As Featured by Books and Books

FDS Miami Owner, Mark Worsdale, was featured in The Villager's "Gardens of Miami" coffee-table book. The Gardens of Miami book brings readers into magical private gardens tucked behind walls, through distinctive gates and hidden along the waterfront. Miami's unique microclimate allows for an exceptional diversity of plant life and unique opportunity for year-round outdoor beauty.

Miami-Herald Spotlight

"If you could tour Miami-Dade’s gardens, you’d discover unique paradises created by those who have a passion for plants and an appreciation of time and place.

But in lieu of making this trek, you can enjoy The Gardens of Miami without leaving your favorite chair. This newly released book was created by The Villagers, a nonprofit group that raises funds to sponsor historic preservation in Coconut Grove.

A committee of more than 30 members took 2 1/2 years to complete the elegant tome."

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Office Simplicity

There are many options to enhance your working environment that you might find surprising. A little touch of greenery can go a long way for not only your productivity, but your overall well-being. Picking plants and aesthetics can be simple yet effective in bringing out your colors and good energy.

Take a look at what we've done to an office with plenty of file cabinets:

Foliage Design Systems(FDS) used Aglaonema Sparkling Sarah to add a touch of green and red, while maintaining the silver colors of the file cabinets with topsider containers. This is an inexpensive option in adding a good number of plants to your office space.

Plant Maintenance is conducted by FDS Miami on a weekly basis, providing the much needed tender care and watering these exceptional interior plants deserve. Aglaonema is the perfect plant variety for low-medium light levels in office spaces, commercial lobbies, or even personal residencies. 

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#SPLASHION 2015 Event At the Fillmore Miami Beach

Foliage Design Systems proudly supported Miami Magazine and their fashion event featuring Adam Lambert on July 14, 2015. It was the Summer of Color theme that created the tropical atmosphere before the models hit the runway. From a delicious selection of Barton G's famous restaurant tastings to Dylan's Candy Bar, there was plenty of excitement to go around.

FDS shared in that ambiance to bring the theme to life with Areca and Adonidia Palms. With the palms placed throughout the Fillmore, and four of our Adonidia Palms on stage, you always had a tropical feel while sipping on your Vita Coco samples. Once the models hit the stage, the swimsuits were sparkling and the inflatable beach balls were flying. The event came to a close with Adam Lambert in his snake skin suit.

This was an amazing plant rental event that made this theme go full circle.


Plants Provide a Natural Solution to Cleaner Indoor Air

When plants transpire water vapor from their leaves, they pull air down around their roots. This supplies their root microbes with oxygen. The root microbes also convert other substances in the air, such as toxic chemicals, into a source of food and energy. Microbes, such as bacteria, can rapidly adapt to a chemical contaminant by producing new colonies that are resistant to the chemical. As a result, they become more effective at converting toxic chemicals into food the longer they are exposed to the chemicals. It is also important to remember that the efficiency of plants as a filtering device increases as the concentration of chemicals in the air increases. For example, the removal rate of a chemical is much higher at 7 parts per million (ppm) exposure than at 2 ppm. (per study listed above.)

Beginning with the early data published by Dr. Bill Wolverton while and following his work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and including more recent ‘real world’ research lead by Dr. Ron Wood, Professor Margaret Burchett and others in Australia, we now know that several common species of interior landscape plants have the ability to remove compounds such as benzene and hexane in the range of 50% to 75% of the total volatile organic compounds. Internationally respected in the field of air quality reesarch, Dr. Margaret Burchett goes so far as to declare the following. “…to ensure sustainability of the urban environment, satisfying the ‘triple bottom line’ of environmental, social and economic considerations, it is expected that indoor plants will become standard technology–a vital building installation element, for improving indoor air quality.” More at

Plants Fulfill an Ancient, Profound Need...Biophilia

The Biophilic Connection of plants earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment) credits for a recent project currently featured in our LEED Credit Portfolio section. In 1984, Harvard biologist Dr. Ed Wilson named our natural human affinity for nature, biophilia. Stephen R. Kellert, an advisor on prominent green building projects and professor of social ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studies has spent much of his career thinking and writing about biophilia.

In a recent interview discussing his latest book, Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life, he discussed a study underway at the eastern headquarters for Bank of America at Bryant Park [in mid-town Manhattan]. “My colleague is currently working on the study along with a furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller to review the degree to which direct exposure to natural elements might impact employees in the office and factory. They were able to find significant productivity gains, less absenteeism, less health problems, a better sense of well-being as reported by the individuals that participated. And ultimately all of this translates to the bottom line.” More at

Choosing the Right Plant

One of the most important decisions to make when planning an interior landscaping project is which plants to use. There are numerous factors to consider when making this decision. This includes, but is not limited to, the amount of light in the space, walking-traffic patterns, and aesthetic intention. If you carefully consider all of these aspects then you should be able to find the most suitable plant for each and every space.

All plants are considered to be either low, medium, or high light tolerant. This is arguably the most important factor when choosing the right plant for your interior landscaping project as it will often determine whether the plant flourishes or deteriorates over time. Loosely speaking an area can be considered a low light zone if it is more than 6’ away from a window, 6’ to 3’ is considered medium light, and 3’ or less from a window is considered high light. Any area can become a medium to high light zone despite proximity to a window if the correct artificial lighting is provided.When installing plants in a high walking-traffic area, such as an office suite, the traffic patterns must be considered before choosing a plant. Ideally you should place the plants in an area where they won’t often be bumped into or brushed against as this disturbance can contribute to leaf deterioration over time.

However, the reality of the situation is that at least some of your plants will likely be in a high-traffic area and encounter human contact throughout the day. This happens especially when your client has requested a plant in a particular area in order to help direct the flow of traffic. Choosing a more hearty plant such as a Warneckii or a Rhapis Palm as opposed to something like a Spathiphyllum is critical in order to keep replacement costs down and minimize the amount of maintenance required for the plant. Also, the technician maintaining the account should be aware if this is the case and rotate the plant accordingly so the same leafs aren’t getting disturbed week after week.

Once you have narrowed down your selection of possible plants based on lighting conditions and walking traffic, the final deciding factor should be which plant fits best with the overall aesthetic goal of the interior landscaping project. You must consider the size, style, general décor of the space, color of the planter you are using, as well as the rest of the furniture in the area. A plant’s leaf distribution can be more sparse and scattered which is better suited for a modern and minimalist approach (such as a Janet Craig Compacta Cane, Marginata, or Sanseveria). More traditional and warm spaces may require a plant that is bushy and full (such as an Areca Palm or a Ficus Lyrata Bush).