Some kinds of doctors still make house calls.
Janet Famme takes care of plants, and she travels to offices and homes as a routine part of her job."Nice-looking plants are aesthetically pleasing," Famme said. "They can be the finishing touch to impress clients and they can also help create an atmosphere that is healthier to work in."
She said tests have shown that plants can clean the air of contaminants and toxins that come with constricted offices, bad ventilation systems and air pollutants such as cigarette smoke.
When Famme moved to Utah in June, she said she felt there was a market for her company, Shibui Environments.
Shibui comes from a Japanese aesthetic concept signifying simplicity, tastefulness and a closeness to nature.
"I really want to see a change in how people `interiorscape' their homes and offices," Famme said.
Famme has a degree in interiorscape and landscape occupations and is a nationally registered horticulture technician. In addition, she worked as a plant maintenance supervisor for a firm in San Diego.
Hiring someone else to take care of the plants in an office has its advantages, Famme said.
"If I am going in once a week, I will know the plants and I won't forget to take care of them," she said. "This also frees up the other people in the office to do their own jobs."
Shibui Environments only needs about an hour a week to maintain greenery in any given situation.
Famme said her company sells and leases plants and will replace them if there are any problems or if they get old.
She said she buys directly from suppliers in California and Florida and, next summer, she is looking at the possibility of opening up a retail store where people can purchase plants.
According to Famme, all her plants are "guaranteed to be in good health and appearance."
She will also inspect and treat foliage for pests or disease, water, fertilize, clean all plants, prune, remove debris, clean plant containers and install them with a topping of moss.
"Each plant has different needs and I can take care of those needs," she said.
For example, Famme said in the winter months, people should cut down on watering because of the changes in temperature and light, and also move plants away from drafts and heating vents.
Famme said she will visit a home or office with a free consultation and also publishes a free, bimonthly newsletter on plant care. For information, call 226-2305.