Garfield Park Conservatory, Part 1 – Hanging Rails & Module Ass’y

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We have so many pictures of the installation process for the Garfield Park Conservatory (a demonstration wall for the Chicago Park District), that we thought it would be easier to break this into different posts.  We wanted to document everything, knowing that most people using the VGM haven’t done it before. This post shows images from the very beginning of the installation, including the original wall, the mounting rails, and the module assembly.

Wall with mounted rails.
Wall with mounted rails.

 This image shows the mounted rails.  Note that there is a single rail to the left, and a single 2-module rail to the right. The upper 2-module single rail had not yet been mounted in this image.  The back element of the frame kit has been used as a template to make sure that the rails are parallel, and that the frames will fit properly.

The following series of images shows the assembly process for the modules –

Step 1 - Back attached to bottom
Step 1 - Back attached to bottom
1st side attached
1st side attached
2nd side attached
2nd side attached
Front Panel attached to box
Front Panel attached to box. Module Complete, ready for soil retention bag & fill
The whole process, once it has been done a few times, won’t take more than about 5 minutes.  The modules snap together with a hard push, but a rubber mallet would work, too.
The next post we’ll examine the irrigation assembly.

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