xmlns:fb='http://ogp.me/ns/fb#' Karen Wagner garden & design: vertical green walls are the in thing!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

vertical green walls are the in thing!

I keep reading with interest about vertical living walls and I have been having a few little experiments of my own to try and figure out the best way to do them.  I particularly want one indoors as despite it all I really quite like indoor plants when they are beautiful and lush....a small part of me left over from growing up in the 70's!

This one below is one I particularly like that I found lately and it should give a little inspiration if you are inclined to try it!  It's at the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, London and the idea was  to bring  to life the original Van Gogh painting  “A Wheatfield with Cypresses", painted in September 1889.

The original Van Gogh painting.

This massive scale wall was Installed by a specialist horticulture and design company ANS with each plant  selected to try and match the original painting.  More than 8,000 plants of 26 varieties have been used to create the artwork.
If you are lucky enough to be in London, the wall will remain through out the English Summer and Autum until October 2011.  Rather amazing wouldn't you say...!
So in that spirit and inspired by all that is going on, we have been scouring the globe and have found some of the best ways of making green walls and have the makings of both indoor and outdoor vertical gardens coming in store in the next few weeks.  
We are getting Woolly Pockets out of the US which I am quite excited about as I am going to definitely do an indoor one.  They can be used to create the most lush and lovely indoor and outdoor hanging plant displays - just like having your garden indoors which is rather essential through some of these rainy grey months of winter.  They are also sustainable and made from recycled products, so are great all round really.  Will let you know as soon as they are here. 

We also have some structured plastic outdoor wall modules coming that are working beautifully.  They can be used to create contemporary or traditional looks in all sorts of outdoor positions and it seems they are going to be very reasonably priced.

This is definitely the way of the future and now its going to be accessable to anyone for gardening on wall spaces at home as well on any building you can think of.  We could make all of hobart green!  The mind is in overdrive...I am making plans.  Watch out for things popping up all over the place.

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