Located at the Seletar Aerospace Park, this purpose-built facility had ambition landscaping requirements for its site. The original outdoor ground conditions were challenging. The soil was of lateritic clay, and typically only supported scrub-like vegetation.
Addressing the soil condition led the design team one of two solutions. Either the imprevious harsh soil condition had to be tackled, or go completely unaddressed. An ongoing maintenance budget and time is always of concern, and outdoor artificial plants provided a turn-key solution that would minimize the challenges that the soil condition presented. Artificial tropical plants would, in addition, eliminate the need for landscape maintenance and could withstand and harsh weather conditions. Planting live plants would be less expensive upfront; however, this option would present many challenges:
- The levels of the site had to be properly graded to allow the rain water to drain well.
- The large volume of storm water from the extensive roof surface had to be channeled into concealed storm water drains (swales) to mitigate the effects from the deluge of tropical monsoon rains.
- The natural diversity of indigenous plants is to be preserved and was expressed in the plant selection.
Thus, Commercial Silk International's array of outdoor artificial plants included tropical and colorful trees and fake plants, as well as plastic ground cover plant shrubs.
The landscape detail submission comprises of drawings, all of which had the client's blessing:
- The grounds levels grading
- Artificial plants selection guide for the fake shrubs and trees
- Perspective drawings and renderings of the finished landscape design plans
In selecting the outdoor artificial plant solution, the design team was able to eliminate the need to render:
Streetscape and Plant Selection
- Working drawing of the swale
- The profile drawings of the soil mix
The roadside and perimeter trees selection is extremely varied comprising of a good mix of artificial tropical trees and plants. The intention is to create the diverse depth of tree species typical of tropical rain forests.
The design brief required that the site be suitably planted with large areas of fake ground cover plants interspersed with a variety of low decorative plastic shrubs.
What better place for an artificial fruit tree than the produce aisle of a supermarket or grocery store? Lately we've received many requests from grocers about constructing artificial fruit trees for retail environments, and it's so obvious it makes too much sense — why not define and design store aisles with artificial fruit trees where people are purchasing fruit and vegetable products? Also, since live trees carry the risk of harboring insects and other elements unsafe around food products, artificial is the only way to go.
[more] From a design standpoint, artificial fruit trees are visually stunning. Yet there are functional design benefits as well. The trees create and define unique spaces within grocery stores, in some cases actually providing aisle spacing. They create scale, shape or hide unsightly views, and promote a healthful and green feeling that resonates with mothers.
Fruit trees can come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties, and the most popular are Orange, Apple and Citrus. Smaller trees and those placed in real plant containers, like in this store in Chicago, can be moved for cleaning and re-shaping of spaces.
Overall, artificial fruit trees can go a long way toward providing a memorable customer experience and encouraging repeat visits. Just remember that if you see a tree on your next trip to the store — don't eat the fruit!
In Brockton, MA this week, a judge ordered a car wash owner to remove artificial grass he had installed on his business property, citing the dictionary definition of landscaping in his ruling. The owner had installed it because of how impractical and expensive it was to maintain real grass in his place of business, and is vowing to appeal the decision.
Artificial plants and trees continue to be popular choices for water parks and aquatic centers where live plants are difficult to maintain due to pool chemicals, mistreatment from people, and unnatural moisture levels in the air. Commercial Silk's project at the Southeast Missouri State University Aquatic Center was featured recently, with flattering images of very authentic looking artificial palm trees.
Most people know that silk comes from silkworms, but not many people know that artificial plants are often made from silk as well. Looks like all that plant eating by silkworms is, in essence, creating more plants, albeit the artificial variety.
Silk Banana trees compliment a tropical theme artificial landscape. The silk Banana tree manufactured by Commercial Silk Int'l has an authentic natural wood stem and broad, exotic silk Banana leaves. Our artificial Banana tree has clusters of artificial Banana fruit. Use a silk banana tree in faux landscapes for hotels, hospitals, malls, and casinos or for a theme venue with a tropical ambiance. Artificial Banana trees can be crafted in any size ranging from 4' to 24' for your project's specifications.
In addition to tree size and Banana leaf variety, it is important to consider fire retardant foliage for faux landscapes. Understanding the fire code requirements for an artificial Banana tree can often be challenging and confusing. Every State adopts their own fire code and in fact so to does every municipality. In an effort to help our clients answer the question of whether or not a particular State will require them to use fire retardant foliage, we asked the following question of the Office of State Fire Marshall for each State. Visit our web site for complete details on our fire retardant regulations, including silk Banana foliage.
What is Themed Foliage?
Themed foliage is the process by which a designer selects a pallet of artificial foliage from hundreds of foliage varieties in order to be used in combination together to create a desired theme.
What types of themes can be created with foliage?
