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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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What is that Palm-like Plant?

Bamboo Palms in the Reagan Oval Office. The palm is an interior design classic, versatile and widely utilized to adorn spaces ranging from plush stately parlors to slick corporate office lobbies. This botanical family of plants are known for their fronds, trunks and stems. There are many plants that resemble palms—some of them even have the term “palm” in their name, but they may not be palms at all. We’ve put a list together to help you identify which plants are palms, which are not and how you can tell the difference. INDEED, a Palm! INDEED, A Palm! Adonidia PalmINDEED,…

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How can plants improve air quality?

How can plants improve air quality? Plants can benefit your health – and it isn’t just possible when they are rooted outside. Bringing plants indoors can actually improve the quality and health of the air that surrounds us. They carry both practical and aesthetic benefits when planning an indoor plantscape. How indoor plants clean the air Plants clean the air through the process of photosynthesis. As humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, plants do the opposite. They absorb light, carbon dioxide, and water to manufacture sugar. This chemical process creates oxygen as a byproduct. Regardless of how…

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Why you should buy holiday décor for your office building in January

Like all who decorate for the holiday season, business and building owners often wait until well into the year to consider their holiday displays. It may not be obvious that the global holiday décor supply chain follows an annual import calendar. It starts in January for the holiday to come. Trees with ornament high density make an impact. That’s why pre-ordering décor in the first quarter of the year guarantees style selections and saves several layers of costs that would otherwise be added by importers who speculate on styles and warehouse the goods domestically. Understanding the cycle also makes the…

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