The Canadian ornamental horticultural sector offers green solutions for individuals, communities and institutions that want to create better outdoor and indoor environments, contribute to a healthier planet, improve property values and increase personal health. Ornamental horticulture beautifies landscapes, fosters sustainable ecosystems, enhances energy conservation, reduces the carbon footprint, contributes to health, provides employment and creates wealth for Canadians.
“USE OF ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE PRESENTS CONSUMERS WITH A NUMBER OF NATURAL ADVANTAGES WHICH ADDRESS SOME VERY RELEVANT CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY.”
-The impact of ornamental horticulture on Canada’s economy, Deloitte & Touche LLP and affiliated entities.
Some environmental, economic and health benefits of ornamental horticulture
- Plants remove carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the atmosphere. In one study, 88 trees planted among 14 homes reduced the area’s annual carbon emissions by 42 tonnes.
- Plants improve indoor and outdoor air quality, functioning as atmospheric filters. Two mature trees can produce enough oxygen for a family of four.
- The presence of ornamentals such as trees and rooftop gardens can offset the urban heat island effect.
- Plants naturally filter sewage and wastewater and improve water quality.
- Ornamentals attract birds and other wildlife, contributing to conservation and biodiversity.
- Plants placed strategically around houses and buildings can reduce summer cooling bills by 25 percent and winter heating bills by 50 percent.
- Investment in ornamentals and landscaping can increase property values for homeowners and businesses by 20 percent.
- Gardening is an increasingly popular form of physical recreation among adults.
- The presence of ornamentals can reduce stress, improve productivity and increase quality of life.