Let Nature In
Journaling health and well being with bringing the outdoors inside with
plantscapes, floral arrangements and nature photography
I'm sure you have heard, read, and seen the phrase, " Eat your veggies!", "Eat more fruit!' The phrase was probably first heard your mom who learned the phrase from her mother. Fruit and Veggies equates more optimal health. If you were like me I figured out the art of dodging your vegetables during dinner. It wan't because I wanted to be unhealthy, or that I wanted be rebellious against my Momma. As with many children, I just didn't appreciate the taste and nutrition of fruit and vegetables. Growing into a teenager I started to value the ideal of health. We probably all have a similar ideal of the healthy individual. . . the slim, fashion sleeked person that seems to have it all in life. Although eating fruits and veggies does trim your tummy line and is incredibly healthy for the body and the mind, ( I could write several novels on the extreme benefits of eating more fruit and veggies), appreciating the gift of the earth is more than a taste or a health benefit. It is a piece of who you are and is a reflection of our personality. I adore peaches. I love the sweet taste, the softness of the fruit, and the golden red silhouette hue that glistens when you cut into a ripe delicious peach. Occasionally I sprinkle a little cinnamon or add a pinch of salt. (Don't ask me why I like a bit of salt on my peaches, I just do). My husband loves a salad every day along with his meal. He takes a more conventional approach and believes it is only for his health but when I add a little fresh ginger, or ripe blueberries and cranberries into the mix of his salad I always get a comment of how his salad was really tasty that day. My daughter's are fruit and veggie lovers and I have to say that it wan't because I nagged, or overly encouraged them to eat more healthy. I simply loved arranging fruit and veggies as an art. I do think this simple act created a bit more appreciation for my daughter's to eat more fruit. There are many ways of showing appreciation for fruit and veggies such as giving them as a gift, growing a garden, or educating friends and loved ones of the miracle of a piece of fruit or vegetable. (Did you know The Jackfruit which is native to Southeast Asia is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can sometimes grow up to a whopping 80 pounds?! ) I can choose to make incredible recipes such as the incredible fruit salad that my mother makes or throw a beautiful ripe Gala apple in my bag and enjoy the crisp sweet juicy taste on my lunch break. So when you see the next ad in a magazine or online where there is a person eating a piece of fruit that looks like he or she works out 5 hours a day, is wearing the latest fashion trend and has the world by the palm in their hands. . .remember you are just as entitled to reap the benefits of a piece of fruit or vegetable. No matter your weight, your hairstyle, or how health conscious you are. There are many fruits and vegetables that are for all budgets and it will make you feel better inside and out (literally!) Love yourself and the people around you. Enjoy the gift of the earth with fruits and vegetables.
Veggie and Fruit Tray with Buffalo Cauliflower Dip (for 2-4 people)
Chop cucumber, celery into slices. Arrange all vegetable and fruit on platter how you would with your own creativity. Now EAT
and ENJOY NATURE in cuisine!
Biophilia is. . .well is simply put a fondness and love of life! The term 'bio' of course means life and 'philia' is an attraction of fondness of or for something. As a young child I have always found biology and science fascinating. I know that I'm not alone. Children are always looking to to solve the unanswered question on their minds and I was no different. I grew-up with the silhouette of mountains with each sunrise and sunset and a drive to the canyon was less than 5 minutes. Although I may have grown up near what you may consider the ultimate nature I benefit and appreciate nature the same as my born and raised cityscape neighbor. Like all types of environments whether they are mountains, fields of gold, or skyscrapers abound there will always be. . .LIFE.
The term was first used by Erich Fromm who described the term biophilia as a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital. Edward O. Wilson went on to popularize and write about biophilia as the subconscious connections that people seek with the rest of life. Stephen Kellert went on to research and pioneer biophilia design.
This discipline's goal is to improve health and well-being by promoting connections between people and nature in architecture and surrounding areas. Many studies have been completed and the end result is that we as people benefit being near nature in many ways. We are more productive around nature, more creative, more focused and have better overall health mentally and physically. The sound of a river increases attention, a light breeze on your face stimulates your senses as much as a cup of coffee. In work spaces where there is more exposure to nature there is also less absenteeism. And one of the most known studies from NASA is how common houseplants reduce toxins, increase humidity in the air that you breathe.
There are so many ways that you can incorporate nature in your home, office or space without spending much time or money. Nature can also be a much needed help to our ever increasing technological world. Simply letting more light in your environment is not only healthy for you but can save you money by reducing energy consumption and conserves our environment.
