How to Become an Interior Landscaping Designer

There are several interior designers that work in specialty design disciplines, including interior landscaping design. Interior landscaping involves selecting, arranging and caring for plants within a building or home. People who do this type of design work may also call it plantscaping* as there is no actual land involved in this specialty area. Most people have probably seen office buildings with elaborate planted areas in their lobbies. A landscaping interior designer would be responsible for designing that type of area and maintaining the plants in it as well.

What Interior Landscapers Do

Just like any other interior designer, an interior landscape designer needs to work with space, lighting and plants to create a living design element within an office building, a home or in places like hospitals and zoos. The designers have to know which plants work well in the environment they are working with; including knowing which ones may survive the climate where they are located. Ornamental plants, small trees and flowers are often incorporated in interior designs.

Along with traditional designing elements, interior landscaping also requires knowledge of botany and horticulture since plantscaping companies are also responsible for maintaining the plants used in their designs. This maintenance may involve pruning, thinning, watering, feeding and preventing diseases among the plants in these living designs.

Many universities offer degree programs in landscape architecture and design**. Most of these programs offer bachelor’s degrees, although graduate degrees may be offered as well. These programs give students the knowledge they need to design with plants, care for them and they offer information about the type of careers available with their degrees***.

When designing an indoor space for plants, designers need to be educated about which plants work well together in order to keep the area looking inviting and well maintained, otherwise they could inadvertently create an indoor jungle. Creating a green space also requires knowing how to control humidity and temperature so the plants may survive and thrive in an interior space.

The Benefits Associated with Interior Landscaping

The reasons for adding an interior landscape design are numerous. Such designs in retail shopping centers help relax people and make them more likely to spend money as they enjoy the environment around them. Hospitals have such areas to calm and relax patients and staff, plants can help clean the air and they can help increase productivity among workers, partially by helping to relieve stress****.