February 2011INTERIORSCAPE INDUSTRY COALITION (IIC) WRAPS UP FIFTH MEETING
LIVING WALL DEMO
INTERIOR PALM DISORDERS AND MAINTENANCE
THE 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR FAMILY FIRMS
INTERIORSCAPE INDUSTRY COALITION (IIC) WRAPS UP FIFTH MEETING
The IIC has met at the Tropical Plant Industry Exposition (TPIE) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on January 20 for its fifth face-to-face meeting to discuss matters pertaining to the interior plantscaping industry. The IIC consists of representatives from nine member organizations: Brigham Young University (BYU), Green Plants for Green Buildings (GPGB), Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), Landscape Ontario (LO), National Foliage Foundation (NFF), OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals, Plantscape Industry Alliance (PIA), Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), and TPIE.
Among the topics discussed, Mike Lewis, GPGB representative, reported the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) has given preliminary approval for the inclusion of live plants as part of its proposed 2012 code revisions. More details can be found on the GPGB Web site. Sally Harvey, Landscape Ontario representative, reported that Canada submitted similar changes to the National Building Code (NBC), which, if passed, will go into effect in 2015. However, if the IgCC code changes, the NBC will automatically follow suit.
Jason Cupp, Landscape Industry Certified Manager and PLANET representative, and Mike Lewis, GPGB, shared their experience from the European Interior Landscape Organization (EILO) conference in Amsterdam where they represented the IIC and North America’s interiorscape industry. They discussed, among other things, the code changes with IgCC and NBC, and learned first-hand how the world of interiorscapes is collaborating overseas. “We have a lot to learn from this group,” reported Cupp.
Joe Zazzera, GPGB representative, reported that GPGB had developed a solid LEED credit to be included in the LEED rating system. GPGB met with a technical committee advisor to review the credit, and submittal of the credit hinges on the anticipated adjustments to the USGBC LEED pilot program.
In other news, Sally Harvey was voted chairwoman for the IIC to serve a two-year term beginning in January 2011, while Chris Raimondi, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, will move into the position of past chairman, and Jason Cupp was voted vice chair. The IIC’s next meeting is slated to take place at PIA’s Plantscape Industry Expo in September 2011.
IIC Mission Statement: To increase interiorscaping industry awareness, raise industry professionalism, and promote inclusion of plants in the interior environment through collaborative efforts of participating not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.
LIVING WALL DEMO
By Stephanie Bartron
Hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and high-end residences all over the world are requesting living walls. Designers and architects are specifying them on new projects. And, as the demand for more living plants in our indoor environments continues to grow, living walls present an easy way for you to bring more plants into your clients’ lives — a LOT more plants!
Woolly Pocket Founder Miguel Nelson will show how easy it can be to install and maintain beautiful living walls for your interiorscape clients, as he plants a living wall on stage at the Interiorscape Symposium at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, April 14, 2011!
Nelson will demonstrate the ease of installing Pockets on almost any vertical surface, explain the unique and very plant-friendly way that Pockets handle water, and discuss the benefits of breathable containers. He will also review grower feedback on which plants work best in Pockets and discuss plant design strategies, including adapting the basic “spill, thrill, and fill” concept successfully to living walls. Finally, he will explain the simple but specific maintenance requirements that are important to your plants’ long-term vitality.
From giant building-enveloping installations to small living “paintings,” our Pockets can quickly and easily “green” your clients’ interiors. Please join Nelson as he shows you how!
INTERIOR PALM DISORDERS AND MAINTENANCE
By Lynn P. Griffith
I am pleased to be able to return to Longwood Gardens for probably the eighth or tenth time to
provide a symposium on the ins and outs of interior palm maintenance. Below are a few of the
highlights I plan to cover.
Topics covered will include iron deficiency, salt burn, potassium deficiency, lethal yellowing, spider mites and cold injury. The native habitat of this popular palm and nomenclature issues will also be covered.
This palm’s history dates back to the 1930s in the foliage industry. Disease problems including anthracnose, Xanthomonas, Gliocladium and Phytophthora will be discussed. Desirable light levels and characteristics of some of the cultivars will be included. I will talk about important potting media characteristics for these palms, as well as a little history of how they got into the interiorscape trade.
Fishtail palms are popular in the industry, especially large specimens. Common nutritional deficiencies such as those of magnesium and iron will be covered, as well as how to tell the difference. Boron deficiency and the function of boron and ways to correct these deficiencies will be outlined. I will also talk about Helminthosporium as well as bacterial leaf spots and potassium deficiency, and how to tell the difference between the three.
Kentia palms may not be as popular as they once were, but they are still an excellent interiorscape specimen when grown and maintained correctly. I will cover potting media and waterings, and will relate how the native habitat of this palm affects how they should be maintained. Deficiencies of potassium, zinc, manganese and magnesium will be covered, as will spider mite control issues.
Used as an ornamental for almost 500 years, Rhapis has become a durable stalwart of the interiorscape industry. However, it has a few characteristics that may surprise you. I will talk about the causes and corrections of magnesium and iron deficiencies. The pH is especially important with Rhapis palms. I will also show examples of fluoride and sodium toxicity, and how to relate the differences between the two.
Native to Laos, Pygmy date palms are the little tough guys of the palm world. However, they too have their issues, including magnesium and potassium deficiency, manganese and iron deficiency and surprisingly lack of copper. I will go over insect problems such as Florida red scale and mealybugs. I will talk about sodium toxicity, as well as leaf spot diseases of the durable interior palm.
To hear more of what Lynn Griffith has to say, join us at the Interior Plantscape Symposium April 14, 2011, at Longwood Gardens.
THE 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR FAMILY FIRMS
By Bill Cook
Many companies in the green industry are family owned and operated. There are magazines, Web sites, and consulting companies totally devoted to the complex issues of family firms. They deal with such subjects as working together; competing siblings; children’s spouses; succession planning; federal regulations; tax issues; disagreements on strategy, goals, and tactics; and even on who’s going to take over the top job.
When the economy gets really bad, family business strains can be even more severe. “I used to joke,” says Ted Clark, executive director of Northeastern University Center for Family Business in Boston, “that when times are good and there is tension between family members, a new car will solve the problem, but in tough times, they actually have to address the problem.”
And, in tough times, relatives may have to be paid less or even laid off. William Dunkelberg, chief economist with the National Federation of Independent Business, says that “businesses should not hire family members who don’t earn their way. If you hire a ne`re do well nephew, you are basically giving them your income” says Dunkelberg, “You should be able to pay people what they are worth.”
More than any other issue, decisions about the company’s future strategy creates the most tension, as 37 percent of all participants stated in a Price Waterhouse Cooper family business survey. Most problems arise when leadership isn’t clearly defined or when the strategy and agenda are just ignored.
Author and Consultant Dr. Mark Goulston, an expert in family-owned firms, offers these basic “10 Commandments of Family Business” as a starting point:
- Thou shalt work harder than any non-family employees.
- Thou shalt think of thy company’s needs before thine own.
- Thou shalt not bad-mouth thy company or family to others.
- Thou shalt be accountable and follow through.
- Thou shalt match authority with the responsibility that thou delegates.
- Thou shalt make thy job easy to understand so others can do it in thy absence, and train thy replacement if thou leave thy job.
- Thou shalt move aside when thy security needs conflict with thy company’s growth needs and when fear clouds thy vision.
- Thou shalt remove deadwood early.
- Thou shalt treat thy customers and thy employees better than thou expects in return.
- Thou shalt listen to one’s trusted and respected consultants’ advice or replace them with ones thou trust and respect.
And the law does not prohibit you from displaying these 10 commandments in public places.