The judges from the left: Ed Wolf holding the winner, Beaucarnea Bonsai, Claudia de Yong, Matthew Appleby wit h runner up, Ficus Bonsai and Adam Pasco with retro Chlorophytum
A panel of judges gathered at Indoor Garden Design in North London to assess which of eight plants nominated by eFIG members, deserved the title ‘eFIG Office Plant of the Year 2010. And the accolade went to Beaucarnea Bonsai.
The judges – Matthew Appleby, deputy editor of Horticulture Week, Adam Pasco, editor of BBC Gardeners World Magazine, garden designer Claudia de Yong and Ed Wolf founder and director of Indoor Garden Design – felt the Beaucarnea was ‘structural, sculptural with lots of character whilst still retaining practical qualities’.
Its versatility for use in lots of different environments comes into its own especially when a ‘right plant, right place policy’ is put in place. The wide variety of forms in which this plant is available and movement of its foliage also helped the judges to make there final selection.
eFIG Chair Thomas Palfreyman adds, “If every office worker had just one plant on or by their desk, businesses would not only have a healthier workforce but their bottom line could be positively affected. In terms of achieving a more productive staff, this must be one of the cheapest options!”
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