

The best vendors and suppliers will help you select the right plants for your space so you can purchase or rent with confidence. Ideally, plants grown locally should be used to ensure they thrive in your environment. The right vendor will also care for and maintain your plants, especially during that all-important early stage that can be crucial to a successful vertical grow structure. The vendor you choose should guarantee your satisfaction and replace any greenery that isn’t up to your standards.

When you consider how much money you can save while improving your environment, you may wonder why you waited so long to install green living  walls.


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The Benefits of Green Living Walls

By Jonathan Senneff
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If you’re a fan of indoor plants, you probably already know many of their great benefits.

Plants increase the oxygen in the air and scrub out impurities and airborne toxins like benzene and formaldehyde, which are found in furniture, wooden shelves, and other home products. The right indoor plants can also help workers relax, focus, and become more productive. In hospitals, plants have even been shown to speed patient healing times.

But what if you don’t have room for plants? Does that mean you have to forgo all their perks?

Of course not! More people than ever are enjoying the benefits of green living walls.

Green living walls are also called eco-walls or vertical garden systems.

The great thing about them is that they can be installed on existing walls, or they may be freestanding structures in which plants grow with little to no soil.

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Green living walls are beautiful, innovative and interesting. They are great “zebra” pieces to a room, a statement piece that stands out and captivates the eye.

For hotels and multi-tenant buildings, large walls can be installed as a great piece of art work.

In an office, smaller walls can be installed in the break room or meeting spaces. This adds to the aesthetics of a room, bringing color, texture, and a wow factor.

Increased Productivity

Research shows that live indoor plants help increase productivity in the workplace.

Studies conducted by Washington State University showed a full 12% increase including faster response times compared to those who worked without plants.

Increased Revenue Per Guest

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Hotel managers actually see an increase in revenue per guest when live plants are added to the hotel, rooms and elevator lobbies.

Biophilia refers to the innate and uncompromising requirement for humans to seek nature. Plants are inviting and bring comfort. Humans are drawn to nature, and therefore, want to stay in a hotel longer if they feel welcomed and comfortable.

Green living walls also help with sound, temperature and pollution control. Read about more benefits in this free Guide for Green Living Walls and learn how to maintain them


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Case Study: Plant Design Meets ADA Standards

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Live plants help non-profit meet ADA standards.

Plant Interscapes works with organizations to not only add live plants and containers to look great, but meet their bottom line.

Benefits of plants in the work place

For property managers, live plants increase productivity and the well being for their tenants. Office plants not only add to the aesthetics of the environment, but lowers workplace stress. Hotel plants actually increase revenue per guest.

Plants have many great benefits for the workplace in all types of environments. In addition, plants help organizations meet building standards like in this next case.

Case Study: Avenida Guadalupe meets ADA standards

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In this case, I collaborated with the building architect to ensure the plant design matched with the interior architecture features of sharp, geometric shapes.

The orange color of the crotons highlight the interior paint colors with a pop of orange and yellow.

In the end, the design needed to be approved by the appropriate agencies to ensure meeting ADA (Americans with Disabilities) standards. The non-profit had ADA standard issues with their staircase. I put a design together that created a safety barrier for vision-impaired visitors by using our earth walls, while displaying colorful crotons that matched the interior décor.

The multiplicity of plants are endless – – functionality, beauty, and even for safety purposes!

Need help getting your building ready for inspection or just want to revitalize? Get a free plant design when you submit a photo of your space!


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Workhorses and Zebras: Office Plant Design Made Simple

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By Mike Senneff

In every area of life, we have the ordinary—the base…and then we have the extraordinary—the distinctive.

It could be in how we dress.  For men, plain trousers, complementing shirt and then pop it with a colorful tie or blazer. For women, a beautiful dress, matching top and then pop it with jewelry.

For chefs, we know it’s all about presentation. We have the courses plated, but served dish will always have that special garnish to top it off.

And in interior design, it’s often a neutral base, complementary hues, and then that 10% pop of color.

The base is the workhorse. It substantially gets the job done. In dress, culinary plating, design and all things visual, the workhorse is the background.

And then comes the zebra — that unique element that distinctly stands out. It’s that pop that gets our attention. In a field of buckskin horses, what stands out? Where would your eye be drawn?  To the zebra of course. That striped, dramatic and unique member of the horse family.

This concept applies to horticultural design as well — both interior and exterior.

We have our workhorse background plants, those that fill the space. These plants may have height and breadth, which provides an interesting texture and coverage, but they don’t provide that unique attraction.

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They don’t provide that focal point; the spot your eye is drawn over any aspect of the background.

Then comes the attraction. The extraordinarily unique and dramatic specimens or floral elements. It’s the intended focal point. It’s the zebra.

