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Greenery Office Interiors Ltd has been awarded a Grand Award for its
Winter Garden installation at Jamieson Place in the 2010 Annual
Environmental Improvement Awards Program sponsored by the
Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).
The 22,000 sq ft space, called the
Winter Garden, was created to be a contemplative andrestful gallery
type space in a modern and minimalist style combining art,
sculpture, water,and lots of green including a Living Wall.
The Living wall, which is 1950 square
feet, consists of over 20,000 plants with over 20varieties, is the
largest Interior Living Wall in Western Canada.
“To be involved in a project that has
been noted as “the
Interior Plant Scape Installation ofthe Decade”
has been a real thrill,
says Joanne Young, President of Greenery
OfficeInteriors. The recognition of this project, the Winter Garden,
and our company is now worldwide. We look forward to many more
interesting and exciting projects in Calgary.”
Greenery Office Interiors Ltd
adds this award to
others collected in the past few years forthe Sheraton Eau Claire
Suites, Fluor Canada, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the NexenAtrium.
Greenery, a locally owned and
operated company, has been providing top quality plants andplant
care to corporate clients in Calgary for over 34 years now.
PLANET’s Environmental Improvement
Awards Program reflects the association’scommitment to creating and
preserving the beauty of our landscape. The program isdesigned to
reward interior plantscaping professionals who execute superior
PLANET strives to increase public
awareness of environmental improvement throughcontracted interior
plantscaping and encourages the consistent use of quality materials
PLANET is the association of members
who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE incommunities across
America. With more than 3,500 member companies and affiliates,
thesefirms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green
This is the second award that
Greenery has received for this project. earlier this year the
project was presented with an Award of Excellence at the CalScape
Awards presented by the Plantscape Industry Alliance (PIA).
More information is available at
December 9, 2009
THIS IS POTENTIALLY
MONUMENTAL FOR THE INTERIORPLANTSCAPE INDUSTRY
CEO of USGBC seems
to like the idea of green plants in interior spaces!
Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of the US
Green Building Council (USGBC) spoke recently at the University of
Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service and in the question and
answer segment, someone in the audience asked him a very
important question on behalf of "McRae" and I'm assuming that's
"our" McRae as that's not too common a name.
"Based upon the principles of evidence based design when can we
expect that the USGBC will begin to include points for products that
improve occupant health and well being, such as green plants and
After deferring the question to a
colleague for discussion, Fedrizzi responded to the question with
the following: "I have no doubt that there will be a very strong
plant based ethic there at some point" and he even pointed out
a live plant at the back of the room. He also mentioned biophilia
and a study which indicates that hospital patients with a view to
nature/plant life experience a faster recovery than those without.
This is indeed a movement in the
right direction for our industry and I hope that we can maintain the
momentum necessary to get the USGBC to include live interior plants
in their point system.
Thanks to whomever it was for posing
the question and thanks to McRae for "asking" it and while you're
thinking about this, perhaps you should pop on over to the
Green Plants for Green Buildings website and become an investor
in the future of your industry.
Let's discuss this further on
If you'd like to watch the video of the
entire speech you can view it at
October 20, 2009
INTERIOR PLANTSCAPE COMPANIES EARN GREEN EARTH--GREEN PLANTS
This week two companies earned their Green
Earth--Green Plants business certification. Congratulations to
Mike and Karin Senneff of Plant Interscapes, Inc. in Texas, and
to Nicole McHenry of McHenry Plantation, Inc. in Costa Mesa,
California! Both companies have proven their commitment to
operating their businesses in an eco- friendly manner.
McHenry Plantation has worked closely with
their landlord to transform their facilities into an
environmentally- sound building to conduct their business. In
addition, McHenry Plantation uses recycled products to clean and
stage their plants. They also use recycled paper, email most of
their invoices and recycle nearly everything they use.
Plant Interscapes has offices in San
Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Houston and they are the largest
business to earn their Green Earth--Green Plants certification
to date. Plant Interscapes is very active in their local
communities, and Mike Sennerff is currently the treasurer of
Green Plants for Green Buildings. Plant Interscapes uses
subirrigation systems extensively on their accounts which
drastically cuts down on the need for water, fertilizer and
Congratulations to both companies!.
For more information on this program go to
or email Kathy@JfaConsultingBiz.com.
JUNE 1, 2009
INTERIOR PLANTSCAPERS TO BENEFIT
FROM PLANET’S NEW INTERIOR E-MAGAZINE
Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recently announced the
launch of its new
PLANET News Interior. This monthly e-magazine will
deliver interior-focused articles; business solutions from
PLANET’s human resource, public relations, and legal
consultants; and best practices shared by industry peers. The
magazine is just one of several initiatives underway to better
serve interior plantscapers.
PLANET has also been instrumental in the formation of the new
Interiorscape Industry Coalition (IIC). Made up of 10 interior
industry organizations, the Coalition’s mission is to increase
interiorscaping industry awareness, raise industry
professionalism, and promote inclusion of plants in the interior
environment through collaborative efforts of participating
organizations. The Coalition’s next meeting will be held on June
26, 2009, at PLANET’s Summer Leadership Meeting at Skamania
Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.