So how can you practice the art of biophilia and increase more health into your life? Here are 5 simple ways to experience the beauty of biophilia.
1. Open your curtains or blinds in the day. Perhaps you may think you don't have time as you rush out the door
but that extra light helps those houseplants, people, pets, and also reduces potential bad bacteria and molds
growing into your home or office.
2. Open your windows during times comfortable weather. Even if it is only for a minute or two. Listening to
the sounds of the outdoors is a wonderful way to be in touch with nature even when you live in a beautiful
cityscape. I promise you will hear more than street cars zipping through the city. Birds, bees, the wind rustling
through the trees and human footsteps walking on a path experiencing a journey.(You might even get
lucky with an aromatic rainstorm.
3. Bring a few houseplants or flowers into your space. Many houseplants can tolerate moderate to low light if
you don't have a lot of windows. Snake plants, pothos, philodendron vines are wonderful plants that
reduce toxins, increase humidity and promote a a sense of well-being.
4. Add furniture that is complimentary to nature. A beautiful wood grained coffee table, a landscape photo, a
beautiful flower embroidered pillow on your sofa. Nature is everywhere if you look for it. As research
suggests, it is engrained in our biological make-up to appreciate and seek out nature.
5. listen to nature inspired music. I guarantee you will find plenty of artists who bring nature into their
music. You can also bring an indoor fountain or a beautiful aquarium with fish and soft sounds of bubbles.
I not only decided to be a nature interior designer because there is a economical need for it in our community, I also
believe in the principles of biophilia and sharing the beauty of the earth with those that share time with me. You needn't reach out to me just because you want to bring nature in your surrounding. Reach out because you believe and love letting nature in!
“We will never be truly healthy, satisfied, or fulfilled if we live apart and alienated from the environment from which we evolved".
- Stephen R. Kellert
Bringing in Nature is really an art. We have been bringing nature in as long as we have been human. Special events such as holidays, weddings and religious ceremonies have been a platform of combining the earth as one with our lives. Flowers and nature are a huge part of weddings and ceremonies. We can't imagine a bride without her bridal bouquet and a groom without his boutonniere. Nature is singing out to bond us together join us in sacred times.
To a wedding planner finding the right balance of nature and insuring that the atmosphere is beautiful, pleasant and comforting is essential. With the elements of nature it isn't hard to find a balance that pleases everyone involved. Here are some tips and advice to help anyone involved in bringing nature in for a special event such as a wedding.
1 - Bringing a wedding to nature by having an outdoor ceremony is an incredible way to make your atmosphere golden. There are lots of wedding that are outdoors in a park, in a beautiful backyard or even a forest! Being sure that the weather will cooperate is an issue. You can accommodate a little light rain with canopies, or any type of cover. Making sure that access is convenient for your guests and accounting for any lovely little flying creatures that might decide to join a special moment is important. You can easily provide insect repellent or burn a few citronella candles if carefully monitored.
2- Bringing nature into your wedding is very possible and is something that many plantscaping companies provide! (My Magic Fern interiorscaping company enjoys bringing nature to you! We deliver and will help you find the right beauty for your special day). Trees, plants, vines, containers, lights, are all wonderful ways to bring nature in. . . and of course FLOWERS! lots and lots of flowers!!. You can also provide potted flowers which is an easy way of allowing your guests or family to enjoy the beauty for a longer time than cut flowers.
3-If deciding to do a DIY there is wonderful ways of bringing nature in. Buying your own potted plants or flowers is a wonderful way to to scratch the nature itch within yourself. Just make sure to again account for any bugs, insects or creatures that might share your beautiful wedding decor as a home. You are always welcome to ask for advice from any greenhouse or anyone at The Magic Fern.
4- Adorn your wedding or special event with photography of nature. With the right frame the environment can be transformed into a tropical beach, a rain forest, or a gorgeous ocean landscape. Many places allow you to rent art and frames.
5- Replica plants and flowers are also a wonderful to incorporate your special day with nature. Replica or artificial plants and flowers is an art and should be valued as such. There are many wonderful arrangements that help you create the beauty you are looking for. You can do a DIY or buy pre- arrangements. The wonderful thing about replica and artificial plants is that you will have them for a very long time. Have a wonderful Wedding!
