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PLANTation Services Blossomed in Successful Plantscaping Service

THE PLANTSCAPING BUSIness evolved out of a matter of need rather than greed.

The 1970s were an era of reevaluation, during which many corporations were forced to endure financial difficulties because of energy shortages. Office buildings were constructed with conservation in mind, and corporations began to look for ways to humanize their glass-and-steel housings.

"Buildings became more air tight. People looked for ways to make offices more pleasant, and the live plant accomplished that real well," says Randy Cooper, secretary-treasurer and partner in PLANTation Services Inc., a Little Rock interior plantscaping business.

Cooper says his company can help businessmen bring life to otherwise lifeless offices.

"|Businessmen~ just notice that something's missing and they look for plants," he says.

Cooper's company provides and maintains plants for about 260 clients.

Besides the soothing effect they offer to an otherwise stressful atmosphere, the plants serve as indoor air cleaners, capable of filtering out pollutants from sources such as insulation, office machines and paint.

According to research conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, plants have been found to reduce levels of common toxins such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene. NASA advises the placement of 15-18 plants in an 1,800-SF dwelling or office in an effort to refresh stale air. Plants found to be the most effective pollution fighters include bamboo palms, spider plants, mass canes, dracaena marginatas, gerbera daisies and English ivy.

PLANTation Services grew out of a love for plants by the company's founder, Tina Shelby, Cooper's wife.

Her interest in plants led to her attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she graduated in 1979 with a degree in horticulture.

A month after graduation, Shelby opened PLANTation Services, working first out of her home and then a small warehouse before setting up business at the company's current location at 1208 Look St. in Little Rock.
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Title Annotation:Arkansas Business of the Year Awards 1992; PLANTation Services Inc.'s interior plantscaping services in Little Rock, Arkansas
Author:Taylor, Tim
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Company Profile
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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