CLP, president of Raimondi Horticultural Group, member of the
2009/2010 PLANET Board of Directors, 2009/2010 PLANET Interior
Specialty Group chair, and IIC chair is leading the charge with
2008/2009 PLANET President Jason Cupp, CLP, CEO of Highland Outdoor.
Their goal is to re-energize PLANET’s interest in and support of the
interior plantscaping segment of the green industry. “There is a
genuine spirit of unity in the industry that we haven’t seen
before,” says Raimondi. “Hopefully this is the beginning of an
ongoing dialogue that will uncover exciting
possibilities for all of us to work
together to educate industry professionals and create a better,
common understanding of the industry as a whole.”
PLANET will be introducing a new membership category that
specifically focuses on PLANET benefits geared toward interior
companies. Details about this new e-membership will be forthcoming.
For more information about PLANET’s new
interior initiatives, e-mail
Cecilia Riek-Whitham or call the
PLANET office at (800) 395-2522.
PLANET is the association of members who
create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across
America. With more than 3,500 member companies and affiliates,
these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green
APRIL 28, 2009
Announces the 2009 Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame Inductees.
The 2009 Plantscaping Professional is Richard Parker. Richard
grew up in the green industry, just a couple of minutes away from
his parents’ wholesale greenhouse. He graduated from Texas Tech but
returned home to New Jersey to take over the nursery’s newly
established interiorscape division. With his wife, Vicki, he began
to grow Parker Interior Plantscapes, Inc., into the successful
company known to the industry today. The company diversified into
four divisions – Parker Interior Plantscape Inc., Parker Holiday,
Parker3D, and Parker Urban Greenscapes. For 30 years, Richard Parker
has led Parker Interior Plantscape Inc. It is one of the largest
privately-owned interiorscape companies, with excellent employee
retention – 17 of his employees have been with the company for over
20 years. Parker’s achievements include two awards from the White
House, a Maxie award, developing the first flame retardant trees,
training a Japanese company in interiorscaping, and consulting
Steve Wynn in Las Vegas. Richard is a member of many industry
associations and has been a contributor to several publications.
The 2009 Allied Trade Professional is Tom Acklin. Tom has
always been a strong supporter of the interiorscape industry. He
graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s in
business administration, and initially worked with artificial grass
putting greens before moving into other types of artificial plants.
Known for his natural-looking artificials, he started Autograph
Foliages back when an artificial plant was created from plastic and
vinyl. Tom worked with factories in China to promote the use of fire
retardant materials in the manufacture of artificials. Autograph
Foliages is a family business, with five of Tom’s six children
involved in the company. Tom has participated in a variety of
industry organizations, including the American Floral Importers
Association, SILK Trade Show, National Interiorscape Network, and
the Professional Landcare Network.
The 2009 Posthumous inductee is Todd Bachman. Todd had an
early exposure to horticulture. He grew up working in greenhouses
and overseeing crops with his relatives. He graduated in 1968 with a
bachelor’s in horticulture and a minor in business administration
from the University of Minnesota. Todd loved working in the green
industry – the people, the flowers and trees, the products and
services. He worked hard as a chairman and board member of many
boards, including the Minnesota Commercial Flower Growers, Society
of American Florists, North Central Florists’ Association, Ohio
State Florists’ Association, American Floral Endowment, Yoder
Brothers, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Foundation,
and Hortica Insurance Company. He was a strong supporter of his
community through his faith and through the establishment of the
Todd and Barbara Bachman Chair in Horticulture/Floriculture
Marketing at the University of Minnesota. Todd passed away in the
summer of 2008 at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
APRIL 20, 2009
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APRIL 1, 2009
Interiorplantscaper.com introduces GreenChat™
GreenChat, our new Interior
Plantscape Industry Discussion Forum has officially launched. You
visit GreenChat™ and register with your name and company
name to post to the Branches.
WOW! After just three days, we now have
over 50 registered GreenChat™ Members. How Cool. If you've got a
colleague whom you think would be a great addition to our community,
please don't hesitate to tell them about
APRIL 1, 2009
PLEASE WELCOME BARB HELFMAN TO Interiorplantscaper.com™
Times they sure are changing! The economy is challenging,
to say the least and you must be quick to respond to your clients
needs and the ever changing market. We're changing too here at
Interiorplantscaper.com and with this issue, we welcome Barb Helfman
as a Contributor to the Interiorplantscaper.com community.
Look for additional Contributors and
more frequent issues of our web-zine in the coming months!
March 15, 2009
INTERIOR PLANTSCAPERS LAY GROUNDWORK FOR NEW COALITION
The second gathering of the new Interior Industry Coalition (IIC) was held
on January 16, 2009, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, at the Tropical Plant
Industry Exhibition (TPIE). PLANET representatives at the meeting included
PLANET President Jason Cupp, CLP; PLANET Interior Plantscape Specialty
Group Chair Chris Raimondi, CLP; and the specialty group’s staff manager
James H. Johnson.
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