This plant or arrangement is Intentionally selected to be that spot your eye is drawn. It may be a plant with distinctive and interesting branching habits, or it could be colorful flowering plants, those that capture draw attention. It could even be a unique decorative container or combination of other dramatic elements such as rock or cut class. But its purpose is clear — I am special, look at me!

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We couldn’t design with all zebras, nor could we design with all workhorses.  It would be too homogenous and not provide the intended visual interest.

So next time you’re dressing, cooking, painting, or designing with plants, consider the base and consider the dramatic—that place of interest, the focal point.  And place a zebra or two.


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Why We Really Need Plants in the Workplace

By Mike Senneff

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What’s new in the realm of interior plant design?  We’ve actually come a long way!

History of interior plant design in the workplace

We can arguably say that contemporary use of interior plants in the building environment goes back decades, even before the 1960’s.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, indoor plants were originally used for purely aesthetic purposes.  We were spending more time at work, and wanted our spaces to reflect nature.

We not only wanted nature in our workplace, but also at home and near the places we relax.

Fern bars were hung in baskets and Ficus trees were added to the office. Wicker baskets, greenery and all elements of natural surrounding indoors was considered cool and aesthetically pleasing.

At that time, commercial use of indoor plants was equally cool. We had atriums, ceramics and plants everywhere. Whenever it came to an empty corner in a building lobby, design was easy. Adding plants in a group of three always did the trick.

Workplace plants included a tall element plant, medium height filler and a lower focal point of either interesting variegation or a pop of seasonal color. Plants were everywhere!

The 1990’s and early 2000’s ushered change.  No longer were plants cool, but a trend that had been around for a while.

Contemporary building lobby design became contemporary, austere and cold.  Interior atriums gave way to hard stone materials, statuary and art.

No longer were plants an important part of design finish out.  If there were any botanicals in the interior space, they were often relegated to a small color bowl or orchid arrangement.

Then we got real again. We realized what we wanted and what we needed. We realized as humans, we have an innate and natural affinity for life and for nature.

As our cities became more built, as our lives became more urbanized, as we spent more time indoors than ever before in human history, we began to realize we need a connection with nature.

We need plants.

This truth is known as Biophilia.  It refers to the innate and uncompromising requirement for humans to seek nature.

Where do you go on vacation, or where do you go when you need some down-time?

Most of us look to the outdoors.  It could be a visit to the mountains, oceans, deserts or forests.  We crave nature.  Often an after-work walk, a weekend hike or outdoor barbeque will satisfy that craving.

When we’re around nature, it grounds us.

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So now we’re recognizing plants in the building environment are not all about aesthetics, but about a need.  Maybe they always were, but we didn’t know why.  Now we know it’s because of our biophilic need.

Offices, banks and other commercial buildings rely on interior plants to humanize the work environment.  International research has consistently proven indoor plants help us reduce stress, allow greater creativity and make us more productive while indoors.  And our indoor hours are only increasing.

Plants are now an integral part of contemporary building spaces.  Whether as dynamic freestanding focal points, fascinating living walls or expansive of roof-top gardens—plants are needed for our own health.

Design your building environment with plants.  Plants work!


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Custom Plant Design Creates Productive Building Environment

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By Casey Schmaltz

Would you rather have a fresh, green, vibrant and living commercial space or cold, bare and empty?

What type of building environment are you operating in?

The description evokes an emotional response just reading it.

Imagine involving all your tenants’ senses the moment they enter the building. Plants create an interactive environment with the largest impact for the investment.

Visual Experience

People are drawn to an environment when plants are present. Effective plant design can convey your ideal image and brand message.

Appearance and condition of the property is a top category of evaluation among tenants. The atmosphere communicates upscale, modern and established.

It influences prospective tenants to think, “This is a great place to office.” Visitors want to return to conduct daily business.

Custom plant design gives you a competitive edge and helps increase your bottom line.

Long-term Occupancy

Time spent between work and personal time has become fluid.

Employees spend more hours in their work environment conducting personal business and engaging on social media. They look for a space that offers a place of relaxation and privacy.

Plants accomplish both of these things and are considered an added benefit employers can extend to their staff in your building.

Increased Productivity

Tenants who work in plant-filled areas experience less workplace stress and increased productivity.

Studies conducted by Washington State University showed a full 12% increase including faster response times compared to those who worked without plants.

Being connected with nature raises comfort levels and facilitates teamwork.

Green Building

Plants reduce operating and maintenance costs by balancing the building internal temperature and humidity. They reduce levels of carbon dioxide, dust, pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene and nitrogen oxide. The wellness benefits are proven, and they help Property Managers meet LEED standards too.

Connecting with nature at its roots (yeah…we meant that) allows for healthier, happier tenants and guests.

This is what interior landscaping is all about. It utilizes the power of plants to achieve the goals of building owners and managers.

Ready to experience the benefits?


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