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Horticulture Digest

Date Last Edited:  08/24/2001

Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service

Horticulture Digest #102

People-Plant Facts

Research has shown:

A well-maintained landscape adds 7 to 14% to the value of a residential property.

The single, largest, contributing factor to the selection of a retirement community is the quality of the grounds.

That a view of trees may reduce the recovery time in the hospital after surgery by almost a full day.

That interior plantscapes can provide a 7 to 1 return on the annual dollar investment at tourist sites.

The quality of the plant material in a community contributes to the feeling of satisfaction in living in that community.

Over 88% of American feel that trees and flowers in a city are important beyond their beauty and pleasing appearance.

Over 40% of Americans find that being around plants make them feel calmer and more relaxed, a particularly valuable attribute in cities today as tension reduces worker productivity.

Landscape design and proper maintenance play a significant role in perceived and real security as related to crime prevention.

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