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You Buy a Tree, We Plant a Tree!

TreeScapes and PlantWorks are pleased to announce a new partnership with One Tree Planted!

 

We’re known for our beautiful fabricated, replica, and preserved trees for design and décor needs. We’re proud of our creations, but we also love and appreciate living trees. We’re excited to partner with One Tree Planted and increase our corporate social responsibility initiatives.

 

One Tree Planted is an environmental charity, non-profit organization that supports global reforestation. We’re doing a corporate partnership with them, based on their One for One program: when you buy a tree from us, we donate to have a tree planted. It doesn’t matter how many trees we sell – every tree purchased equals at least one tree planted!

 

One Tree Planted helps reforestation efforts in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. They also have a special Million Tree Challenge, which is dedicated to planting trees in California. This hits close to home for us, because our corporate headquarters are in San Diego. We’re excited to help our state heal after the many devastating wildfires that have hit California in recent years.

 

Here’s an explanation of how it works, from the One Tree Planted website:

 

“We pool the donations for each project and send the funds to our reforestation partners. We vet our partners to ensure that we maintain a tree survival rate of 80-90%.

 

Depending on the project, our partners choose the best tree species to plant and work with local communities to get them in the ground. Planting typically happens in the rainy season when the soil is wet and provides optimal conditions for tree survival.

 

Once all the trees are in the ground we send out a report highlighting the impact of your trees. We will be sure to include plenty of pictures of the newly planted section of forest!”

The biggest advantage offered by living trees is their environmental impact. Trees clean the air, remove carbon dioxide, release oxygen, support pollinating insects, and provide habitats and shade to animals and humans. That’s why we’re so excited to help the earth, the air, and all living things that benefit from the presence of living trees.

 

With that being said, there are also unique and environmental benefits to faux trees:

 

      • Conserve water with trees that don’t ever need to be watered
      • Avoid the use of pesticides and herbicides
      • No need to fertilize, weed, prune, or replant
      • Can place trees anywhere, even if there’s no sun exposure
      • Trees stay in full bloom all year long
      • Can conceal wiring, electronics, and structural elements
      • Custom designed and handmade to meet your exact specifications

 

Our preserved palm fronds and palm tree bark encased tree trunks are made with recycled plant material. They are so resource-efficient that they qualify for up to 90% of their purchase price in LEED credits! These trees, plants, and palm fronds are “immortalized” after undergoing our proprietary, fully organic, non-toxic, preservation therapy.

 

We have a thorough process to ensure that all of our products are high quality, durable, and environmentally tested. We’re a leading proponent and supplier of interior, commercial-grade, fire retardant botanicals. Plus, we’re innovators in the use of Inherently Fire Retardant (“IFR”) and Ultraviolet Inhibiting (“UVI”) materials.

Contact us to learn more, or visit OneTreePlanted.org for more details

Happy 30th Birthday to The Mirage!

On November 22nd, 1989, The Mirage Hotel & Casino officially opened its doors. It was the largest hotel in the world at the time, and the first casino/resort built in Vegas in 16 years.

 

After The Mirage opened in 1989, Southern Nevada witnessed a decade-long boom, experiencing construction and population growth not seen in the United States since the Gold Rush of the 1840s and 1850s.”

 

History of Gaming in Nevada

 

Many of our artisans played an important role in creating the artificial plants and trees for the launch of The Mirage. Lifescapes International, Inc. created the magnificent design that included more than 200 preserved palm trees. These, along with artificial plants and trees, adorned the lobby, arching and forming canopies over the walkways. 

 

The preserved Exotic Washingtonia Robustas with natural tree trunks looked real, because they’re made with real palm fronds! Our proprietary preservation systems “immortalizes” the foliage so it maintains its look and shape, but doesn’t require watering or maintenance. The end result was a lush oasis in the midst of the desert, which epitomized the mirage in the resort’s name.

 

These preserved trees are considered by many to have launched the proliferation of palm trees (real, preserved, and fabricated) in Vegas. As noted in the LA Times:

 

“It’s phenomenal. It’s just unbelievable. Every project that we’re doing requires palm trees.”

 

Vegas Landscapes Betting on Palm Trees

 

Today The Mirage remains as one of the city’s premiere attractions.

 

In that time, we’ve created and installed thousands of plants and trees for casinos, hotels, and restaurants, in Vegas and beyond.

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks extend a very happy birthday to The Mirage and all the team members that made this iconic property! 

