First Look: VGM Living Wall at BISCO Irrigation, Dedham, MA

image courtesy of BISCO irrigation

[UPDATE 5/18] The entire wall is up, and the Wilshire Box and VertiGreen 3D trellis is up next to it!  Looking good, and getting ready to host a seminar about it next month for Boston-area landscapers and designers…

Installation of a Tournesol VGM living wall at BISCO Irrigation, Dedham, MA

 

One of the advantages of working with irrigation distributors is that they really know how to set up an irrigation system. Tournesol Siteworks partner BISCO Irrigation (with locations throughout New England) installed several living wall systems at their Dedham, MA branch.  We took advantage of their work to document in this post how they set it up.

Dedham is located inland of Boston, and is a Zone 6B in the USDA Plant Hardiness Map.  They have selected the VGM-10 modules, with a full 8″ soil profile. They are also putting in several other Tournesol green wall options, including a Wilshire Box hanging planter and VertiGreen 3D trellis panel (you can see them to the right in the image above), and a VertiGreen Hybrid trellis panel. The irrigation system uses the Baseline 3200 controller from Baseline Systems, paired with a moisture sensor. Using the Baseline 2-wire system the whole thing can be remotely monitored for water use and soil moisture levels.

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Distrigas Vistor Center Roofdeck, Everett, MA

 

Distrigas Visitor Center roofdeck, photos courtesy of Bisco Irrigation

Bobby Barbati of BISCO irrigation (our distribution partner in New England) sent through a few photos of a job that he worked on last year. The setting is a new 6000 sq. ft. visitor center at the Distrigas LNG terminal in Everett, MA.  The roofdeck was designed by Michael Radner of Radner Design Associates of Framingham, MA.

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How the Middletown (CT) Downtown Business District stretches its street planter maintenance budget

Summer planting at the City of Middletown, CT

Every day we hear the stories of public maintenance budgets shrinking.  Check with almost any city park & rec department and they’ll lament the fact that they can’t keep up in the face of cuts.  The Middletown (CT) Downtown Business District found that by using Tournesol Siteworks’ container irrigation system they could make their color program budget stretch further. They use our CWF container irrigation bowls with existing concrete containers, changing them out with each season. In the words of Marie Kalita-Leary, Director of the Middletown Downtown Business District:

Tournesol Siteworks irrigation systems were the end to our nightmare.  The only way to get water to our planters was to use manual labor via a wagon.  On hot summer days it  required hours and hours of work to water all the planters along our Main St.  The irrigation system from Tournesol Siteworks have saved us so much and brought us so much.  During warm weather spells in the summer, I know that planters are receiving the water they need – and – the flowers look great from the minute they are planted.  We save on labor and staff time.  A landscaping company fills the systems with water and checks them weekly.  Because the flowers and plants are receiving the nourishment they need, when they need it, we always have full and gorgeous flowers in our planters.  I highly recommend the irrigation systems by Tournesol Siteworks.

more images of their color program after the break

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Upcoming January Tradeshows Part 2 – New England Grows (Boston) and MidAm (Chicago)

The MidAm trade show is the premier winter landscape show in the MidWest.  Held in Chicago at Navy Pier, it will take place Jan. 19-21.  We’ll be well represented this year at the booth of our local distributor-partner Midwest Trading, along with our local sales representative Brian Mitalo.  Midwest Trading will have a 4-module Tournesol VGM modular living wall on display (similar to the one at the Garfield Park Conservatory), as well as our FRP fiberglass containers and irrigation inserts.  They are in booth 1117 – it will be hard to miss, as they have one of the larger booths, together with their partner company Midwest Groundcover.

The New England Grows conference will be held on Feb. 2-4 at the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center. Our local distributor-partner, Bisco Irrigation, has become a valued resource for landscape contractors and designers using Tournesol Siteworks products in New England.  They will be in booth 2423.

They’ll have a wide variety of Tournesol products on hand, including our planters, irrigation, VGM modular living wall, VertiGreen Hybrid and VertiGreen trellis systems, and a recently added TerraScreen interior greenwall system. This is your opportunity to check out the products that you’ve seen in pictures, and ask questions of our sales representative Brian Mitalo.

Tournesol Siteworks @ New England Grows Feb 3-5

For those that may be attending the New England Grows show Feb 3- 5 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center-

In addition to our existing products for putting landscapes in, on and around buildings, you’ll have the chance to see our newest living wall product, the VertiGreen™ Hybrid pre-grown trellis system. The hybrid allows us to create commercial-grade living walls at half the cost. You may have seen our post last month regarding the patent application finally going in – this will be your first chance to see the product in person.
Our regional sales representative, Brian Mitalo, will be at the show, and he’ll also have copies of our new 80-page complete catalog, “Between Landscape & Architecture”. You can find him in the booth of our local distributor, Bisco Irrigation - #2423.  Bisco has been a great support in the area, and we appreciate the space they are providing us!