Washingtonia Palm Interior Boston Zoo

Boston, Massachusetts — Six massive twenty foot plus Washingtonia Palms arrive at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo, courtesy of the Pliska Family, the owners of Planterra. “We are thrilled to have found such a perfect home for these specimen palms” says Shane Pliska, President of Planterra. The palms wight over 1,000 pounds and were acclimated under shade for 7-months prior to the installation. They were shipped 1,500 from Homestead, Florida via semitruck. The Franklin Park Zoo is “very enthusiastic about the development of the horticulture department and the tropical forest” says Mr. Stan Morris, Landscape Supervisor for the Tropical Forrest. According…

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Planterra is taking orders for large scale tropical plants for your patio.  These spectacular full-grown tropical plants that were originally grown for posh hotels and resorts are now available for your personal deck or pool.   These patio plants bring life to outdoor spaces.    The elephant ear plant is known for its wide leaves. We are offering drop off delivery in Michigan; serving the Oakland County, Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.  We can also provide planters and installation services.  Look at the Planterra Patio Plant Program and contact us to book your order.        Gardenias make beautiful blooms in the warm…

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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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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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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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