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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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Mother’s Day #LoveFromDetroit

Shinola goods in front of Boston living wall

The story behind the greenwalls at Shinola stores nationwide. The live plant backdrop highlights the genuine Shinola products at this store. This Mother’s Day, all Shinola storefronts are adorned with greenwalls of live plants and azaleas by Detroit based designer, Sarah Stalker, creative director of Planterra. The display of spring freshness is the perfect backdrop to feature the fine timepieces and handbags at Shinola. The results are beautiful, so we asked Sarah to tell us more about the design and implementation. Let’s talk plants! Vibrant live plants help to accent the vibrance in Shinola’s products. Planterra: Sarah, what were the…

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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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What are the best irrigation methods for interior plants?

Mastering irrigation for building interiors Interior landscapes require a customized approach when it comes to irrigation. One that will keep plants healthy and be thriving indoors. At Planterra, our experts use the most effective technology and methods of maintaining plantscapes indoors. When we ensure more efficient water usage, those practices can help control labor costs, too. Wondering how it works? Start with self-watering planters It all begins with self-watering planters. We recommend a sub-irrigation system for indoor plantscaping. Since the majority of interior plant installations are containerized, sub-irrigation is a reliable standard for indoor plants. It features an internal reservoir…

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How do plants influence hotel star and diamond rating?

Plants can improve Hospitality Industry ratings Working closely with the hospitality industry our team at Planterra understand how to customize the experience using plantscaping. Whether the location is a luxury hotel, retail business or casino, indoor plants and flowers can positively impact the experience. We frequently design and install plants for hotels that meet the hospitality standards for live plants. Plants make a good first impression Indoor plants evoke a sense of luxury – and in any setting make a good impression. When visiting a hotel lobby, for instance, guests report that healthy plants are a welcome find. As long as flower fragrances are…

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