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Meet Mike Rivers of Cityscapes in Back Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Rivers.

Cityscapes is a company that transforms people’s lives with the power of plants. It began as interiorscaping company, which is a company specializing in the installation and maintenance of indoor plants in corporate buildings. The owner and founder, Jan Goodman began the company, first called ‘Fleurtacious’ in 1992.

Fleurtacious also installed seasonal holiday decorations and display as another means of revenue.

Cityscapes has grown to where it is today by installing some of the most viable, well-designed and highest quality live plant installations in the city. Word of mouth recommendations, customer service and responsiveness, as well as award winning plant maintenance have also been factors in Cityscapes success.

They are also a woman-owned company that does a great deal of charitable work, which are both qualities they are extremely proud of. Giving back to the community is something they make very easy for their team, through planned company-wide events. It is something that attracts employees and clients alike and has also helped them to grow.

Cityscapes has more recently become an enormously successful installer of living walls in the Boston area, even being awarded national contracts with a couple of clients. On top of that, their sustainable ‘living art’ pieces are a greener alternative to fresh cut flowers and a great deal more unique and beautiful.

Their company culture is perhaps the most important characteristic that has gotten them to where they are.

Collaboration, passion, and growth are values that they do not take lightly and are a part of their everyday work.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road is never smooth in the small business world. Mistakes are seen as valuable lessons and we adapt as needed to avoid making them in the future.

Struggles included workflow, communication issues, turnover and many other issues that consume many small businesses.

The goal is not to have zero problems, it is to have good problems and better solutions.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
There is a great deal to like about Boston. The history, the sports teams, the walkability, the charm, the innovation, the food. Perhaps the least fun part is the occasional weather. Rush hour on a rainy day is hilarious because suddenly everyone forgets how driving works, but it is still Boston so everyone is still in a rush.


  • Pricing varies from site to site. It could be a $100.00/month rotating living art piece or a $250,000 living wall installation.

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