Patio plants are a wonderful way to enhance your home, office building or environment. Not only do these plants provide beauty and bring us closer to nature but also help balance nature in an urban setting. Many patio plants can help butterflies, birds, dragonflies, and (if you are careful and willing to help a much needed creature in the world), bees. Your patio can be an oasis for wildlife and resource of solitude, pollution free therapy for you and your home, office, or business. Researching the right plants is important for optimal health and growth of your patio garden. Plants such as Coreopsis tinctoria, Cosmos, Impatiens walleriana, Clematis, Hedera helix 'Ivalace, Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold, Pittosporum tenuifolium,Skimmia japonica are just a few of the plants that do well in patio containers. There are also many types of herbs and vegetables that grow well in patio garden containers. The right type of container and medium is important . There are many types of containers such as Terra Cotta, ceramic, plastic, resin, fiberglass, and metals. There are pros and cons to each of the types of containers. Quality Metals and ceramic containers may last longer than plastic, resin, or fiberglass containers but are very heavy and may require help in moving or repairing the container. Terra-cotta containers are also very porous and may not be suitable for plants that need an ample amount of moisture. Make sure you do your research on the plant that goes with your planter. There are many colors and styles to choose from with patio containers. Enjoy the beauty of a patio garden and watch how your love of containers and planters grows!
The Magic Fern welcomed Grove Valley Tower located in Pleasant Grove of Utah with a beautiful plantscape.
We are proud to be apart of the project of bringing nature into one of St. John's Property in the picturesque city of Pleasant Grove of Utah. We are excited to enhance and help Pleasant Grove's community. It is truly a gorgeous building with amazing interiors.
Do you speak the language of roses? I'm sure you do. Our culture has brought the beauty and color of roses into life throughout history for many reasons. Fossil records of the rose species existed some 70 million years in Asia and 35 million years ago in North America. All but one type of rose species have five petals and all rose species have five sepals. Roses carry their hips into winter providing food for birds and give a lovely winter color.
The genus 'rosa' species has had relationship within our cultures. Our Native American tribes gathered rose hips for food as they are rich in vitamin c and made delicious rose hip jelly. The oldest preserved rose specimens were found in the Hawara tombs of Egypt about AD 170. In christianity, the rose's five petals were equated with the Virgin Mary and the thorny crown were placed on Christ's head during his Passion, (the red flowers were a symbol of wordly love and of Christ's matryrdom. This is possibly why red and the red rose have become a symbol on St. Valentine's Day). The victorians used the rose as a symbol of love and passion and is found in literature as way of communicating to one another. Roses have been used for medicinal, perfume, art, landscape and as a symbol of emotion and language.
The history and relationship we have built with the genus 'rosa' is something we cherish. Not only do we cherish the beauty and place of the rose in our world but we can also create appreciation for the many species and types of . . . the ROSE. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Some may ask what is the benefit of having plants in the office or work environment? As an interior plantscaper I get asked that question sometimes , (usually by those who have never had the benefit of healthy live plants in their office or work environment).
The benefits are many. Studies have shown work productivity and creativity increases with office plants. There is less absenteeism and overall well being is improved. If the possible financial gain and better mood isn't enough to win your opinion of having a little 'green' near your desk or workplace there is also increased air quality or IAQ ( Interior Air Quality) with plants, harmful toxins are absorbed, increased oxygen released, and an increase in air humidity which does wonders for your lungs and body. You will build a relationship with nature and reap rewards.
So what plants will do for your workplace? Consider light requirements, (Do you have windows or outlets to plug in supplemental light?) and foot traffic. There are many varieties of plants that handle low light. Sanservia's ( snake plants), trailing pothos, and peace lilies. So go for it and see how you feel after a week or two of letting nature in!
Like fashion styles and trends, outdoor and indoor gardening also evolves with a kind of 'trend' as well. One of the the popular trends currently is the indoor plants of succulents. Succulents such as cacti deserve the notoriety for they are truly unique in their ability to cope in adversity and challenge. Species of succulents are quite often in desert environments but can also survive in sea coasts and dry lakes where they are exposed to high dissolved minerals and water fluctuation that many plants cannot survive around. Their leaves are often thick and waxy giving them the ability to retain water for months of drought and fending fierce pests away. Succulents are truly amazing!
So how would you like to be able to propagate a fantastic botanical creation such as this? (Let me show you a technique! Here are some simple directions to follow in the art of succulent propagation:
Klover Glazier has been plantscaping and working with interior plants and gardens for over 20 years. Klover opened the Magic Fern Plantscapes in 2002 and enjoys sharing the gift of the outdoors and letting nature in. . . .