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Floating Home Living Walls Help Build Community in Amsterdam

This spring Joris Bunschoten, The Vertical Planting Specialist, Amsterdam installed three living walls with Florafelt Pocket Panels for a floating house in Amsterdam. The project is called Schoonschip or ‘Clean Ship’. There are thirty floating houses in a canal in Amsterdam to create more new living space for this sustainable floating community.

Living walls designed for a Schoonschip floating home by Joris Bunschoten of the The Vertical Planting Specialist using Florafelt Pockets. Photo dw.com
Living walls designed for a Schoonschip floating home by Joris Bunschoten of the The Vertical Planting Specialist using Florafelt Pockets.

Architect Jorrit Houwert of +31 Architects interviewed at Schoonschip Floating Homes in Amsterdam. Photo dw.com

Life on the water in the city center

A future vision for green sustainable communities. Living on the water lets you feel a more immediate connection to nature. Thirty homes float on concrete rafts at Schoonschip in Amsterdam. Architect Jorrit Houwert of +31 Architects is just one of the architects involved who engineers structures according to weight and green materials to work with the constraints of a floating structure. Learn more from this fascinating DW Euromaxx video.

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Bromeliads and Succulents Living Wall by Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design

Landscape designer Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design, San Francisco adds a striking mix of bromeliads and succulents to the entryway of a fabulous Pacific Heights home.

Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design San Francisco.

Floating above a reflecting pool, the living wall turns an interesting architectural feature into a stylized celebration of earth and water, nature’s most harmonious elements. The living wall planting grid assembles quickly using the Florafelt Pro System.

Florafelt Pro System for a Pacific Heights Home by Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design San Francisco.

Once planted, Lindsey artfully added mosses to create fully filled lush living wall. Details are added to create this stunning living masterpiece.

Florafelt Pro System for a Pacific Heights Home by Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design San Francisco.
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Florafelt Pro System Living Wall Installation by Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design

Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design used the Florafelt Pro System to create this living wall installation. Stainless steel grids were mounted to the wall then the water shield is inserted. For this install a custom recirculation system was added to use water from the pond below. Florafelt Grow Strip is then woven in then Florafelt Root Wrapped plants are added.

Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design.

Wire grids are added attached to the stucco wall using stainless clips and Tapcon concrete screws.

Florafelt Pro System irrigation tubing.

Water shields are inserted and irrigation tubing is attached to the top of the grid using zip ties. For this recirculating system, 3/8″ holes are drilled into the tubing above each grid column.

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Florafelt Grow strip weaving into a grid. US Patent 8141294.

Florafelt Grow strip is woven into the grid using the pleated method. A guide is used to make pocket depths consistent. This growing method is our proprietary method under US Patent 8141294.

Florafelt Pro System custom recirculating installation.

The Florafelt Pro System is ready to plant. The pond below will act as a water reservoir. Water will be recirculated using the pump below. A timer is located behind the wall. A hole behind the system is large enough to fit the submersible water pump’s 3-prong cord.

Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design.

Plants wrapped in Florafelt Root Wraps are added to the pockets to create a beautifully orchestrated design.

Florafelt Pro System design and install by Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design.
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Jane’s Simply Succulent Florafelt Living Wall

On her patio where she spends most of her time, Jane displays her favorite exotic species on her hand-watered succulent vertical garden. Succulents thrive in dry conditions.

Florafelt Pocket Panels Succulent Vertical Garden Jane Surich

Just steps from her kitchen, Jane’s exotic garden adds a cheerful dash to her favorite spot.

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Florafelt Pocket Panels hang from their mounting tabs on a 1/2″ pipe, allowing the vertical garden to float.

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Florafelt Pockets Restore Living Columns at the Perez Art Museum Miami

The Perez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami needed a solution for dripping and maintenance issues at their famous living columns created by Patric Blanc, and Brightview Landscaping Miami turned to Florafelt Pockets.

Florafelt Pockets for Perez Art Museum Miami by Brightview Landscape Miami.
Florafelt Pockets for Perez Art Museum Miami by Brightview Landscape Miami.