 

Learn more about preserved palm trees

Learn more and see images of our casino projects

Preserved Palm Trees at The Mirage
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Dispensary Design & Decor – Grass Monkey Cannabis

Cannabis dispensary design & decor is a rapidly growing subset of interior design. TreeScapes and PlantWorks had the chance to help one such establishment, Grass Monkey Cannabis Company, with their dispensary design and horticultural decorations.

 

Grass Monkey recently had their grand opening in South Portland, Maine, and we were called upon to bring some greenery to the space.

 

This was a fun project, because it let us be creative and work on new concepts. There were elements that we use frequently, like faux potted plants in baskets, and hanging vines.

 

Replica fiddle leaf fig trees are also popular, and we created a six-foot-tall version for them. It fit perfectly with all of the other replica plants inside.

 

There are other more unconventional elements, though. Replica boxwood hedges frame a spray paint rendering of a marijuana leaf. A monkey sculpture has a mohawk with our replica grass as his “hair”.

 

The statement piece is an artistic green wall of a monkey’s face, variegated with stripes of replica moss. This company did an amazing job at integrating their brand name into the decor!

 

Our contributions to the dispensary design joined other whimsical elements, like an oversized banana sculpture, and smaller monkey figurines climbing the walls.

 

The interior signage and art all feature graffiti elements, which capture the playful, unexpected, and urban look that Brass Monkey Cannabis Company epitomizes.

 

Dispensaries are a big business that are only growing as marijuana is legalized in more and more locations. That’s why dispensary design and decor is so important for cannabis companies.

 

If they want to become well-known, household names – or even obscure cult favorites – they need to be distinctive. They also have to appeal to their target audience, and the overall design has to make sense for their products.

 

Another challenge unique to this industry is the restrictions placed on exterior advertising. Many dispensaries across America are only allowed to decorate the inside of their space. Others can use exterior décor and signs, but they can’t actually reference cannabis or marijuana at all.

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks are proud to help dispensaries with their decor and design needs. We have just about every variety of greenery that you can think of, and that includes replica cannabis!

 

You might wonder why a cannabis company would want artificial marijuana – especially when they sell real marijuana. It turns out that there are several compelling reasons why faux cannabis is the best choice for dispensaries.

 

Building regulations and federal laws can prohibit dispensaries from growing real cannabis, and the live plants can bring other complications when allowed. There’s a real risk of theft or damage to the plants by enthusiastic consumers.

 

Plus, cannabis plants are known to be sensitive and fickle. They require lots of care and attention, which may include special grow lamps, humidity control, or sterile environments.

 

With all of this in mind, it only makes sense to utilize fake cannabis for dispensaries! We’re happy to assist, with custom designs and products that celebrate hemp in its many forms. If you’re seeking assistance with cannabis dispensary design and decor, we’re here to help.

 

Visit the Grass Monkey Cannabis Company website

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Preserved Palm Trees at MGM Grand

Preserved Palm Trees

Our preserved palm trees set the scene recently at the MGM Grand lobby display! The Eagles “Hotel California” tour kicked off in Las Vegas, and the casino’s mascot, Leo the Lion, was surrounded by West Coast decor.

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks provided the six preserved date palms that surround the iconic gold lion. Preserved trees – and preserved palm trees in particular – are a specialty of ours. They look real because they are real!

 

Preservation Process

Our exclusive preservation process begins with real palm tree fronds and bark. Next, we replace the water within the cellular structure of each frond. We have a proprietary preservative that is fully organic, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and inherently fire retardant.

 

Palms are our most popular choice for preserved trees, but we also offer preserved juniper topiaries, boxwood hedges, and different types of grass.

 

The final products are often indistinguishable from living trees and plants! The main difference is that they will maintain their natural color, shape, texture, and structural integrity for years to come.

 

Representing Hotel California

The preserved palm trees were further accented by our replica kentia palm plants. California style street signs were also added. Each featured a reference to popular Eagles’ songs, including “Hotel California”, “Take it to the Limit”, and “Desperado”.

 

The final touch was a smaller version of the infamous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. The one at the MGM Grand reads “Welcome to the Hotel California”, of course! VegasNews.com reported:

 

“Along with a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the Grand Garden Arena, fans of the legendary band also can memorialize their visit with a unique photo next to the “Welcome to Hotel California” sign specially designed to accompany the famous MGM Grand gold lion in the lobby.”

Head to MGM Grand to Enjoy Eagles-Themed Activations in Anticipation of Upcoming Performances

 

Click here to learn more about our preservation process and see pictures of some of our most stunning preserved palm trees, topiaries, boxwood hedges, and grasses.

