At Plyroom weekend escapes are a favourite pastime, when hours are spent idly among tranquil landscapes, breathing clean air and exploring fern-draped streams. The feeling of relaxation after such a weekend is undeniable and the benefits well documented and broadly practiced (see our article Nature Therapy).
Though we’d love to resign to a micro-cabin in the wilderness, it sadly isn’t feasible given the stronghold of the city and its unwavering demands (family commitments, extra-curricular activities, work, pets and so forth).
So how do we emulate the blissfulness of natural spaces in our everyday life. Indoor plants.
Recently we acquired two beautiful Ficus maclellandii Alii (weeping fig) from Jason Chongue and his partner Nathan Smith of The Plant Society for our studio space.
They both work to preserve interesting plant species for future generations, sharing within the community the knowledge and skills required to grow them. They believe we are faced with the challenge of time, as older generations hold so much plant knowledge that has been largely unsought by younger people until now. Knowledge that yearns to be unearthed and shared.
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Jason himself has innate love of cultivating with a green-thumb passed down from his grandmother. As an architect and interior designer, he is also well versed in the build environment. We’ve asked Jason to impart with some of his sacred knowledge, sharing ways to integrate greenery into the space.
Images from Pinterest (L-R) Wax Flower Plant, Umbrella tree and Queen of hearts.