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Communing with Nature: Today’s Hottest (and Smartest) Office Trend


Most of us can agree that being outside, breathing fresh air and just being around greenery has an almost immediate effect on mood and our sense of well-being. It’s why we plan many of our vacations and recreation time around outdoor activities, take up gardening, keep houseplants, etc.

And maybe that’s where we got our wires crossed. As long as “workspaces” have existed, the presence of plants has been the exception, not the rule. Is it because we believed that nature would be a distraction? That a workspace is strictly for work, not for contentment or relaxation? It turns out we couldn’t have been more wrong.

Science weighs in . . .

During an 8-month Texas A&M University study, participants were asked to perform a series of tasks in three distinct office environments: a room with no decor, a room featuring abstract sculpture and a room adorned with flowers and plants.

Here’s what happened: “During the study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants.” 

In fact, men were able to generate 30% more ideas than they had in rooms without plants, while women’s ideas scored higher in the areas of creativity and flexibility. Lead researcher, Dr. Robert Ulrich, noted, “People’s productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, improved – which in certain circumstances could mean the difference between mild and great business success.”

And then there’s the University of Exeter study that found that a workspace that includes plantlife increased its subjects’ well-being by 47%, their creativity by 45% and their productivity by 38%.

Science has spoken: plants in the workplace aren’t merely a trend, they’re good business.

What’s holding you back?

  • Not enough space?

  • Don’t know anything about plants, so wouldn’t know where to begin?

  • Don’t have the time or resources to care for plants?

We’ve got your solution.



It’s time you learned about Sagegreenlife Custom Built-In Walls. Built directly into existing walls (indoor or outdoor), our living walls are connected directly to a building’s plumbing system and continually water themselves through special “drip tubes.”

Not only that, but our patented Biotiles™, made of recycled materials with a core of non-decaying basalt rock fiber, provide all the nutrients their plants need. And because our Biotiles™ are modular, they can be arranged in almost any formation, wrap around corners, hug curves and cover as much or little area as a client prefers.

Bonus: Sagegreenlife Living Walls don’t just improve wellbeing and productivity, they are also stunningly beautiful and will turn your workplace into the envy of anyone who sees it.

For those who aren’t able or don’t wish to take up wall space?



Sagegreenlife’s Verdanta™ Collection of portable living walls look spectacular whether being used as a partition or resting against an existing wall. Complete with a self-contained irrigation system, Verdanta™ walls come in a variety of sizes, are fully customizable and employ the same basalt rock fiber to nourish its plants.

Clients may choose whether they’d like plants on one or both sides and, for those who like even more function with their form, one side can even be turned into an elegant productivity tool by featuring the Sage Productivity Wall writing surface. A standard electrical outlet is all that’s needed to keep these self-sustaining works of art lush and lovely.

Your wish is our design team’s command.

Our team of design pros and seasoned horticulturalists is ready and waiting to help you get started on a project that will literally change everything for your business. The aesthetic transformation will be amazing, while the effect on your bottom line should be nothing less than astonishing. Reach out today to get started.

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