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Artificial Green Wall for IPIC Theater

Artificial green walls were in high demand this year, and we’re expecting interest to continue growing. These non-living vertical gardens have some unique characteristics that make them especially great for commercial design and décor. Our recent creation, the Shuma Custom Vertical Garden for IPIC Theater, is a great example of a successful artificial green wall!

 

Hamid Hashemi, CEO and President of IPIC Entertainment, planned the theater’s artistic features from the beginning.

 

“The entire property is inspired by art,” Hashemi said. “We built the space around art.”

IPIC Entertainment To Call Delray Home, New Luxury Theater Open For Moviegoers

 

Our vertical garden is just one of many art pieces created for the theater:

 

“More than a dozen artists were commissioned to create site-specific work for the exteriors and interiors of the theater. On a wall in the lobby, vivid swatches of living* Spanish moss emerge from holes like the remnants of a buried forest, and artist Ernest Zacharevic painted the children that frolic among the foliage.” 

Up Close: IPIC CEO Hamid Hashemi

*It’s actually preserved Spanish moss!

 

The wall features cozy cushioned nooks that are designed for seating, climbing, or lounging. Each nook has a background of preserved moss, along with replica ferns, Hosta plants, and tropical foliage. Zacharevic’s paintings add life and whimsy to this unique piece of mixed media art.  

 

One recent patron told the Palm Beach Post: “I love that wall. I think it is earthy, invigorating, and zen.” Another article by the Post provides more detail on the range of artwork inside the theater:

 

“Inside the lobby of the complex are five floor-to-ceiling murals, about 85-by-15 feet each.

 

Ahead of the opening, people took selfies in front of the artwork, inspired by Miami’s trendy Wynwood Art District.

 

“It’s really a sight,” said Michelle Soudry, a spokeswoman for the movie theater chain. “People are dropping in to see the incredible art.”

 

The modern exterior of the theater includes a “living wall” of vertical shrubbery.

 

“We always looked at building something that would become iconic in Delray Beach,” Hashemi said.

Delray iPic opens this week

 

Green walls, living or artificial, appeal to humans because they connect us to nature. This is one of the core facets of biophilic design, which continues to gain in popularity. Custom vertical gardens and walls offer larger than life, aesthetically appealing displays that are perfect for today’s audiences.

 

A large installation, like the one we created for iPic Theater in DelRay Beach, is sure to impress. People naturally gravitate towards greenery, and a huge wall can make us feel fully immersed in the experience. The large scale also allows adults to feel like kids again. It takes us back to a time when everything around us was big, and life was simpler.

 

Another favorite feature of artificial green walls is how picturesque they are. Social media users seek out places with interesting backgrounds and features that will look great on social media. Many businesses are using this to their advantage, and designing “Instagrammable” exhibits or features.

 

It’s a savvy strategy that drives foot traffic and results in more online brand recognition online. Vertical gardens are also the perfect way to display your company name, logo, or custom message in a big way. Check out our artificial green wall gallery below for examples!

 

IPIC Entertainment has accomplished all of this and more with the design of their Delray Beach theater. Check out our image gallery below, and see a video (at right) that highlights this exciting new addition to the South Florida art scene.

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Faux Tree & Vertical Garden at Paramount Miami Worldcenter

TreeScapes and PlantWorks were thrilled to create a faux tree and non-living vertical garden at a luxury condo community in Florida!

 

Paramount Miami Worldcenter is a dazzling condominium tower that reaches 60 stories, and 700 feet tall.

 

It boasts an impressive variety of amenities for residents to enjoy, including an outdoor soccer field, and poolside cabanas for sale. There are even plans for a 5,000 square foot flying car skyport atop the tower!

 

Our team helped to outfit the Conservatory at Worldcenter. We created a unique Shuma Garden green wall, and an artificial Cherry Blossom tree; the interior design creates a calm, welcoming place that residents can enjoy at their leisure.

 

The Conservatory walls feature intriguing panels of replica plants, alternating with white space. There’s a water feature as well, with a beautiful fabricated cherry blossom tree taking center stage.

 

Before we discuss the faux tree, though, let’s look more closely at the custom-made Shuma Garden green wall.

 

Each panel features segments of replica moss, succulents, and greenery. They’re arranged in a striped pattern that gives a graphic element to the space.

 

Each plant is a different shade of green, with its own unique texture. The faux succulents add pops of color in shades of blue, purple, pink, and yellow.

