The Health and Benefits of a Vertical Garden

There are many ways to improve an office or working space, from furniture selection through to lighting solutions and technological transformations. The use of green spaces is one of the best ways to bring your interior to life, with the biophilic design used to create valuable connections with nature in the modern built environment. Only when we understand our deep and fundamental need for nature can we create the working spaces we need to thrive in the contemporary world.

Regardless of where or how you work, vertical gardens are one of the easiest ways to improve your daily outlook and enhance your quality of life. There are also a number of environmental and economic benefits associated with vertical gardens, which are capable of making any space more attractive and magnetic. Even the smallest vertical garden can have a significant effect on how you work and interact with the world around you.

 

Valuable connection with nature

As cities become more crowded and lifestyles get more hectic, people are missing the natural connections that are so important to our health and well-being. With almost 66% of the global population predicted to be living in urban centres by 2050, creative solutions are needed now more than ever before.

Vertical gardens are an ideal way to receive natural inspiration on a daily basis, remembering our roots as we embrace a new and exciting way of living. When we find the right balance between nature and technology, we’re more productive, more creative, and much more likely to be healthy and happy.

Environmental benefits

Vertical gardens are so much more than just an aesthetic solution. Whether it’s a vast garden traversing multiple floors or a small office wall installation, vertical gardens are just as good for the planet as they are for your health and well-being. When placed accordingly, vertical gardens are capable of filtering pollutants, reducing the carbon footprint of a building, and reducing heat absorption.

Vertical gardens can also act as a soundproofing barrier for high and low-frequency vibrations, making them an ideal solution between offices or on exterior walls. Not only will vertical gardens improve insulation and save you money on energy bills, you’re also likely to get a warm glow knowing that you’re doing something positive for the planet.

 

Increased biodiversity

Modern urban environments can be cold and grey, and often feel dead compared to natural spaces. It doesn’t have to be that way, however, with vertical gardens and other biophilic designs capable of increasing biodiversity and improving quality of life. Whether it’s making a valuable habitat for birds and beneficial insects on exterior walls or creating sustainable food sources indoors, vertical gardens increase biodiversity on every scale.

Even a small garden on a shop wall can give you access to flowers and herbs, something that will inspire your customers and staff on a daily basis.

Economic benefits

Vertical gardens have been shown to increase foot traffic in retail spaces. Because so many urban areas are ugly and uninspiring, people will always gravitate towards beautiful natural spaces. While the benefits of this are easy to see in the competitive world of hospitality and retail, even office spaces will become more productive when people genuinely want to spend time there.

According to a study by Washington State University, people working in an environment with plants were 12% more productive and less stressed than people working in an environment without plants. This has a number of flow-on effects for any business, with a happier and less stressed workforce more loyal and less likely to have time off.

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