The weather is warm and overcast, in Dublin anyway - perfect weather for doing a spot of gardening! But if your garden is looking a little 'drier' and 'crispier' than usual, help is at hand...
Rachel Doyle joins Olan in studio this afternoon. Rachel is the Managing Director of the Arboretum Garden Centre in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow and is also the President of the International Garden Centres Association, the first Irish President in fact!
She’s a busy lady as she’s also the woman responsible for bringing their Congress to Ireland in two weeks time when 230 Garden Centre Owners from 21 different countries will descend on Ireland.
She joins Olan to chat about the Annual Congress, tell us about productive plants that help us become better workers - and to answer your gardening questions!
If you have gardening questions for Rachel, you can text them to 51551 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The product that Rachel mentions to help keep potted plants moist is called Swell Gel (www.swellgel.co.uk).
The Arboretum in Carlow
The Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow, is a family run business on a ten-acre site, employing 76 staff. For further information, including directions to get there, please visit www.arboretum.ie.
PRESS RELEASE: Productive Plants - Desk plants proven to increase employee productivity and reduce stress
We all know that plants have many great benefits, including being good for the environment, creating clean air, healing properties etc. but a study* has revealed that our green friends can in fact have more of an impact on our daily lives than we first thought! Plants have now been proven to be a contributing factor to increased employee productivity – the study shows that those who have plants on or around their desks respond positively and it is reflected in their work productivity.
According to a study by Helen Russell**, not only do plants have the ability to improve the air quality indoors, they can also reduce stress which, in turn increases productivity. This study showed that those in an environment surrounded by plants suffered from a lower level of stress than those in an area without. It was also discovered that those in an area with plants, recovered quicker from stressful scenarios and situations than those without, meaning they could get back to work more efficiently.
Focus and attention span were other aspects investigated in a Journal of Environmental Horticulture*** study. It was found that indoor plants aided employees to complete their work more efficiently and with more focus and that productivity increased by 12%.
* The NASA 'Clean Air Study'
**Helen Russell, Surrey University
*** Journal of Environmental Horticulture, Washington State University Study
Here are just some plants recommended as office or desk plants:
This one is perfect for counter tops or high shelves due to its low maintenance nature and fondness of shade – it will even survive in your windowless cubicle!
Proven to be one of the top plants for purifying the air and getting rid of excess carbon dioxide, the philodendron only needs to be watered about twice a week and therefore is the perfect office companion.
This is a great indoor plant – not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it is also a great source of clean air. A study carried out by NASA showed that this peaceful plant improves air quality in its surrounding environment.
These pretty perennials hail from the Mexican deserts and are used to warm, indoor climates. Not only are they attractive to look at, they are both disease and pest resistant and require little watering – in fact, the most common cause of death for Yucca’s is by over-watering.
Cacti are a well established member of the team when it comes to office plants! These prickly plants are often seen on window sills and desks in workplaces due to their near self-sufficient nature. Just water them occasionally and make sure no one pricks themselves on their spikes.
The Annual Congress of the International Garden Centres Association is an annual Congress held for one week between August and October, each year in a different host country. This comprises of a business meeting, which elects officals and administers the affairs of the Association, a concentrated business study tour and an excellent social programme. For further information, click here.