 

There are six main types of replica horticulturals used for these Shuma Garden non-living green walls:

 

      • Replica Watercress
      • Replica Moss
      • Replica Sedum
      • Replica Echeveria
      • Replica Mangrove
      • Replica Chinese Evergreen – Silver Queen

 

The walls catch your eye quickly, but it’s the fabricated Cherry Blossom that ties it all together. The dark brown trunk is surrounded by replica moss and set within an infinity edge reflecting pool.

 

Thousands of fabricated blossoms, in shades of white and pink, give the tree that signature Cherry Blossom appeal.

 

It is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly realistic! There’s one part that we made purposely unrealistic, though: this tree will bloom all year long, instead of the brief 1-2 week bloom that natural Cherry Blossoms experience annually.

 

The Conservatory is further accented by a wall of windows, so residents can take in a view of the city as they unwind. Curving, nature-inspired furniture and lighting make the space both sophisticated and welcoming.

 

This beautiful space is just one of the many amenities available to residents. The developers bill it as “the tower with the most amenities in the world!” Given all that we’ve seen, we have to agree!

 

Click here to visit the Paramount Miami Worldcenter website

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Can Fake Outdoor Trees Help Save Honey Bees?

A Facebook fan recently suggested that our fake outdoor trees could help the declining honey bee population. He commented on an article about how man-made honey bee hives are based on an old design, and they’re not the best environment for bees to thrive:

 

 “Despite the importance of nests to honey bees, the hives we build them bear little resemblance and have few of the properties of the natural tree nests European honey bees evolved with. In the 21st century, we’re still using hives designed in the 1930s and 1940s, based on ideas from the 1850s. Natural nests were only scientifically surveyed as recently as 1974 and research into their physical properties only began in 2012.”

 

To Save Honey Bees We Need to Design Them New Hives

 

John W. on Facebook said:

 

…We have been creating artificial trees for decades…. They could easily be modified to suit the design parameters that are described in this article. A company like International TreeScapes, LLC are world wide leaders and could do this as a student design project….

 

After that comment, we had to look into the matter further. We admit it never occurred to us that fake outdoor trees could help the bees! It may be a real possibility, though. It’s definitely a worthwhile endeavor:

 

“Managed honey bees are the most valuable pollinators in terms of agricultural economics. These hyper-efficient insects can provide pollination to virtually any crop.

 

Almonds, for example, are almost entirely dependent upon honey bee pollination. Without honey bees, the harvest of blueberries, squash, watermelon, and other fruits would be greatly reduced, driving up prices and disrupting the marketplace.”

 – The Value Of Pollinators To The Ecosystem And Our Economy

 

Man-made hives lack properties that honey bees prefer in their natural environments. The artificial hives are shorter and wider than those in nature, and they have large entrances that allow beekeepers to reach the bees and honey. 

 

Current methods of beekeeping are helping to spread a devastating parasite known as Varroa Destructor. Honey bees need high humidity environments, but the parasite prefers the low humidity environments found in man-made hives.

 

Honey bees prefer tree hollows that offer tall, narrow space, and a small entrance near the bottom. This helps to keep the hot air inside the hive, giving them the humidity that they need.

 

The bees then “strip off outer layers of bark to smooth the walls, then seal and coat them with propolis or ‘bee glue’ made from tree and plant resins in preparation for building wax honeycombs.” – Types of Natural Beehives

 

TreeScapes can easily design and create fake outdoor trees that have the dimensions and features that appeal to honeybees. We already create specialty products, like treehouses and cat trees for pets, so why not bee trees? The challenging part would be making these spaces accessible to beekeepers.

 

We currently lead the industry in the use of faux trees, plants, and hedges to hide electrical equipment, conceal structural elements, and provide discrete storage. These designs could be modified to meet the beekeeper’s needs.

 

Another option is to create these trees solely for the purpose of rewilding honey bees. The main purpose would be to increase natural honey bee populations. Beekeepers could then harvest the honey once the colony moves on or dies naturally.

 

California apiculturist Michael Thiele is doing just that:

 

“Thiele’s method consists of hollowing out logs and strapping them high on tree trunks to mimic bees’ hives before they were domesticated. He also sometimes suspends them from barn rafters or perches them high on wooden tables for a similar effect.”

‘Rewilding:’ One California Man’s Mission to Save Honey Bees

 

We’re still considering the best ways to accomplish this, and we welcome your feedback! What design would you use for fake outdoor trees to help save the honey bees?  

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