Bringing plants inside has been done throughout the ages, but interior plantscapers are constantly faced with different clients in different spaces with different needs. Perhaps if Corporate America had a few more office plants, they'd be a little happier and more productive? Our thoughts exactly. Resources for plantscapers include everything from technical training and advice to how to sell amazing projects with undeniable benefits.

Kathy Fediw August 12 2016

Nearly every business in the horticulture industry has a need to hire temporary or seasonal employees, depending on their “peak season.” The early and late spring planting season is peak for many garden centers, nurseries, growers, and landscape businesses. For interiorscapers, the holiday decorating season is usually the peak season, often requiring hiring additional labor to work ...

Craig Regelbrugge August 12 2016

Horticultural employers across America report that it’s tougher than ever to recruit, train, and retain a qualified and dedicated workforce. This is true for both entry-level laborers and supervisory or technical staff.
We can rant about many contributing factors: the lack of a well-developed work ethic in many young people; a too-generous social safety net that make ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 03 2016

By Mark Ostendorf

While my primary focus is blogging about interior living walls, I think it’s time to identify all the different green wall technologies that exist inside and out. Green wall industry experts actually have specific lingo for differentiating the categories and sub-categories of green walls. So here is a little vocabulary lesson to help you communicate clearl...

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

Falls are the most common accident. How do you prevent falls in the workplace? Read this to find out what you can do.

Bernie Erven October 12 2015

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Fall 2011 OPGMA Today.

“I dread job interviews.” Both job applicants and employers wanting to hire the right people sometimes mutter these words of frustration. The applicant suffers the pressure of finding a job that is a right fit or perhaps is desperate to find a job. Employers simply want to ...

Dr. Raymond A Cloyd September 11 2015

By Raymond A. Cloyd

Mealybugs and scales are major insect pests of interior plantscapes, which includes interiorscapes and conservatories. In these environments, populations are difficult to suppress with insecticides. Host plant range depends on the particular mealybug and scale species but may include herbaceous annuals or perennials, foliage plants, and orchids. Mealybugs and ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

Provided by the Interior Plantscape Connectors

Show Appreciation

  • Extended lunch to 1 hour, but only have them clock out for 30 minutes
  • Have surprise pizza parties
  • Host holiday parties with secrete gift exchanges
  • Give every staff member a birthday card signed by the rest of the team and have a cake/dessert for th...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

John C. Peterson, PhD

The apparent value of plants maintained in interior environments is derived from the fact that there is attractive foliage, flowers, and shoots which enhance and enrich or living and work spaces. We strive to maintain the beautiful appearance of the plant tops, yet a major key to successfully achieving this is linked to the things going on with in the growin...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

Denise Godfrey, 2nd Generation, Production & Sales
Fallbrook, California

Tell us a little bit of Olive Hill Greenhouse's background and history. Why/how did the company start? ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

James M. DelPrince, Ph.D.

Seeking out potential opportunities for professional interiorscapes is demanding but can also be fun, and is accomplished through contact with people, observation of spaces, and exploring potential sites. Good interiorscaping involves embracing good sales techniques; the basic tenet of marketing “find a need, fill a need” remains true. Owners...

AmericanHort will host a webinar to help green industry businesses and HR professionals plan for the 2021 season using H2 workers, J-1 interns, and other common visa types. Come listen to experts who will share informed opinions on what employers might expect as you navigate the approval process for 2021.


This program will feature brief agency updates from Kristi B...

Kathy Fediw, AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame Inductee, 2020 & Mary Beth Cowardin Vice President Membership and Strategic Engagement
In this interview, we will hear from Kathy Fediw, interior plantscape consultant, author, trainer, speaker, and 2020 AmericanHort Inter...

AmericanHort + MPS present Spotlight on Sustainability with Chris McCorkle of McCorkle Nurseries Inc.

How do you communicate the ROI of investing in biophilic design to your clients? How do you talk about your services and fees? What’s the value of broadening your design identity into a brand that includes science? How do you develop relationships with other building professionals and become part of an interdisciplinary team? How do you nurture an internship program?


Take 20 minutes to learn some tips and tricks that take some stress out of poinsettia season from interior plantscaper, Vicky Cate, Evergreen Interiors.

Presented on October 17, 2018

Are your clients asking about moss walls? As awareness has grown, there has been an increased demand for moss walls in interiors. In this webinar you will learn basic moss wall considerations and techniques from Joe Zazzera, who has been building and installing moss walls for seven years. Learn about types of moss, adhesion, and framing as well as how to sell and pricing basics.

What’s eating your plants? Find out how to look for and identify the most common pests on indoor plants, plus a few rarities that can wreak havoc on your plants. You’ll see what these mites, insects, and other pests look like in real life – and up close under a magnifying glass or microscope. Learn where to look, which plants are most prone, the environmental conditions that c...

It’s the middle of winter, so how do I keep my plants and my clients happy? Join Vicky Cate to discover some very simple tricks that will make your clients think you are a magician and the most helpful person they know! You’ll learn how to keep a smile on your and your client’s face and how to keep your plants happy too!