Astonished to wake up one morning, Steve Woolnough discovered his artificial grass lawn was stolen, in the middle of the night. Woolnough, 54, of Ipswich, Suffolk, had installed himself the 100sq ft fake astroturf grass outside his home. Now left with a bare dirt ground, the charges are greater than four hundred dollars to replace the artificial grass, a premium outdoor lawn that did not require any maintenance.
He said: 'I'm absolutely seething over it, I really am. How dare someone have the cheek to steal what I have had to work hard for. You try and make your house look nice and someone comes along and steals what you have got.'
Forensic experts scoured the area as the thieves left behind footprints footprints.
Woolnough has enjoyed the artificial grass in his lawn garden for six years. Attempts to steal this grass in the past have been unsuccessful due to the heavy weight of the grass mat. However, it seems this plot to steal the grass was planned, beginning to end. Stealing the artificial lawn would have some heavy removal, enough time to pull it up without damaging the grass as well as a get-away-vehicle.
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In a new episode of HGTV’d, designer Genevieve Gorder selects artificial boxwood mats by Commercial Silk Int’l to help transform the upstairs of a spacious Texas home into a chic indoor/outdoor lounge. The 12” by 12” modular square boxwood panels are a choice adornment for flat or contoured walls and ceilings, as noted by HGTV’d host Tanika Ray. The Rodills – whose home underwent the big city makeover – are sure to enjoy not only the stylish look of these faux plants, but also the fact that they’re virtually maintenance free: no watering, no pruning, and no replacing dead or wilting plants required. In addition, Commercial Silk Int’l boxwood mats are produced with proprietary Inherently Fire Retardant (IFR) foliage, which meets national and international fire codes. These stylish – and safe – silk boxwood mats offer a modern aesthetic for virtually any indoor or outdoor setting. Check out below the boxwood mats by Commercial Silk Int’l which are available fire retardant for indoor use or UV rated for outdoor use.
Boxwood Mat Foliage comes in 12” by 12” plastic square panels for use in artificial hedges, topiary balls, and green walls.
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You know you work for an decorative boxwood producer when you notice the background of a premiere party photo shoot before the, shall we say, somewhat hard to ignore figure standing in front of it.
That’s right, the backdrop material behind Paris Hilton for the premier party of “The World According to Paris” is none other than (drum role please): artificial boxwood! [more]
Clearly, a star is born.
All glitz and glamour aside, decorative artificial boxwood has been toiling on the interior and exterior landscaping scenes for a while now, waiting for a big break. It is often used unceremoniously as artificial boxwood mats, or tiled sections that can be easily assembled for almost any occasion. It has been made into durable boxwood topiary plants and trees, as fake hedges, and for sprucing up conference event bars.
Lately, decorative boxwood seems to have found its stride, taking small jobs and parlaying them into bigger, more dramatic roles: lifelike boxwood animals, trendy restaurant walls, large scale casinos, and now the red carpet.
The unenlightened may say that Paris Hilton is responsible for all the attention being heaped on decorative boxwood, but those in the silk plant and tree industry know different. With its U/V protected, fire retardant, and luminous green foliage, boxwood will prove to be a survivor, gracing the biggest stages in a long and successful career.
Turns out man can make better plants and trees than mother nature, as we’ve discovered in the news this week.
that absorb the same amount of CO2 as 90 eucalyptus trees are being tested in Spain
to help reduce emissions from cars and factories. The trees, which look like lamp posts and can be customized to blend in with surroundings -- similar to silk tree cell phone tower concealment
-- have been installed to date in Valencia, Castellon, and Barcelona.
Meanwhile, an innovative artificial plant
product called TouchPot that was recently brought to market
by Aydan Design can harness kinetic energy when its leaves are moved by wind or by people manually turning them. The TouchPot can re-charge portable electronic devices while providing a LED glow for those college kids who want something other than a lava lamp for their dorm rooms.
We reported on the proliferation of artificial plant technology
in an earlier post, such as for hidden cameras, soil readers, and humidifiers. All in all, it certainly seems -- somewhat ironically -- that artificial trees and plants are helping make the world a greener place.
You might be tempted to think that it's the good looking models holding their summery, fruity drinks that make this restaurant cover photo stand out. We at Commercial Silk Int'l and our live plant service
division Plantscape, Inc., think it's the Bamboo trees -- not that we're biased or anything.
The Bamboo trees you see on this recent Minnesota Monthly cover were recently installed in the new restaurant concept Cafeteria
in Uptown Minneapolis, a trendy post-college neighborhood known for it's vibrant nightlife. Determined to create a beach-like atmosphere on a busy city rooftop, Cafeteria proprietors sourced Plantscape, Inc. for Bamboo trees to compliment natural wood benches, umbrellas, and other touches that make for a laid back outdoor atmosphere.
[more]Over the years we've been very fortunate to work with new and innovative restaurants and hotels throughout the world, both indoors and outdoors. A few projects on the artificial side include silk Boxwood mats on the pool walls
of Prime Hotel in Miami, Boxwood cabanas
for the Mondrian, and a giant Banyan tree and a decorative twig ceiling art
for a rooftop bar and lounge in San Diego.
