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7/06/2010

Daily Garden: Google’s Googleplex Garden and the Trend Towards Corporate Gardens

It is a popular trend in Corporate America to build and offer company gardens. They are places where employees can spend coffee breaks with their hands in the dirt (if they want to). Participants can observe the growth of and harvesting of produce that is often used in company cafeterias and the benefits are increasingly a way to increase morale in a trying economy where raises and cash incentives are more scarce.

I am completely intrigued by the trend — as a business opportunity , but also as an exciting trend towards cultivating more gardeners. So, for the next few days, I am going to give over the daily garden to company gardens. First up is a peek in to Google’s Mountain View Headquarters garden.

It is called the Growing Connections Garden and features heavy use of EarthBoxes which seem to appeal to the scientific minds in the company. Among other technological advances, the EarthBox uses Sub Irrigation Technology (SIP). SIP employs a reservoir at the bottom of the container that waters plants at the root for higher yields with less water.

Their campus also features some other interesting corporate planting and landscape architecture.

google growing connection garden

 

google growing connection garden

 

images from upward bound summ…., Never Wood High, Diane, East Tennessee Wildflowers, googlified, and Tammy Camp.

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  1. Laurie Brown says:

    That’s really cool that companies are doing that. I had no idea! It’s especially cool that the food in the company lunchroom becomes *truly* local!

    I have to say, though, that the orange & yellow table & chair set looks like the teacup ride at Disneyland….

  2. Harriet says:

    this is fantastic. I agree with your business idea concept. Great find!!!

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