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The wondrous world of plants and how intelligence helps them to survive

2018-03-12T14:14:59+01:00By |How To, Research|

Plants can talk. For a long time, that belief was dismissed as woolly nonsense. But the more we come to know about plants and their properties, the more scientists are becoming convinced that plants really can communicate. And they do that quite ingeniously. Plants pick up signals from their surroundings, process that information and Read More

How plants flourish: the advantages of healthy soil life in potting soil

2018-03-12T14:16:23+01:00By |How To, Research|

It is said we know more about the universe than about the soil beneath our feet. Thankfully, this is gradually changing. A healthy soil is full of life, literally. Full not only of tiny living creatures such as worms and wood louse, but also of micro-organisms such as fungi and bacteria. Together with plants, Read More

Phytoremediation: how plants help restore balance to our environment

2017-12-07T09:43:03+01:00By |How To, Research|

Plants are lovely to see – and they can raise your spirits, as well. But perhaps even more importantly: plants also play a very important role in ridding our surroundings of toxic substances. The world is becoming increasingly urbanised and dirty, in rapid tempo. In cities, smog forms a substantial problem, as do soil Read More

Green has become a product, and green has become mainstream!

2017-11-29T16:35:39+01:00By |How To, Inspiration|

EILO, the European Interior Landscaping Organisation recently organised their third annual excursion, which this year took place in and around Amsterdam. It was especially held in early November to enable participants to also visit the large horticultural fairs. As usual, the excursion started on the Thursday afternoon with a number of inspiring speakers. The Read More

And the air purifying or waste processing champion is….

2017-12-07T09:40:00+01:00By |How To, Research|

Plants are capable of absorbing volatile organic compounds and converting them into nutrients. It has long been known that plants can adsorb substances with the pores on their leaves. In recent years, however, research has increasingly been focusing on the wondrous workings of plant components below ground. Roots absorb toxic substances, to a slight Read More

Voting is open for EILO Best Project Award 2017

2017-10-05T08:13:47+02:00By |How To, Sustainable|

This year, the European Interior Landscaping Organization (EILO) organises the third edition of the EILO Best Interior Landscaping Project Award. Interior landscapers from ten countries all over the world applied with very diverse and very inspiring projects in three categories: Stand Alone, Plant Wall and Interior Landscaping. EILO is a cooperation of national trade Read More

Buildin’Green II: learn to think in cycles, value and health

2017-10-05T13:16:52+02:00By |How To|

2 February 2017 saw the latest edition of Buildin’Green. That is the annual conference that connects the green, sustainable building sector with living green. Every year we choose a venue where this connection is already tangible, literally. This year the choice fell on the beautiful, though for many rather remote city of Venlo. Venlo currently Read More

In Scandinavia, they understand (indoor) greenery!

2017-10-05T14:36:12+02:00By |How To, Inspiration|

This year, the biennial excursion of the European Interior Landscaping Organisation (EILO) was held from Thursday, 29 September through Saturday, 1 October in Copenhagen, Denmark. In all, forty-seven professionals from eleven different European countries took part in the event. On Thursday, we glimpsed the future, via several short presentations, chock-a-block with digital and/or technological Read More

It was all about green, so…… what was it not about?

2017-10-05T14:14:59+02:00By |How To, Inspiration|

If any one thing became clear to us the morning we attended presentations of six studies being conducted as part of the 'Green Agenda' top sector programme of iVerde and Royal Floraholland, it was that green affects so many aspects of life as a whole. Mankind evolved in the savannas so we feel happier Read More

Why biophilic design always pays

2017-10-05T08:40:43+02:00By |How To, Research|

There has recently been a growing interest in incorporating nature into design and building, known in the jargon as "biophilic design". It produces buildings which feel good and in which people feel better. And consequently perform better. In the workplace, for instance, it goes hand in hand with lower sickness absence rates and higher Read More

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