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Plantscaping Nationwide: Planterra partners with local contractors

Noted as the market leader for interior landscaping in Detroit, Planterra has quietly built a portfolio of national accounts throughout the United States and Canada by partnering with local contractors.  In this Q&A with Shane Pliska, president of Planterra, we learn more about how this works and why Planterra is a solution for corporations and institutions with a national footprint. Planterra President, Shane Pliska Q:        What is a national account? A:        This is a client that has multiple locations across a wide geographic area.  These clients are dedicated to the cohesiveness of their brand and take every detail of their…

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Dreamy Rooftop Garden in 3 Steps with a Planterra Pro

Rooftop gardens are steadily gaining popularity as city dwellers seek out ways to reconnect with nature. Planterra Plantscapes Creative Director Sarah Stalker considers them some of her favorite spaces to design. Green rooftops provide a sanctuary in an urban environment. “Rooftops are often untapped opportunities to create peaceful retreats, exciting entertainment spaces and vantages for awesome city views,” she says. Planterra offers a three-step process to transform a rooftop into an urban oasis: Make a rooftop site visit This is an opportunity to discuss a client’s ideas, goals for the space, and style inspirations – as well as how involved…

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The Best Plants for Offices with Florescent Lighting

Not all offices have big windows that allow for a plethora of natural sunlight.  This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all the benefits office plants bring. Indoor plants are not only beautiful, but they are known to improve air quality, reduce stress, increase productivity and just make you all around happier. Work with an interior plantscaping expert to reap all the rewards of office plant design. There are a handful of low-light tolerant plants that can be sustained under florescent office lighting, so you can get all the wellness benefits while you’re working. Lighting for plants in corporate offices and…

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New White Paper on Lighting for Interior Landscaping

Atrium with ample lighting for interiorplantscape

The most comprehensive lighting guide for sustaining plants inside buildings When it comes to providing natural light indoors, what’s good for plants proves beneficial for all of us. New research suggests that live plants are the canaries of our modern workplace. “By ensuring the proper amount of natural light indoors to support plant life, it’s possible to support a healthy and productive environment for people, too,” said Shane Pliska, president of Planterra. Pliska explores these concepts in depth in the newly-released Planterra Lighting Guide for Interior Landscape Design. It is the first and most comprehensive guide for lighting plants inside buildings,…

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How to Source Unique Tropical Plants

Tropical Plant Procurement The Sealing Wax Palm has brilliant red crownshaft and is rare in North America. In 2011, Planterra sourced these palms for installation at Queen Elizabeth’s Official Canadian Residence, Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Ornamental acclimated tropical foliage is a specialty crop grown for use as houseplants and for commercial interior plantscape installations. These plants are selected and hybridized for specific characteristics, the kind that makes them successful plants to use indoors. The number of growers who specialize in plantscape grade foliage is small in comparison to other ornamental producers. Their geographic concentration in south Florida makes the supply susceptible…

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