Immortal palms and carefree beech trees are on the agenda this weekend as the Interior Landscape Division of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America convenes in Los Angeles. The contention is that these plants are the ultimate answer for anyone who wants an indoor garden that needs neither light nor water.
These trees and shrubs require none of the essentials of life because they have been put in a state of suspended animation by a chemical process. One might say they have been empalmed.
"As a marketing person, I try to stay away from words like dead and embalming," Robert Hyland confessed. He heads up West Coast sales for the Weyerhaeuser Co.'s specialty plants operation with headquarters in Auburn, Wash. The forestry giant moved into this business last year and already has two trademarks to mark the operation: Inscape, for interior landscape, and Interiorized, for the patented Swedish process that does the preserving.
A competing company, Nature Preserved of America in San Clemente, also established last year, already has trees installed in a number of Marriott Hotel lobbies, in the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan, in the new United terminal at O'Hare, and is preparing to install eight 45-foot palms next year in a new Chicago high rise. "Some of them even keep their scent," Rik Mumma, chairman and president, reported.