With only the first column planted, the artistic vision was instantly revitalized. Because changing plants is as easy as slipping them out of their pockets, the column will be monitored and adjusted to create a landscape design for all the rest. One glance reveals the future beauty.

Florafelt Flex Pockets

Inspired by this project we developed a flexible planting pocket solution that can be used on extremely curved surfaces. We now offer this new living wall solution that can be applied to any surface to be planted.


Florafelt Pockets for Perez Art Museum Miami by Brightview Landscape Miami.  The Perez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami needed a solution for dripping and maintenance issues at their famous living columns created by Patric Blanc, and Brightview Landscaping Miami turned to Florafelt Pockets.  Florafelt Pockets for Perez Art Museum Miami by Brightview Landscape Miami  With only the first column planted, the artistic vision was instantly revitalized. Because changing plants is as easy as slipping them out of their pockets, the column will be monitored and adjusted to create a landscape design for all the rest. One glance reveals the future beauty.  Florafelt Pockets for Perez Art Museum Miami by Brightview Landscape Miami.

Florafelt Pockets for Perez Art Museum Miami by Brightview Landscape Miami.

Custom Living Wall Solutions

Here at Plants On Walls we are constantly innovating. We are so pleased to work with the incredible team at Brightview Landscape and the Perez Art Museum in Miami to develop a unique and tidy planting solution using our patented pleated Florafelt Pockets. The first tubes we tested came out beautifully. Now the system can be modified and different plants can be tested.

Let us know about your project

We are always happy to help you engineer you next living wall project no matter how unusual it may be. We get excited by new challenges and are driven to innovate.

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Sansevieria Bedroom Vertical Garden

Sansevieria is often called the Bedroom Plant. It’s one of the few plants that are active at night, converting CO2 to oxygen.

Florafelt Recirc 33-Pocket Units planted with Sansevieria with LED lighting.
Florafelt Recirc 33-Pocket Units planted with Sansevieria with LED lighting.

This vertical garden was created with two Florafelt Recirc-33, for a total of 66 plants. To allow for better drainage and help prevent overwatering in the interior location, the soil was enriched with bark inside each root wrapper. Since the room has little light, high power LED spot bulbs nourish the wall in daytime hours, and pumps run for 30 minutes per day. The wall started as small plants that filled in over the past year without fertilizer, and they’re still growing. Look closely and you’ll see maidenhair ferns that joined the wall on their own.

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A Vertical Garden That’s Fun for Kids

By a sunny, inside window or on your patio, you and your kids can explore a whole new way to garden. Pick out the coolest plants, wrap them up and put them in the pockets. Bundle an exciting bunch in the same pocket and throw in some seeds. You can even use cuttings or other plants in the yard. Try anything and have fun.

A vertical Garden that's great for kids. The Florafelt Compact Kit is a fun and easy way to learn about plants.
The Florafelt Compact Kit is a fun and easy way to learn about plants.

Root Wraps Make it Easy

Wrap each plant neatly and slip into the soft felt pockets. Kids love to learn about plants and watch the roots grow into the felt. It’s a hands-on way to understand gardening, and glimpse the future of growing food. With a little practice, your family will become plant wall masters.

Pick your favorite plants, wrap the roots, then slip them into the pockets.
Pick your favorite plants, wrap the roots, then slip them into the pockets.

Plants Love Automatic Watering

Your Florafelt vertical garden waters automatically with a pump and timer. Just top off the tank every now and then, and the pump waters your vertical garden from the top. The excess drains into the tank and recirculates for sustainable gardening. Custom loose fibers let the roots breathe for easy growth, and it’s fun to watch the roots dig into the felt. A timer activates the pump each day for 30 minutes, so you’ll never forget to water. Plants love it, too.

Plant walls are a great way for kids to learn about the future of gardening.
Plant walls are a great way for kids to learn about the future of gardening.

A Fun Family Project

A happy plant bursts with beautiful colors, and your family will be rewarded with a vibrant, flowering display. Any plant can grow in Florafelt Pockets, so try something new. Use different combinations and change it up when you learn what thrives in your lighting and environment. At the end of season, remove the plants, shake out the wraps and store for next year. It’s a fun family project.

