Vanda orchid wins Office Plant of the Year 2012
by Rhiannon James
Vanda orchid credit: Indoor Garden Design
There’s no excuse for a dreary desk now the Vanda orchid has won Office Plant of the Year.
Happy to grow out in the air with its intricate root system as well as its big, colourful blooms on display, the spectacular orchid clinched the title ahead of ten other houseplants.
Sansevieria Mikado, a sleek-looking relative of mother-in-law’s tongue and Ficus Panda, which can be clipped into different shapes, were joint runners-up.
The competition is organised each year by eFIG, the European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups, to help promote the health benefits of plants in offices. A study in 2010 found that just one plant on or by a desk was enough to significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels. Plants can also help to cleanse the air.
“Personally, I love using all three plants but the Vanda orchid not only has all the required attributes but also that extra something when you want to make a real statement,” said Ian Drummond, vice chairman of eFIG and creative director at Indoor Garden Design.
Three plants were voted on to a shortlist by eFIG members and visitors to trade event The Landscape Show and the final decision was made by competition judges Matthew Appleby of Horticulture Week, Phil Evans of Planteria News, The City Planter’s own Rhiannon James and garden designer Claudia de Yong.