Cafeteria, in our minds, is another great example of how the right plants can help create a vibrant new restaurant concept. It's safe to say that without us they never would have landed the cover of Minnesota Monthly -- right?
Recently silk trees
have made an appearance in Hollywood and the obituaries. Sound incredibly obscure? We thought so too, and here’s a quick run-down.
Initially when we saw Lady Gaga and silk plants
in the same article, we assumed a far-out costume was soon to be referenced, but quickly learned otherwise. Lady Gaga, The current queen of popular culture, unveiled her newest song at Elton John’s infamous White Tie and Tiara Ball. As if Gaga’s costumes weren't spectacle enough, silk trees were used for stage decoration, with performance artists dramatically suspended from the tree limbs.
[more]On a more solemn, head-scratching note, a deer crashed through a church door
in Massachusetts and later died. The panicked animal had broken through glass and cut its neck severely, leading to a fatal end. What, then, ties a church break-in, a deer, and artificial plants together? Apparently, in what you might find in a dark and dramatic independent film scene, an office administrator arrived to find that the deer had used a silk Ficus tree from an office as its final resting spot, laying peacefully among the silk foliage and tree stems.
So to answer the million dollar question that has been sweeping the nation -- What do Lady Gaga and a dead deer have in common? -- we finally have an answer. Silk trees.
This edition of Silk Plants and Trees In The News brings us a few oddball stories from around the country and confirms that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
A reminder that you probably haven’t seen it all comes courtesy of artist Justin Shull. Something in his artist brain told him to construct a mobile shrub rover made of silk plants. The rover, which appears from the video to be able to handle both normal streets and off-road conditions, has a side hatch door revealing a box shaped compartment with enough room to fit a lone driver. No windows, no problem. The roving shrub is also outfitted with cameras and small LCD screens inside for navigation.
[more]Several sparrows have made themselves at home in the McNamara terminal of the Detroit airport. Though the airport authorities have tried to banish the sparrows with "scary" automated bird calls, the sparrows have found the terminal artificial trees too comfortable to leave. Many other techniques like traps, nets, and even birth control have failed to control or disperse the birds, leaving authorities playing the role of Wile E. Coyote. For their next effort, perhaps airport authorities should employ a mobile shrub rover to capture their winged nemeses.
With technology becoming more and more a part of our daily lives it was only a matter of time before the silk plant industry got in the game. As you'll see in the examples below, faux plants are being used as soil meters, humidifiers and cloak and dagger spy tools reminiscent of your favorite James Bond movies. Not surprisingly, the "devices" discussed perform many of the same functions as normal silk plants -- to enhance, shape, or disguise contraptions or sights that are best served hidden.
The Easy Bloom Plus is an innovative device outfitted with technology used on the Mars rover that will bring out the geeky side of any gardner. Outfitted with soil sampling technology, the Easy Bloom collects sunlight and soil readings. The tech savvy gardner can then remove the device and plug it in to a usb port of any computer to analyze the data. The best feature of may be its look, which resembles a real plant and is hard for any observer to detect without knowing it's there.
Having a hard time remembering when to re-fill your humidifier? The Bionic Humidifier will remind you in a familiar and (according to the manufacturer) emotional way. When your humidifier water gets low, the plant will actually sag like a normal plant when it needs to be fed. Fill it up and the plant returns to its healthy, perky self and provides you with a happy plant-parent glow.
If you're looking for new and interesting ways to surveil and gather information from your arch enemies, look no further than Dynaspy, a company that provides silk plant hidden camera equipment. Whether it's a nanny cam, a business surveillance system, or anything else you can dream up, a harmless looking silk plant just may be too outrageous to arouse suspicion.
In each of these cases, technology was used to take silk plants to a new level by combining form and function. Though hard to categorize as a necessity, all of these devices will no doubt satisfy your technological curiosity.
You can decide for yourself whether the iPad is truly a revolutionary device or just a passing fad. We were excited to learn, regardless, that there is a new app game for the iPad called Plants vs. Zombies
. In this tower defense game, your job is to plant a variety of foliage that shoot thorns and other plant-style armaments to stop zombies from entering your house.
[more]On a more sober note, we were reminded of the real life dangers that artificial plants and trees can pose when they are not manufactured with fire retardant foliage. A Marion, OH woman was startled to find that a fire had broken out
in her home after coming back from gathering wood outside. The fire started from an incense candle that ignited an artificial plant nearby. As our own fire retardant plant tests
(video) have shown, artificial plants that are not properly protected can be very dangerous for hotels, offices, restaurants, and other commercial properties. The woman was unharmed and thankful she returned when she did, as her house was not entirely destroyed.
Last but not least, an artificial palm tree
competition was recently held in a Poland village to celebrate Palm Sunday. The annual event saw a new height record
, with the winner reaching 35.1 yards tall. To the participants, the palm trees symbolize both sacrifice and rebirth.