Hanging tabs let you mount Florafelt Pocket Panels anywhere.
Hanging tabs let you mount Florafelt Pocket Panels anywhere.

Simply Hang and Grow

The Florafelt Compact Vertical Garden Kit is affordable and fun and can be used over and over. Unfold the panel and hang from the included mounting hooks. Fill the tank with water then plug in the timer. Use the provided felt squares to wrap your plants, stretch open the pockets and insert into your plants. Try your favorite plants and even start from seeds. It’s an easy way to learn about vertical gardening.

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Horticulture Therapist’s Healing Vertical Garden at Cleveland Clinic

When a previous vertical garden system proved too difficult to maintain, Horticulture Therapist Alison McKim turned to the Florafelt Pockets system for a family healing vertical garden at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Florafelt Pockets Living Wall for Angie’s Garden Living Wall at Cleveland Clinic
Florafelt Pockets Living Wall for Angie’s Garden Living Wall at Cleveland Clinic.

Florafelt Pockets allow Alison to experiment with colors, textures and patterns, helping to lift the spirits of both patients and caregivers. The pocket system provides countless seasonal opportunities to enliven this crucial, enchanted garden refuge in the heart of the city.

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Florafelt Pockets Living Wall for Angie’s Garden Living Wall at Cleveland Clinic.

Alison McKim describes her delight in using Florafelt Pockets to create a vertical garden that provides an interactive healing experience for hospital visitors.

Florafelt Pockets Living Wall for Angie's Garden Living Wall at Cleveland Clinic
Florafelt Pockets Living Wall for Angie’s Garden Living Wall at Cleveland Clinic

Angie’s Garden Living Wall at Cleveland Clinic

Alison McKim describes her delight in using Florafelt Pockets to create a vertical garden that provides an interactive healing experience for hospital visitors.

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Living Walls Absorb Noise, Outperform Most Materials

Living walls soothe our hectic lives. They not only look beautiful, clean the air, cool buildings, and support bio-diversity, a recent study from Spain proves how they absorb the harsh effects of urban noise and provide an individual oasis of calm.

A study by Spain’s Department of Thermal Engineering at the University of the Basque Country measured the sound absorption of living walls over a range of frequencies in an acoustic test chamber.

Living Wall Reverberation Testing Room. -Applied Acoustics.

The study by Applied Acoustics concluded that :

  • Green walls provide a weighted sound reduction index of 15 db.
  • Green Walls gave a measure a sound absorption coefficient of 0.40.
  • Green wall have significant potential for sound insulation for vegetal architecture.
Sound absorption coefficient value comparison between the green wall and common building materials. -Applied Materials
Florafelt Pockets Living Wall in Cleveland, Ohio by Architect Marika Shiori-Clark for Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

Compared to other building materials, living walls offer a significant reduction in noise, with the benefits of beauty and ecological harmony nothing else provides.

An urban oasis provides a place for relief. Florafelt Pockets living wall by Gardens of Babylon Nashville, Tennessee.
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Designer Rebecca Sheedy Installs Beautiful Living Walls in Seattle

Rebecca Sheedy of Floraform Design Seattle is creating beautiful mini vertical gardens for clients with Florafelt.

Florafelt Living Walls by Rebecca Sheedy Floraform Design Seattle
Florafelt Living Walls by Rebecca Sheedy Floraform Design Seattle.

Projects include a creative use of the Florafelt Compact Kit with creative base enclosures that complete the design.

Florafelt Pockets Compact Kit Living Walls by Floraform Design.
Florafelt Pockets Compact Kit Living Walls by Floraform Design.
Florafelt Pockets Compact Kit Living Walls for Marx Foods by Floraform Design.

Harvest Beat is a vegan restaurant in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood dishing up local, seasonal, organic produce from farm and forest with love! Go feed your body and soul.

Florafelt Compact Vertical Garden Kits for Harvest Beat by Rebecca Sheedy Floraform Design