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.Continue reading A Vertical Garden That’s Fun for Kids
A Florafelt Compact Kit was used to create a stylish vertical garden for a home in the Culver City area of Los Angeles. Designer Tucker Warner mounted the vertical garden kit on a shelf so it appears that the plants are floating. The draping leaves hide the tank, digital timer and cord. It’s an elegant and very simple way to add plants to interior design.Continue reading Elegant and Simple Vertical Garden by Tucker Warner for a Los Angeles Home
Dear Plants On Walls, Hope you have been doing well. I wanted to catch you up with the happenings with your fabulous product. Last month was kind of a ‘launch’ of the 8-pocket system in an African mahogany frame.
The first one we donated to St. Clement’s School for their ‘live’ auction item at the annual fundraising dinner (they painted and made their frame more custom, as pictured). It was fun to attend the event and watch the parents bid on this ‘priceless’ item as they term it.
The photo with the two children is the special planter installed at their house.
The system we have set up in our office is fully edible and provides greens for 2-3 people every 4-5 days.
The final set of photos is a rooftop patio here in Kaka’ako. It definitely adds to the outdoor bbq/patio area in the urban core of Honolulu.
The wood systems are catching on slowly and we have sold a few last month for the start. They are made of African mahogany and have a liquid rubber waterproofing liner. The rod holding the pocket insert has a thumb scroll to easily remove for cleaning or anything you may need. So with the whole kit inserted and extra water proofing, we are seeing interest by luxury condominium dwellers.
Thank you again for working with us!
Rebecca Sheedy of Floraform Design is thrilled that her first vertical garden is also one of her most visible. Marx Foods may be the first, but Rebecca has since spent five years creating living walls, and ran a business maintaining gardens for several years before that. “I just love plants and always find a way to be out there with them,” she says.
She honed her expertise while studying botany at the University of Washington and The Evergreen State College. “I’m really into color, contrast, texture and shapes,” she says. In fact, her expertise is international. “During college, I did research in Costa Rica to estimate the biomass of forest canopy. We found there’s more biomass in the canopy than on the forest floor.”
Rebecca’s vertical garden serenely packs a green marketing punch from its post overlooking the Marx Foods checkout area. “I started small with a Florafelt 8-pocket for the first 6 to 8 months,” Rebecca explains. “I learned what plants were happy where. It’s now 7 panels or 56 pockets.”
Plus a gorgeous frame that beautifully sets off the plants within. “The frame was Marx Foods’ idea. To hide the freezers, we incorporated the garden into the freezer wall. The garden sets Marx apart, makes a statement and generates a lot of buzz.”
Rebecca selects plants as carefully as Marx Foods shops for their clientele. The garden includes Homalomena, Medusa Bromeliads, Kangaroo Paw Fern, Vresia (a mottled leaf bromeliad), Spathiphyllum, Anthurium, Aglaonema (has a good sprawling habit and fills in the edges”), Philodendron and Schefflera ‘Soliel,’ which has stunning chartreuse leaves.
Rebecca shopped around before settling exclusively on Plants On Walls. “Back then a lot of people created walls themselves in a Patrick Blanc style, stapling felt to a wall. But I made sure to use a Compact Kit – it’s fully contained and operates on its own. I like how the hardware is invisible. People saw it and got in touch with me.”
Since then, Rebecca has created distinctive and beautiful vertical gardens for restaurants, homes, wine shops, doctors’ offices, you name it. Interestingly, doctors request the gardens for their examination rooms. “There is a big alternative medicine scene here – doctors prescribe plants as medicine,” she says.