The most typical theme is a tropical theme and is mostly seen at themed restaurants and entertainment venues. Additional themes include; north woods, wilderness, southwest, asian and more.
For commercial settings and themes, a flame resistant foliage is usually a regulation. Our imported flame retardant artificial foliages are available in many varieties for all of your landscape design needs.
How are the foliages used to create the theme?
The artificial landscape designer will be experienced in the art of both design and manufacturing in order to create the desired theme. The designer must know both how a single fire retardant foliage branch can be used individually in the display as well as how the foliage branch can be used in the crafting of a larger themed custom tree or plant. Often times the designer will need to know how to use a multitude of different materials including epoxies, urethanes, foam and paint to manufacture the finished artificial plant on-site. In addition, the designer will need to be aware of the many crossover applications of trees, plants and foliages.
A Maple tree for example, depending upon its color, shape, and density, can be used in a residential boulevard setting, a forest diorama, a winter scene or a graveyard. Boxwood has been applied as ceiling and wall applications in this whimsical underground lounge as well as formed into topiary shapes that sculpt an English Garden. Customization of products, either by the manufacturer or on site is critical in achieving the desired effect. Commercial Silk's landscape design team has worked with architects as well as scenic fabricators to developer some of the most pronounced flame resistant wildlife themes to lush tropical themes with our fire retardant foliage varieties.
Don't Hold Back
Planning and executing an indoor rainforest using artificial Palm trees isn't for the timid at heart. Think dense and diverse plants and trees, exotic and dangerous species, and thick air you can cut with a knife. Think waterfalls, estuaries, and bold toucan colors. While you may not be able to procure replica parrots, your artificial Palm trees should be just as exotic and varied as the rainforest you're aspiring to replicate. Like most endeavors, you'll get out what you in. Building a rainforest with silk Palms is no exception.
Go Palm or Go Home
Palm trees vary throughout the world, from the coconut Palms of Florida and the desert Palms of California and the middle East, to the more rainforest specific Palms of the Americas and Asia. A combination of Areca Palms, Fishtail Palms, and Bamboo Palms, for example, will provide a richly authentic rainforest look indigenous to Asia and the South Pacific. We can provide you with a brief history of Palm trees to help choose the varieties in your landscape.
To accentuate your Palm trees, select a few artificial plant varieties to round out the theme.
Know The Fire Code
Don't design your rainforest and discover that it won't pass state fire code requirements. Instead, sort it out beforehand. Make sure to use fire retardant foliage and study fire codes throughly, as most states will be very particular at the time of inspection. When it comes to choosing a fire retardant artificial plant there are a few choices: inherently fire retardant foliage or topically fire retardant foliage. See a fire retardant requirement guide for more information.
The odds are that, if you're designing a rainforest exhibit, you'll be installing in a high end museum, eatery, or other attraction. Allocate a dedicated team of seasoned veterans to get the job done quickly and expertly in order to ensure the project is constructed without interfering with other business generating activities.
Silk Schefflera Arboricola is modeled after the live plant more commonly known as Umbrella plant, an Evergreen shrub native to Taiwan and Hainan. The live Arboricola plant makes it's appearance typically in the form of a multiple stemmed bush, although single stem trees, braided stem trees and Arboricola bonsai forms are also popular plants. Leaf color and pattern in a living dwarf Schefflera plant range from a dark green leaf to variegated varieties of green with creamy white leaf edges. The glossy leaves are dense, and seven to nine leaflets gently fan out forming a "rounded umbrella". A real Arboricola displays orange-yellow fruit in the winter.
[more]Commercial Silk Int'l designs and manufactures silk tree and plant forms of the Schefflera Arboricola using our
The small Arboricola tree
can be built from 5' to 8' high, and we have mastered replicating the characteristics of the live Arboricola plant features. The dwarf Arboricola bushes can be created in smaller sizes. However, our foliage is only available in green, and not available in a variegated variety. Perhaps a silk Ficus bush with variegated foliage would be another plant possibility. The Ficus foliage has a pointed tip, unlike the round Arboricola leaf but it is very versatile. Silk plants require less maintenance than live plants do - just a light annual dusting. No need to worry about insects, watering or trimming.
Decorative branches from Commercial Silk Int'l have become a new collection consisting of many popular decorative tree branch varieties that continues to expand with exclusive items. Our selection of tree branches, poles, stems and trunks are harvested from natural wood, and our team disguises any natural blemishes that are undesirable. Our decorative tree branches can be purchased as cutback trunks or they can be purchased in a natural tree form, original to a harvested branches.
Our growing collection of branches includes stems from tree varieties such as Birch and Cedar, and our team custom manufactures decorative wooden stick art forms from hand-selected tree branches in large quantities. Our varieties of tree decor are endless, so if your project theme calls for an usual variety of natural wood, our team can locate tree branches to your size and specifications. Harvested wood branches, both rustic and contemporary, are used to theme many venues. Our latest decorative branch project was a rooftop bar that used the tree branches as custom lighting fixtures.
