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More than aesthetics with living walls and green roofs


October 15, 2013
By Landscape Ontario

Oct. 15, 2013, Toronto – A presentation on living walls and green roofs
will be among the highlights of next week’s Garden and Floral Expo at
the Toronto Congress Centre.

Oct. 15, 2013, Toronto – A presentation on living walls and green roofs will be among the highlights of next week’s Garden and Floral Expo at the Toronto Congress Centre.

“Living walls and green roofs are the ultimate in efficiency and environmental design right now,” says Chris Raimondi, CLP, of the Raimondi Horticultural Group. He will present the seminar.

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“The more we live indoors, the more our internal body mechanisms desire a tie back to nature. When we surround ourselves with natural plants, we are providing much-needed resources that bring humans closer to our natural environment.”

During his presentation on Oct. 24 at 12:30 p.m., Raimondi will discuss a common sense, practical approach to living walls. He will outline the benefits of having people work and live in close proximity to plant life and provide insight on incorporating more green into our urban world.

Living walls and green roofs may invoke images of massive structures, but these are projects that can also be done on a much smaller scale. Not every living wall has to be in a commercial building, and they can be installed in an apartment space. Even a small area in a kitchen can be used for an herb garden.

“We are seeing this trend more and more in restaurants, where they are growing their own herbs for their dishes,” says Raimondi. “There is no reason why people can’t do this in their homes. You can’t get fresher or more organic than that.”

However, Raimondi also points out that there are more ways to get closer to nature than living walls.

Any natural plants in the home and workplace will carry benefits. He suggests creating clusters of plants around specific areas of design, for example in the living room or in the reception area of an office.

“Plants have been proven to increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, increase oxygen levels and filters toxins from the air,” he says. “Those benefits can be had in any room. To get a plant in every room should be the goal.”

Garden & Floral Expo 2013, hosted by Landscape Ontario, opens Oct. 23 at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building, and closes the following day.

Click here for more information on Expo or one of its associated events.

Follow Garden Expo and Landscape Ontario on Twitter @LOexpo, and @LOevents.


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