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What is Interior Landscaping?

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What is Interior Landscaping? 

Interior landscaping is the practice of designing, arranging, and caring for living plants in enclosed environments. Creative Interior Plantscapes calls this ‘interior landscaping’ even though land is not literally being reshaped. ‘Interior landscaping’ is an appropriate term because indoor environments contain plains, angles, and horizons that are softened, accentuated or altered by the addition of plants and planters-thus landscaping the interior. Similar to outdoor landscapes, interior landscapes provide spaces with ornament, color, sculptural elements, focal points, and an overall pleasant environment.

In the trade, interior landscaping is also known as plantscaping and interiorscaping. Interior landscape firms will use one of the three terms or a combination. While interior landscaping is an accurate description of this specialty, plantscape and interiorscape are words that were invented at the birth of the interior landscape industry to define the trade. Plantscape and interiorscape may have originated in the early 1970s as the name of interior landscape companies but have since then become generic phrases that describe the specialty.

Academics and authors tend to be aligned with one term set with their own definition. Richard Gains, AIA the author of Interior Plantscaping (1977), says he uses the term plantscapes to “differentiate from interior landscape office planning.” Gains’ plantscape definition is restricted to plants within enclosed structures. Nelson Hammer, ASLA author of Interior Landscapes: An American Design Portfolio of Green Environments (1999) features gardens inside buildings defined as ‘interior landscapes’. Interestingly, Paul Cooper landscape architect and author of Interiorscapes: gardens within buildings (2003) extend his definition to include gardens that are “open to the air, as well as gardens that, although not contained by the architecture, are intrinsic to it.” ‘Interiorscape’ is also the name of a trade magazine for the interior landscape community. In contrast of the tendency to favor one term, the cover of Interiorscape magazine bears the slogan “interior plantscaper’s most read, most awarded information source since 1981.” While the definitions differ, Interior landscape, plantscape, and interiorscape are synonymous.

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