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Pinkberry, clad in green!

We recently became involved with the Avalon development in Alpharetta, GA, providing them with our VGP living wall system. From the Avalon website:  “It’s located in the heart of Alpharetta.  It is a sustainably designed, 86-acre development with more than 500,000 square feet of retail, a 12-screen all premium theater, a full-service hotel (coming in Phase II), Class A office, single-family residences and luxury rental homes. It infuses resort-level hospitality throughout a walkable, seamlessly connected community of shopping, dining, entertainment, living and working. It’s more than just another place to go, it’s a place to be—a hub of local art and activity that delivers the luxury of the modern South.”

All photos are courtesy of our friends at Greenroofs.com, based in Alpharetta. Join them at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on April 6-12.

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Continued Growth with our Living Walls

Our living green wall systems continue to grow all over the U.S., including SoCa 2014!

EPT Design  has specified 220 VGM modules to be installed June of 2014 at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices Antelope Valley. Thanks to  Valley Crest, which we know will do another great installation of this product and to  Instant Jungle  for growing in the plant product.  

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Antelope Valley (named for the herds of Pronghorn that were found here in the 1830’s), is the gateway to the western Mojave Desert.  The average temperature here is 61 deg, but that disguises lows down to 2 deg and highs up to 110 deg. It’s a dry heat, though, with low humidity year round. Due to the weather variance, this will be a challenging project and a testament to our 8″ deep VGM3-10 module . With the generous soil profile, root growth isn’t restricted to baffles or pockets, which will mean lower maintenance, less water usage and healthier plants.


Azalea South Gate  is an exciting, one-of-a-kind project for the South Gate community of Los Angeles.  When completed the project will include national anchor tenants, local retail, restaurants and several living walls! Specified by Conceptual Design & Planning Company , the project is to be installed in phases in conjunction with the overall construction by  KPRS Builders. The VGM3-06 modules are being grown in (again!) at Instant Jungle  with a spectacular  plant palette chosen by the team at CDPC headed up by Jennifer Frederick. The grow-in will take 1-3 months in the modules before they are shipped individually to the job site where they will be assembled and hung.

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We are particularly proud of this installation as the 32-acre project replaces a current vacant site with a modern shopping center. The final plans include water features, an open plaza for community gatherings, wi-fi, and incorporates green initiatives and environmentally-friendly products.

Our 2014 Pricelist is ready!!

2014 List Price Final.inddFresh off the press, our 2014 Commercial List Pricing is ready! It features our brand new VGP tray-based living wall system on the cover, which has already made a splash with our customers. It’s designed as a lower-cost living wall for residential and light commercial installations. As a reminder, the List Pricing represents the cost to the contractor for our product in the field, typically through our distribution network.

Other new products in the list include several site furnishing products – Base, Pebble, Rune, new Wilshire and Urban Collection Benches, the Buzz Bike Bench, as well as several bike bollards. In the pots & planter section, you’ll find the Wilshire Screen (a repackaging of our Wilshire Rectangle planter with the VertiGreen 3D trellis), and Zest and Harlie planters. The deck & paver section features our exciting new Boulevard structural wood tile – the domestic alternative to South American hardwoods. Finally, we have added standardized pricing for the Root Solutions root barrier products.  All in all, over 20 new items!

We can e-mail a copy to you immediately, or mail one in another week or two.  Let us know (either call 800.542.2282 or send an email to info@tournesolsiteworks.com) and we’ll get one out to you.  Our new 2014 catalog will also be coming out soon – more on that shortly!

A New Collaboration

In collaboration with Surya Graf, designer at Street and Garden Furniture, of Queensland, Australia we are thrilled to be introducing our new design – the Zest Planter.


The Zest design was inspired by the classic forms of the traditional terracotta pots. According to Graf, “the idea was to play on the familiarity of these shapes, while treating it as a more sculptural element.” We think the result is an organic form with a nod to the past and a contemporary flair.

The planters are available in FRP fiberglass and lightweight GFRC concrete, in all our traditional finishes as well as our new brilliant colorway. The pots are available in sizes from 18″ up to 42″dia., and coordinate with Tournesol’s industry leading self-watering container irrigation products.

In “sneak peeks” of the planter, most recently at Plantscape Industry Expo in Las Vegas, the design has garnered great reviews, and we’re looking forward to some exciting installations.

Colorful Containers by Popular Demand

We get a lot of requests for pots, planters and trellis products finished in unique, project-specific colors. We can only offer so many as standard, so we color match on a regular basis. Some of these colors eventually find their way to our blog, advertisements, or on our websites. Slowly but surely, we get more and more customers asking for specific non-standard colors.

Due to their popularity, we recently added several of these colors, plus a few more, to our standard color pallet for all our FRP fiberglass pots.  Shown first at Dwell on Design this year, the new “standards” have gotten terrific response!


They are all available now, at no additional cost. We’re still happy to match colors for specific projects, and we always welcome color requests and suggestions from our clients. Continue reading Colorful Containers by Popular Demand

PIE in the Las Vegas sky

Several hundred interior and exterior landscapers gathered at the Plantscape Industry Expo (PIE) in Las Vegas this week. From the sights and sounds, the general overall business outlook was positive and there was a high degree of interest in the living wall product options. If you didn’t have a chance to visit us, here are a few pics of those who did.

Mark Whitten of Green House Nurseries in Arleta, CA is having a “first look” at our new product – VersiWall with Jon Willingham, Southwestern sales representative.

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Our New Root Barrier Product is Rolling

The production of our new Root Barrier product is up and running. It is great to see it “rolling off the presses.”

While not much to look at there or here, trust us when we say you will appreciate it when it keeps tree roots from damaging your sidewalks, roads and structures.

Two Root Solutions (RS-24) panels connected.
Two Root Solutions (RS-24) panels connected.


First Look: Lotus Apartments, Salt Lake City, UT

VGM Modular Living Wall, Photos courtesy Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities
VGM Modular Living Wall, Photos courtesy Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities

It was a pleasant surprise to find these photographs posted on the Salt Lake City Deparment of Public UtilitiesFacebook page!  We knew that the Lotus Apartments project was going in (their website says apartments are ready for move in in May), but we hadn’t been informed by the contractor that the wall was up. This is the first time we’ve seen it, and it looks great so far. Continue reading First Look: Lotus Apartments, Salt Lake City, UT

See our newest products at Dwell on Design in June!

VanNess Planters by Surya Graf for Tournesol Siteworks
Zest Planters by Surya Graf for Tournesol Siteworks

We’re excited to be working again with our partners at Street & Garden Furniture, as well as the fantastic group of Australian designers at Quench, who exhibited last year at the Dwell on Design event in Los Angeles. This year’s show, billed as America’s largest modern design event, takes place on June 20-21st at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Northlakes benches & tables on their way to Patagonia

The first U.S. cast Northlakes benches
The first U.S. cast Northlakes benches

We’ve been working with Street and Garden Furniture of Australia for a while now, but this is the first bench and table set (other than the TWIG bench) that we’ve made completely in the U.S. Previously we’ve been importing Australian cast aluminum bench ends. This one was cast here locally, using an Australian piece as a pattern.

All our wood benches feature Boulevard thermally-treated hardwoods. The hardwoods are FSC domestically-sourced, then treated in a high-temperature kiln (toasted, as it were) to create the beautiful, durable product you see here. It is comparable in hardness and durability to South American hardwoods, but doesn’t carry the baggage! The furnishings shown here are treated poplar, but we also use white oak and ash.
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