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Successful businesses must have strong roots and constantly prepare for new growth. Like the plants he rents and nurtures, these principles are the keys to the success of Greenery Office Interiors.

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Founded by owner and president Joanne Young, it has been providing indoor plant design, rental and service for 45 years. Confident in the Calgary market, it has now tripled its space in a new location on Farrell Road SE

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Young taught elementary school children in Ontario before moving to Calgary and, after “stumbled” into the plant industry when it was in its infancy here, he saw a bright future and founded Greenery in 1977.

Since then, it has become one of the leading suppliers in its sector, winning numerous awards for both the company and for Young.

International recognition has been given to the Jamieson Place Winter Garden, where Greenery designed and installed what was at the time one of the largest living green walls in North America. Facilities at Sheraton Suites Eau Claire, Hyatt Regency hotels and several corporate offices have won numerous other awards.

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Young’s outstanding reputation in the community and her creative marketing skills earned her recognition as the Western Region winner of the Canadian Women’s Business Awards. She is regularly called upon to participate in industry forums, write articles on plants for publications, judge competitions and be a guest speaker.

In 2014, she joined a group of exceptional interior designers and founded Pinnacle V. The international peer group works on best practices and invests in the personal, professional and financial growth of their lives and businesses.

His forward-thinking has put Greenery at the forefront of the local office plant industry.

The company was the first to introduce living walls to Calgary, and another new thing that has become a key part of their business is the design and installation of foam walls. Artwork created with eco-preserved Norway reindeer moss, the designs always look soft and fresh. Custom designed for any size, they require no light, water or maintenance and hang in a variety of spaces, especially reception areas.

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And in a few months, fully decorated Christmas trees will be rented out to dozens of offices to enjoy until they’re picked up at the start of the year.

Like many businesses, Greenery has been impacted by the pandemic, but Young says his company has coped fairly well — although some offices have closed, their factories have been well maintained.

Live plants have been shown to be beneficial in promoting employee well-being. Research has shown that introducing plants to the workplace reduces levels of tension and anxiety while increasing creativity and productivity. And plants also have health benefits, including reducing carbon monoxide levels.

Today’s employees appreciate the quality of their work environment. “Having a space with biophilic elements is a competitive advantage for employers,” says Young.

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More and more companies are investing in office factories. Greenery sales and design consultants Angela Perigo and Zaele Parsons are busy showcasing the wide variety of plants available and helping customers choose the best plants for the right spaces.

Perigo is a graduate in horticulture and Parsons is a graduate in interior design. Taking into consideration things like light, HVAC, humidity, height restrictions, and space dimensions, they create proposals with recommended plants and planters.

Much of their success has been with the construction of lobbies, corporate offices, retirement homes and luxury hotels, including recent new client the Fairmont Banff Springs.

Young and his team of 22, including a dozen trained technicians who tend to the plants to ensure they are always in the best condition, are busy bringing beauty and health to the workplace.

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The internationally award-winning Fahr Brewery is bringing its authentic German Oktoberfest “lager than life” back to its Turner Valley operation September 16-17. Owner Jochen Fahr will offer his fine beers as well as food vendors, bands and dancers from Schuhplattler. Turner Valley has plenty of parking, but a shuttle will also be available from the Anderson LRT station. The 3,000 expected revelers will also contribute to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read online at He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at [email protected]

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