Benefits of Plants and Landscapes

Green Spaces are Important
Green spaces consist of lawns and gardens at our homes, parks and sports fields, golf courses, botanical gardens and can be both managed and unmanaged. There are many advantages to having and creating green spaces.

Environmental Benefits
Green spaces benefit our environment. They filter pollutants and dust from the air, provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and reduce erosion of soils and contamination of our waterways. They increase oxygen, act as carbon sinks, decrease pollution, improve indoor air quality, and attract wildlife and other natural attractions.

Lifestyle Benefits
Imagine your local park completely devoid of green -- not a pretty picture! We tend to take for granted the role that green spaces play in our lives. Research has shown that green spaces foster improved mental and physical health and well-being, promote quicker recovery for hospital patients and those in long-term facilities and can promote decreased aggression and violence.

Economic Benefits
Green spaces benefit our economy. They conserve energy by providing shade, windbreaks and cooling effects. Landscaping has been shown to increase property values for homeowners and to be a wise investment for all levels of government. The results are soil stabilization and reduced run-off from open spaces, reduced maintenance for open spaces, increased public safety and greater appeal to tourists.

Take this survey to rate your company on various environmental best management practices for the green industry. Created by Landscape Ontario's Environmental Stewardship committee, the online survey was launched to the green industry on Earth Day, 2009.
Garden Days is Canada’s coast to coast to coast, three-day celebration of our National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.
The greenest of the green industries in Canada is getting ready for a very busy season. Landscape contractors, designers, maintenance firms, lawn care operators, irrigation contractors, retail garden centres, and nurseries across Canada are gearing up for what is anticipated to be one the busiest seasons in years.
Printable high-resolution posters of annuals and perennials that attract pollinators.
CNLA's Public Relations Committee has created a series of colourful posters to help members promote the environmental benefits of landscaping and landscape products. Free to download.

A recent report by the George Morris Centre on the benefits of ornamental horticulture. Available in both English and French, it is a comprehensive review of scientific publications and studies on how urban green spaces provide environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits.

A publication by the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) aiming to answer the question "What is Horticulture All About?".  Information is gathered from various ISHS symposia that happen around the world.
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