Our decorative tree branch collection is not to be confused with our silk leaves and branches collection. These branches are imported and most often carried in stock for your theme foliage venues. Popular varieties here are molded from silk, polyester and pvc, and are used to manufacture silk trees. These branches are also inhibited with either our Class A fire retardant chemicals or our UV resistant chemicals for indoor and outdoor applications. Here, you will find silk Cherry Blossom branches and artificial Palm branches.
So whether your decor can benefit from Birch poles or tropical Palm foliage, contact us for an array of silk tree branches today!
Live plants are often the first choice for corporate or business office settings. In many cases, though, silk plants and trees are a more appropriate option. The following is a run-down of environmental, maintenance, cost, and other factors to take into consideration while planning your next commercial interior landscaping project.
Installing silk trees in a lobby area is an effective way to make a good first impression on visitors. At the same time, these areas are often drafty and subject to temperature swings, making for poor conditions for indoor tropical plants. Silk plants, meanwhile, are durable, weatherproof alternatives for casinos and other commercial projects.
Live plants require proper lighting conditions. Silk plant products, in contrast, are a viable choice for darker conference rooms, offices, or other indoor office settings with little available natural light.
Hard-to-reach areas and areas with electrical equipment can be precarious for maintaining live green plants. Silk plants and trees don't require watering and other routine maintenance that could put your staff in potentially dangerous situations, making them a safer alternative.
Live tropical plants can be very heavy due to the weight of the soil and water they require. When the load bearing capacity of an area is a concern, silk trees are a much lighter alternative. As an added benefit, they can also bolt securely to the floor.
Maintenance is an important part of the health of green plants. In private offices, and secure areas, this can pose regularly scheduled maintenance challenges. Here, low maintenance silk plants are a smart choice.
Creating an attractive theme requires authenticity. Sourcing indoor tropical plants for jungle or rainforest themes, though, often requires placing palm trees and other tropical species in an unnatural setting, leading to high maintenance costs and continual upkeep. In contrast, silk versions are a low maintenance and truly authentic looking when constructed by a reputable manufacturer; in addition plants can be used to define spaces and provide scale.
Last, live plants require watering, cleaning, fertilizing, pruning, and disease and insect control treatments. Silk plants only require light dusting from time to time. Although installation costs for Replica plants are typically a bit higher, their lower maintenance costs make them less expensive over the long haul and worth considering for your next commercial project.
Fishtail Palms, native to Asia, Indonesia, and the South Pacific, now also grow in Suriname as well as in nurseries in southern Florida. The living Palm tree has slender stem clumps that grow to thirty feet high. Mop-like clusters of flowers develop from the top of a mature Fishtail Palm, and subsequent flower clusters continue to emerge below. The flowers appear in threes, one female flower in between two male ones. Because the Fishtail Palm is monocarpic, the stem dies after the cluster has reached the ground. The Palm clump survives this process as numerous suckers grow at the base of the Palm, producing more stems.
Fishtail palm trees are named for their exotic triangular leaflets, which can reach nine feet in length. The leaves are deep green and leathery with a ragged edge, and Fishtail is the only palm with leaves that are subdivided twice. Similar to other palm trees however, the Fishtail palm tree cannot be pruned back to reduce height, as new growth comes from a high central growing point.
As a leading silk tree and artificial plant manufacturer, our team designs and manufactures silk Fishtail Palm trees at our Minneapolis, MN location. We've designed both a silk Fishtail Palm and a Giant Fishtail Palm tree which is modeled after the living Caryota Mitis Palm. Our silk Fishtail Palm trees can be crafted with our inherently fire retardant foliage, to insure consistent fire protection for your project's specifications. Our silk Fishtail Palm trees are so unique and realistic, our silk Palms and other trees are complimented because they really appears alive and healthy. Our silk Palm leaves resembles the tail fin of an ornamental fish, just like the living Palm, and our silk Palm fronds are light and airy. Fishtail Palm trees are a dominant artificial tree in many faux landscapes. In addition to premium grade foliage specifications, our silk Fishtail Palms are built with natural wood stems.
Silk Palm trees add a wonderful tropical element to indoor habitats. If your commercial project specifies for distinct fake Palm varieties in addition to more common varieties - like Bamboo Palm or Kentia Palm, our team of designers and silk tree manufacturers can implement a custom design for your space. Many faux landscapes have already been emnhanced with a tropical themes that include our Fishtail Palms.
Our team has a combines 50 years of experience in installing our silk trees and artificial plants. We can help you take your tropical themed project from blue print stage to grand opening! We now offer a great source of specification files created in CAD, available by request for Architects and Designers, which include elevation views and plan details.