Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

The History of the Poinsettia

The poinsettia plant is a plant that originated in Central America and flourished in South Mexico. The natives to Central America used the plant for practical use by extracting a purple dye and using it for textiles and cosmetics. The plant would’ve remained in its original area if it weren’t for Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), who was appointed as the first United States Ambassador to Mexico. Poinsett had his own gardens in his plantations in South Carolina but while visiting Mexico he became fascinated with the beautiful red blooms he saw. He sent some back to South Carolina where he sent them to friends and botanical gardens.

One of the friends Poinsett sent the plant to was John Bartam who gave it to his friend, Robert Buist, and he was the first man to sell the plant under its botanical name, Euphorbia Pulcherrima. It became popular under the name of poinsettia around 1836, the name was made up after the man who first brought it to the United States.

The flowers are now known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy night, because they bloom each year during the Christmas season.

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Monday, 18 December 2017 00:00

Join the OPi Team!

Outside Productions International is looking to expand our team with our offices in Naples and Sarasota, Florida. We’re looking for landscape architects and designers to help us out and join our team. The job consists of working on projects that are most LA’s once in a lifetime dream jobs, top-level entry pay, a company 401k plan, 100% company paid individual health, dental and health insurance.

Our company also provides paid training with a business coach on a regular basis. You also get to have a paid week off during the holidays on top of eligible first year vacation time. Not only do you receive all of these opportunities but we’re flexible on time and on occasion you’ll be able to work from home or anywhere you’d like. We also provide you with an unlimited annual company paid carwash pass and a cookie!

If this sounds like the Architect firm for you, then here are some details about the landscaping architect/landscape designer responsibilities:

  • Maintain sufficiency with some assistance in designing and preparing landscape architectural designs and plans by hand with AutoCAD (and other industry standard software). Including but not limited to site plans, planting plans, hardscape plans, irrigation plans, grading and drainage plans and construction documents and details.
  • Assist team members with production of drawings and documents (CAD, Photoshop, Word, Excel, etc) as needed.
  • Maintain sufficiency with some assistance in project management and facilitation.
  • State of Florida landscape architectural licensure.
  • Drafting client-consultant agreements and fee preparation as well as summary of billing weekly
  • Tangible results from marketing efforts.
  • Positive financial and quality control management for projects under your direction.
  • Successful responsible management of multiple projects concurrently.
  • Utilization rate of 80% and meet minimum agreed upon weekly billing goals.
  • Active in professional and client related organizations.
  • Maintain positive client feedback and satisfaction.

We are ready for you… Are you ready for us? Are you ready to love your job and become part of our awesome team?

If so, then follow these simple steps by providing the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Cover letter stating why you would be asset to our awesome team
  • Resume
  • Sample work
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Monday, 18 December 2017 00:00

History of the Mistletoe

We all know mistletoe as the plant that people kiss under but what really is mistletoe? Mistletoe is a plant that grows on trees like willow, apple, and oak trees. It is actually a parasitic plant that grows on branches or trunk of trees and sends out roots that penetrate into trees and take up nutrients. Mistletoe is also capable of growing on it's own and creating it's own food through photosynthesis. The mistletoe we are used to seeing during Christmas grows on trees as a parasite throughout New Jersey to Florida. The plant had always been one of the most magical plants in Europe, it was considered to bestow life and fertility. It was also considered a protection against poison and an aphrodisiac. 

Kissing under the mistletoe tradition started with the Greek festival of Saturnalia but later in the eighteenth-century the English called it a kissing ball because of it's magical appeal. At Christmas time, a young lady standing under a ball of mistletoe cannot refuse to be kissed. If she remained unkissed then she could not expect to be married the following year. Even if that significant has been forgotten you can still find the custom of kissing under mistletoe in many European countries and in Canada. If a couple in love kisses under the mistletoe it is interpreted as a promise to marry as well as a prediction of life-long happiness. Today, kisses can be exchanged under the mistletoe at any time during the holiday season. 

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Friday, 15 December 2017 00:00

Holiday Desk Competition Winner

Outside Productions International had a holiday desk competition in the office to see who could decorate their desk the best. The competitors had a week to decorate their desks and the creator of the best desk received a $50 gift card of their choice. The competition ended on December 8th and voting started on our social media platforms to see which desk was the best. We posted all the desks and you were all able to vote on your favorite desks. All of the competitors put a lot of effort and created their best designs. The desks were each decorated differently and were all unique in their own ways. After a week long voting we counted up all the votes and were able to come up with the winner of the holiday desk competition. The winner of the competition is....

Desk D! Created by Andrea. Her desk was decorated with lights, presents, Santa and his sleigh, and a fireplace. The highlight of her desk decoration was her fireplace that was built out of a box wrapped in wrapping paper and her computer that had a fire displayed on it. Andrea wanted to give a special shout out to her husband for helping her create the fireplace by cutting a hole for her computer to fit in it and he made it a perfectly symmetrical hole. She chose two $25 gift cards that were to Starbucks and Bass Pro Shop for her and her husband to share. Andrea says the reason behind her fireplace is that it doesn't feel like Christmas without a fireplace, which took her 2 and half hours to complete.

Congratulations Andrea on having the best desk, good job to all the other competitors and thank you to everyone who voted.

Happy Holidays from Outside Productions International! 

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

Last Minute Outdoor Holiday Decor Ideas

Still haven’t decorated your house for the holidays? Here we have some tips for you

Every year the holidays sneak up on us and before you know it it’s Christmas. You think you’re going to have more than enough time to decorate your house for the holidays and you keep putting it off. That’s when you realize it’s midway through December and you still have no decorations up. We’ve all been through it and we’re here to give you some tips on some last minute, easy, and quick outdoor holiday decorations. 

  • Your front door is the main entrance and what people see when walking into your house. Add a wreath to decorate your main entrance.
  • Mini Christmas trees also add for great outdoor decoration. Place a few around your front patio and it really adds some holiday presence.
  • An easy decoration for your house could be festive signs. You can hang them around or you can place them next to your door.
  • Adding many pine cones makes your home look and feel festive.
  • You can never go wrong with some garland and fake snowflakes to add to your decorations
  • Adding a holiday door mat is the perfect touch for holiday décor
  • Lastly nothing says ‘it’s the holidays’ like putting lights around the house. Hanging lights, lanterns, and lights for your plants are the perfect lighting for the holidays
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