Overcome June Gloom: Refresh With Green
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by Alexis Rosales
1M ago
June Gloom in full effect, pictured at the Japanese Friendship Garden It’s that time again. The time when sunny San Diego braces for its annual retreat from the sun. When dark clouds bank the coastal landscape, tans fade, and moods go sour. It’s the time of the year when June Gloom has arrived.   While it might feel dreary outside, it’s the perfect time to bring bright vibes inside. Yes, we’re talking about plants and flowers (do we talk about anything else?). At Good Earth Plants, we specialize in “plantscaping”, offering a range of services that not only enrich lives, but also el ..read more
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The Plantscape Hall of Fame Inducts Jim Mumford
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by Hilary
1y ago
i-Plants Plantscape Hall of Fame We may all endure a lifetime of work, but very few of us are recognized for a lifetime of achievement. The people that stand out prove that passion and persistence are the keys to success. When other people ask, “why?” they ask, “why not?” Jim Mumford is one of these people with passion and persistence – and a love of plants. In his own words, “If I hear “no” or “that can’t be done” it means I try harder. I don’t give up easily.”  In the span of 45 years, Jim has gone from plant & flower seller, to plant expert, to interior plantscaper to global biop ..read more
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Not Your Garden Variety Session at San Diego Green Week’s 2019 Conference & Expo
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by Good Earth Plants
1y ago
Good Earth Plant Company’s Jim Mumford featured on panel discussion planting seeds about the benefits of incorporating nature into building projects. Jim Mumford will participate in a panel discussion as part of the San Diego Green Building Council’s Conference & Expo Oct. 18. Info and registration: http://www.sd-gbc.org SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 10, 2019) – Dozens of studies demonstrate the benefits of incorporating nature into building design to human health and wellness, but doing so is still often seen as a luxury. Jim Mumford has spent more than 40 years working to change this perc ..read more
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Can Green Roofs Save The World?
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by Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
1y ago
We might be underdogs like Rocky when it comes to fighting climate change, but we need to get off the canvas and fight to win. Photo: Jim Mumford Picking up where it left off in 2019, the organization Green Roofs for Healthy Cities focused on resilient cities at its annual “Cities Alive” conference this week in Philadelphia. Nothing would stop me from making the trip east this year to learning from my colleagues about the latest green roof initiatives and building methods. I first discovered Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in 2006. I visited Manhattan for the opportunity to work for a day wit ..read more
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Get High On World Green Roof Day 2022
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by Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
1y ago
When we first installed our green roof at Good Earth Plant Company fifteen years ago in 2007, all the information about the long-term impact came from Europe. There weren’t many green roofs in the United States, just a few in the northern United States and southern Canada. There were very few studies conducted on them, none in our Southern California region. Times change, and we are much more enlightened about the positive impact of green roofs on the immediate environment and their contribution overall. We love green roofs and everything they stand for at Good Earth Plant Company. We have now ..read more
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Celebrating 15 Years and Our Green Roof Is Still Growing
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by Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
1y ago
My original green roof at Good Earth Plant Company in Kearny Mesa, still growing strong after 15 years. Fifteen years ago this month, the first permitted commercial green roof appeared on a building in the City of San Diego at Good Earth Plant Company. Just a few days ago, I ran across the original invitation to our dedication event and even a copy of my speech that day. Today, the roof is still thriving and teaching us something new every day. Looking back on this milestone anniversary, I admit I took a giant leap of faith installing the roof in 2007. But my whole career has been filled wit ..read more
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Things Are Looking Up For Plant Lovers at Good Earth Plant Company
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by Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
1y ago
Our recent “overhead moment” project for Open Air Vintage took advantage of the high ceilings in its warehouse showroom. Indoor plants are having more than a moment. Good Earth Plant Company loves seeing so many people adding indoor plants to their home and work environments. It might be the one good thing coming from the pandemic. Since 1977, we’ve been big advocates for the power of plants to improve the quality of your surroundings, from cleaning the air to clearing your mind. Plants are a lot like potato chips. You can’t have just one. It’s also true plants thrive when they are grouped t ..read more
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Green Roofs Growing Strong at Good Earth Plant Company
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by Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
1y ago
The Good Earth Plant Company green roof in March 2021 after 14 years of evolution. It was 14 years ago this month when the first commercial green roof appeared on an occupied building in the City of San Diego. It was OUR main office at Good Earth Plant Company. You never forget your first! It’s hard to believe it’s been 14 years since we took this leap of faith, although it was made so much easier with all of the expert advice we followed and with the work of the partners who helped make it happen. So a few quick thank yous right at the start go to Ulf Waldman, Robert Thiele, Charlie Miller ..read more
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Grow or Die
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by Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
1y ago
When you’ve been in business doing something for more than four decades, you probably think you’re pretty good at it. The mere act of surviving all the challenges running a business throws at you says it all. Do you think I need a shave? Working hard and playing hard at the Cultivate 19 conference in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Jim Mumford Plenty of people take their expertise for granted, though. That’s the kiss of death. The minute you think you know-it-all is the minute you don’t. I’m a firm believer in new knowledge and growth as one of the key ingredients to success in nearly anything. And w ..read more
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My Blooming European Vacation
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by Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
1y ago
In May, I had the luxury of spending a couple of weeks traveling through Eastern Europe on vacation with my family. It turned out to be more than just a good time. It was an education seeing how our European neighbors view the importance of integrating nature into their environment. Those lessons are well worth sharing – along with a few vacation photos to make the point! A perfect spring garden. Photo: Jim Mumford We began our river boat cruise in Budapest, Hungary, worked our way to Vienna, Austria and concluded our adventure in Germany. Europeans take climate change seriously. It’s a ..read more
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