The Union City High School of Union City, NJ, turned to Raimondi Horticultural Group of Ho Ho Kus, NJ when they wanted a living wall to accent the entrance to their gymnasium. The time was tight, and the space was precise, but we were able to help them by creating a custom-sized TerraScreen system to make the project work.
We work closely with several other manufacturers of pots, planters and containers, and thought it might be interesting to show the results of our collaboration. Deepstream Designs creates wonderful planters using extruded aluminum legs and IPE wood slats (as shown above), or resin and composite panels. We provide them with our standard thermoplastic planter liners (either with or without container irrigation), or in this case, custom-manufactured welded planter liners.
Greenscaped Buildings, a good customer and green building guru in San Diego, is in the news again. Their local CBS affiliate did a segment on the edible wall he planted at his facility last March (view here). It has several good views of his VGM edible garden, but also shows a row of VGM ready for planting (the Urban Core project, I believe).
The Pizzeria Mozza project (you can see the VGM growing in during the video) is now scheduled to be installed at the end of February. They’ve told us that the plants are getting nice and full, just the way the client wants them.
We’ve also just received an order for a fantastic VGM living wall designed by Rios Clementi Hale in Los Angeles. The project, a private residence in Beverly Hills, will be installed by James H. Cowan & Associates of Malibu. The design uses the VGM integrated into a fountain wall, over a fountain basin with planter islands. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to show you images once this truly fabulous project is installed.
This view shows the panel with the VGM™ plant growing module installed. The module would planted on its back (either with or without the panel), and turned vertical after a month or two. The vines & climbers will only take a few months to cover a panel. By having the module installed in each trellis panel, there is virtually no limit to the height to which a trellis wall can be planted. We’ll be integrating an irrigation system into the framework which will allow for simple, low hassle maintenance. While a monolithic planting will make a beautiful living wall, imagine what can be done with varying bloom patterns, colors, and foliage colors!
For those that may be attending the New England Grows show Feb 3- 5 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center-
We might not have made the BuildingGreen.com editor’s top 10 list, but our VGM and TerraScreen living wall products were named as part of their People’s Choice Top 10 GreenSpec Products for 2009. They compiled the list as follows:
Simple analysis of our website traffic statistics reveals which of those 2,000-plus products you read, researched, and generally clicked on most during 2009.
We’ve garnered a lot of good press for the developments in the living wall business thus far, but the BuildingGreen.com rankings showed that it’s not just the media that are interested. While we’d be flattered to think that this is entirely due to our great products (and really good press releases), clearly the architectural and design community is very interested in living wall systems! We’ll see if the attention continues to build in 2010.
Greenscaped Buildings, our partner that is installing, among other things, edible living walls at Mario Batali’s Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and another at Urban Core, a non-profit in San Diego, passed along this link to a San Diego foodie blog.
Caron Golden, of “To Market, To Market, with San Diego Foodstuff”, visited Jim Mumford and took the opportunity to review his edible wall work (much thanks for her permission to reprint the section shown below): Continue reading More on Edible Living Walls featuring Tournesol…
The FNGLA’s Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition will be taking place January 14th-16th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Tournesol distributor Primescape Products will be exhibiting in booths 3003/230 & 237, and Bullis Bromeliads in #917 will be using our TerraScreen® Interior greenwall system prominently in their booth. Stop by and ask them about using TerraScreen with their bromeliads!
As part of the TPIE short course there will be a “Green Walls Workshop” on Friday morning, from 8:00-12:15. Organized by Joy Dorst, the course will feature McCrae Anderson speaking on his new greenwall system from 9:45-10:30, then will be organized as a panel. Tournesol Siteworks will be represented on the panel by our distributor James Loper from Reflections of Nature Nursery/Biotecture of Yulee, FL. Many of the different manufacturers of living wall systems will be present, so it should be an interesting hour!
We’re back, after a break between Christmas and New Year’s Day. After a week enjoying the green paradise of Costa Rica, I’m ready to go with my batteries recharged. I hope you feel the same.
Green walls/living walls managed to make several blogger’s “top green building trends for 2010” (courtesy of Goodworks) and “green building predictions for 2010” (courtesy of BuildDirect). Maybe this will be the year that they move into the mainstream as more installations are built.
Living walls have the distinct advantage over green roofs that they are visible, and offer the community continuous reinforcement of the green building message. As we bring the costs down on commercial-grade living wall and green facade systems, we expect the enthusiasm to continue to grow.