The Plantscaper’s Playlist: 12 Mood Boosting Plant Tunes
The interiorscape industry has been abuzz with talks of biophilic design and the inherent bond between humans and nature. We are continually advocating for the inclusion of plants in architectural designs by creating awareness around the health and workplace benefits they offer.
This got me thinking about my personal workspace and what, aside from my office full of plants, makes me feel happy, productive, and motivated. The first thing that came to mind was…music. Many of the tasks I do on a daily basis, whether at work or at home, are done while listening to music. And after conducting a little research, I can honestly say I wasn’t that surprised to see studies showing the health and workplace benefits of music as well.
Did you know that music has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve depression symptoms, improve mood, and increase cognitive performance? Furthermore, studies have found that 88% of people work most accurately when listening to music.
With this in mind, I decided to have some fun and put together a plantscaper’s playlist containing my 12 favorite plant related songs. Enjoy!
1. “Blue Orchid” The White Stripes
As a professional interiorscaper, you probably already know that there are no naturally occurring, true blue orchids. The verse “You took a white orchid, you took a white orchid and turned it blue” is repeated throughout this song. Does this remind anyone else of when the “Blue Mystique” Phalaenopsis orchids first hit grocery stores?
Fun Fact: White Stripe’s “Blue Orchid” music video ranked #13 on Yahoo!’s Top Twenty Scariest Music Videos of all Time. Watch at your own risk.
2. “Wildflowers” Tom Petty
In my humble opinion, Tom Petty needs no explanation.
3. “Scarlet Begonias” SUBLIME
I already know I am going to catch flak over this one. Yes, I am aware this is a cover of an already wonderful Grateful Dead song. However, I love the reggae fusion spin Sublime adds. Give it a chance before sending me hate mail.
And for those that still want to leave ugly comments below, here is the original. 🙂
4. “Flowers in Your Hair” The Lumineers
Fun fact: This folk rock band found their singer through Craigslist.
5. “Violet Hill” Coldplay
Fun fact: I borrowed this CD from the library and am now unable to locate it. I personally believe someone broke into my home and stole only this CD because of how awesome Coldplay is, but the library still wants their $20 lost item fee. Bummer.
6. “Thistle & Weeds” Mumford and Sons
If folk rock is your thing, you definitely know who Mumford and Sons is. If not, check them out. I haven’t heard a song I dislike from these guys.
7. “DAISY CUTTER” 311
This one is a bit of a stretch considering “daisy cutter” is actually a reference to an extremely destructive aerial bomb and not plantscapers such as yourselves deadheading Shastas. But I like 311 and decided to just go with it.
At this point, I am fairly sure you’ve all stopped reading my comments and are now tending to your accounts with your earbuds in. So I will give you songs 8-12 without any further distraction. I’ve also included a little bonus for those of you that stick with me until the end.
8. “Blossom” Candlebox
9. “Monarchy of Roses” Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. “Strawberry Fields Forever” Beatles
11. “Force of Nature” Pearl Jam
12. “In Bloom” Nirvana
Bonus: “Biophilia” Bjork
“Biophilia” explores the relationship between music, nature, and technology. So here you have not one song, not two songs, but an entire album inspired by nature.
I hope you enjoyed listening to my favorite plant inspired songs as much as I enjoyed making the list. Nature has always been such a huge inspiration for creativity. This is just one of the reasons that makes our industry so important.
Have a favorite plant inspired song that didn’t make the list? Add it in the comments below.
Christ, Scott. “20 Surprising, Science-Backed Health Benefits of Music” Greatist, December 12, 2013.
Featured image by Marie Andersson