Greenwall Installation | Embassy Suites Hillsboro Or

For this Greenwall installation Blondie’s designer and national account developer Daria Snyder selected a trough system that attaches to a grid structure. Because of this wall’s high visibility, its planter trays that hold 6” plant material, can easily be planted or are accessed easily for plant replacement assuring ease of maintenance and seasonal rotations. This system relies on water wicking technology which has long been a successful method for regulating and extending watering cycles in a commercial environment. The walls dimension is 10’ H x 10’ W and incorporates approximately 200 6” plants. The plant palette was custom selected for the site’s location and relies on the contrast of color and texture of the plant material. This project highlights Blondie’s National Account Program and how it is set up to seamlessly function and manage national and international projects. After developing a design program with the client, we build a team of regional specialists and a local plantscaping company is brought onto the project and trained to assist in the installation and on-going maintenance of the project. By staying on as a project consultant, Blondie’s is able to monitor the quality and success of the installation and is a consistent presence in managing the project. With this type of hands on approach Blondie’s is able to offer custom high quality designs for multi-location and international brands.

Wild over Alliums!

These spring bulbs are dynamite. They are splendid for naturalizing if planted in well-drained soil and their scent keeps rodents + deer at a distance. When inter-planted in a garden they combine well with perennials and add a visual pop of botanical interest. Blondie’s relies on this bulb in our urban gardens as they do such a great job of adding horticultural diversity and seasonal color.
And with this much character….what’s not to love?!

Botanical Guide to Holiday Gift Giving

 

The instantly recognizable poinsettia plays a central role in scores of our seasonal holiday displays. We work with growers year round to ensure we have the highest quality and best possible assortment of poinsettias, kalanchoe and other colorful flowering plants popular during the holiday season. Today, poinsettias are available in a huge assortment of colors and styles. Speckled and rosette varieties with names like ‘Ice Punch’ and ‘Winter Rose’ have joined the familiar red, white and pink standards. Non-traditional embellishments such as glitter add a twist and unique top-dressing and containers help transform a simple holiday display into something exciting and unusual.

Seasonal Plants

Rosemary topiaries or miniature Norfolk Pine arrive dressed up for the holidays and are perfect as gifts for friends, coworkers, clients and employees. White Phalaenopsis Orchids are elegant statement plants perfectly suited for the holidays. Details such as ice branches, seasonal top dressing and ribbon create a bespoke, professional holiday presentation that will be remembered long after.

Succulents and Terrariums

Succulent plants and glass terrariums are funky, unusual options that turn heads and are sure to earn you ‘unique gift’ points. Succulents in the right container can provide a modern and gender neutral gift while terrariums are a distinct curiosity unto themselves and provide something memorable and exciting.

Floral Arrangements

Fresh seasonal floral arrangements can provide drama and flair for the Holidays unlike any other option. Overflowing with blooms and scented greens, floral designers have the unique ability to capture the Holiday spirit using the freshness the season has to offer. Whether a bouquet of bold red amaryllis, or a traditional urn full of pine and seasonal berries, floral arrangements can be customized to reflect the likes and aesthetics of the gift-giver and recipient.

Silk, Replica + Preserved

Another option not to be missed is silk arrangements. Make sure you’re only using top quality silk and replica plant material. Use a company who stands behind their product with a replacement guarantee, and ask lots of questions about what is being recommended to you. Using replica products, designers are able create in ways not possible with live material. This results in outstanding festive design. When treated well and stored properly these arrangements can last years as a consistent reminder of the gifts original intention.

Wreaths + Décor

There are many ways to spread the holiday cheer by creating décor that captures the spirit of the season. A live or replica wreath could be a non-denominational seasonal creation or jazzed up by using a Christmas theme. A container with seasonal branching can be adorned with pine and décor at its base and delivered as a unique and high end gift.

Every year, Blondie’s Treehouse creates gorgeous, unique seasonal displays. We love to brainstorm, bounce ideas off one another, and customize for our clients. The holidays are right around the corner. What can we create for you?

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Trump Tower Transformation

The Trump Tower New York, located at 725 5th Avenue, is a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper in the heart of midtown Manhattan. As part of its public space atrium, Blondie’s renovated the exterior gardens on the 4th floor brick terrace to include additional Japanese Maples and entirely new planting beds. Located primarily in shadow, a plant palette was assembled that best suites the site conditions to provide color and texture. A layering of Japanese Maples, Ilex and Hydrangea provide the back drop for perennials of heuchera, astilbe and variegated hostas. Annual seasonal color was added to the summertime palette to provide additional color. While renovating the garden beds, particular care was given to reconstructing a healthy soil body. The key restoration features that will enable these planting beds to thrive are, amended soil with topdressing, a monitored irrigation system, appropriate plant material and an on-going, routine maintenance program. When taking on a landscape renovation, these factors are the major considerations that will determine the success of your garden project.

Plants in the Healthcare System: The Plantscapers Solution

As professional horticulturalists, Blondie’s Treehouse Inc. has worked closely with healthcare professionals to establish industry standards that maximize the benefits of having green plants within the healthcare system while minimizing the potential risks of soil borne pathogens.

Benefits of including plants in the healthcare system:

  • Levels of dust and other air-borne particles can be reduced by as much as 20% by the addition of foliage plants
  • Live indoor plants convert harmful VOC into carbon-based materials that they then use in the photosynthesis process to make their own food. The resulting byproduct is oxygen.
  • Plants are a beneficial and cost-effective addition that softens the look of a harsh, clinical environment.
  • Horticultural Therapy is a time-tested practice of using plants and gardening tasks to support the recovery of patients of all ages. Research shows that therapeutic gardens actually improve clinical outcomes, often helping patients to leave the hospital faster, take less pain medication, and suffer fewer complications.
  • The tranquility of a garden or interior greenscape is beneficial not just to patients, but to their families and the health care workers as well.

Below are the standard procedures for responsibly introducing plant life into the healthcare system:

 

  • Location.
    • Strategically placed plants in less sensitive areas.
    • Look but don’t touch. Plants placed in hard to reach areas or in extra tall planters.
    • Research has shown that a window view helps alleviate patient stress and improve recovery. This means that plants can be placed in visible areas without having to directly share the patients physical environment.
  • Top Dressing
    • Because all of the pathogens of concern are only active and harmful once air born, a top dressing of stone, pebbles, decorative glass, etc. can provide the needed separation between the air and the soil.
  • Green Walls
    • Installation of a strategically placed living wall can prevent people from approaching the wall and touching the plant material.
    • In a modular Green Wall system a landscape fabric can potentially cover the soil as the young plants are inserted into small incisions made into the fabric.
    • Green Walls can be highly visible to all windows that look upon it, maximizing their benefit.
  • Maintenance
    • It is of upmost importance to have a dedicated maintenance program for every new plant installation. It is through consist monitoring that plants maximize their benefits to the environment. Several key points to having a maintenance program are:
      • Consistency in watering. Plants thrive with consist watering. It prevents them from being stressed out and defoliating and attracting gnats and the like.
      • Dusting. Plants must be dusted and cleaned regularly for the health of the plant and maximize the health benefits to the surrounding environment.
      • For mold to form in soil it requires bacteria from a decaying source such as rotting leaves, consistently damp soil, and little or no light. Properly maintained plants such as those that are cared for by an interior landscape professional will not have the opportunity to produce mold.
      • Proactive care. A trained technician will be able to make the necessary adjustments to the treatment of the plants in order to prevent concerns from developing into a problem.