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Living Sign Speaks the Language of Plants

Florafelt Pocket Panels living wall by Jake Owens of Thriveroots in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Biophilic designer takes root

Jake Owens, owner of Thriveroots, a Biophilic design company in Fayetteville, Arkansas, installed a living sign made entirely of plants. Our goal is to bring the beneficial experience of nature into the modern built environment of today’s society, says Jake.

A thriving arts community comes together

The living sign project was funded by Runway Group and is located right on Walton Blvd in Bentonville at The Source AR. It is made up of 240 native perennials, grasses and sedges set up on a drip irrigation and is a pollinator’s Heaven!! Drive by and check it out if you’re in the area. It will be an ever-changing and constantly evolving living wall, changing colors with the seasons!! Mural in the background by Graham Edwards Art.

Florafelt Pocket Panels living wall by Jake Owens in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Florafelt Pockets Living wall by Jake Owens of Thriveroots in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Construction by Nathan Crouch.

Thanks to everyone involved

“Words can’t express how excited and thankful I am to complete the first official project as a business owner and “local plant artist”!! And what a doozie of a project it has been!! For quite some time I was unhappy with life, work, finances and other things, and it took me the better part of 3 years to finally make the decision to leave the career I had worked so hard to obtain and had been with for 8 years…but it has hands down been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Venturing into the unknown can sometimes be a difficult decision, especially when you encounter a global pandemic the 1st month into entrepreneurship, but my gosh I’ve had so much incredible support from friends and loved ones, and I thank you all so much for that and helping this come to fruition. This project has been fun, stressful, and just a constant string of emotions, but with a little help from my friends…it is complete!! Special thanks to Nathan Crouch, Derek Hillyer, Jeff Starling for helping make dreams come true and to Dove Nicole and Lynne Cooper for their constant support…I couldn’t have done it without you all! Don’t ever let anyone tell you not to chase your dreams or that what you want to do is silly or “not lucrative”. If there’s something calling you…follow that calling, even if it is faint. DO WHAT YOU LOVE!!”

Jake Owens, Thriveroots

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Custom Recirculating Living Wall with Handcrafted Wooden Frame and Hidden Tank

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

An ingenious living wall installation

Homeowner and handyman Bruce Spencer created a custom recirculating living wall for his home entrance using a Florafelt 12-Pocket Panel with a wood frame. He shares his secrets below.

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

Bruce describes how he did it

Our garage is on the other side of the stucco wall entrance. The plastic water tank is under my garage workbench behind a cabinet door.

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

The wire for the electrical timer connects to the pump in the tank. The return water tube is also visible at the left top corner of the tank.

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

The irrigation line hangs at the top right. The drain tray was fabricated by cutting an aluminum pipe in half lengthwise with a bandsaw.

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

Close-up of the drain tray that connects to the return line on the back of the frame.

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

Two eye bolts hold the vertical garden firmly to the wall.

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

Water return line. I made another hole a bit higher up for the irrigation line from the pump to the planter.

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

This photo shows both lines that irrigate and drain from the living wall.

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.

Ready to hang and plant!

Florafelt Pocket Panel custom recirculating living wall by Bruce Spencer.
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Rainwater Sourced Koi Pond Irrigates and Nourishes a Custom Crafted Atrium Fern Wall

Harvested rainwater creates a living oasis for a Southern California water conscious home.

The living wall integrates with the water catchment system

“Thanks Plants On Walls for all your help. Love your Florafelt product. Our Florafelt Pockets living wall is filling in nicely. Building this atrium was my retirement project and took a year to complete. All of the plants are irrigated with collected rain water and fed using Koi pond water. The off-grid water system makes this ideal project for Southern California.”
– Jack Barkley

Koi pond filled with harvested rainwater that also provides water and nutrients for the Florafelt living wall.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Jack Barkley.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Jack Barkley.
A Florafelt Pockets living wall filled with ferns beautifully integrates with the architecture.

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Living Wall Perfection by The Vertical Planting Company Amsterdam

Florafelt Pockets Living Wall by Joris Bunschoten of The Vertical Planting Company for Maaz Chees bv. in Bodegraven, Netherlands.

Netherlands Cheese factory woos customers with their towering living wall

Joris Bunschoten of The Vertical Planting Company created this beautiful two-story living green wall to greet visitors in the lobby of Maaz Cheese in Bodegraven, Netherlands. Soaring to the second floor, the wall is welcoming and highlights the company’s devotion to nature.

Using Florafelt Pockets, the wall is seamlessly integrated into the building’s modern architecture. A sleek metal frame stylishly conceals the Irrigation and drainage systems.

The towering installation hosts 860 perfectly chosen low-light interior plants including dracena, asparagus, scindapsus,fatsia japonica, alocasia, philodendron, aglaonema.

The wall is meticulously maintained and monitored by sensors to remotely control the automatic irrigation system. An additional nutrient system to feeds the plants to keep them at peak optimal health.

Florafelt Pockets Living Wall by Joris Bunschoten of The Vertical Planting Company for Maaz Chees bv. in Bodegraven, Netherlands.
Florafelt Pockets Living Wall by Joris Bunschoten of The Vertical Planting Company for Maaz Chees bv. in Bodegraven, Netherlands.
Florafelt Pockets Living Wall by Joris Bunschoten of The Vertical Planting Company for Maaz Chees bv. in Bodegraven, Netherlands.
Florafelt Pockets Living Wall by Joris Bunschoten of The Vertical Planting Company for Maaz Chees bv. in Bodegraven, Netherlands.
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Living Wall Dining Experience at Tacquila Palm Springs

Florafelt Pockets Living Wall by River Hudson of Horticultural Holiday for Tac/quila restaurant in Palm Springs.

Restaurant ambiance is nearly as crucial as the menu and kitchen. At Tac/Quila restaurant in Palm Springs, a living wall designed by River Hudson of Horticultural Holiday brings natural drama to an interior space. The region is noted for its dramatic mountain desert scenery, but diners flock to the tables nearest the living wall made from Florafelt Pockets with a simple drip irrigation system. Cascading ferns, grasses, and flowers provide guests with an unexpected and thrilling oasis, where a meal comes with the soothing sensation of dining in nature.

Horticultural Holiday is a landscape design group serving the Palm Springs area specializing in boutique gardens that offer relaxed intimate experiences. It’s a comfortable style that calms the senses with the inherent natural beauty that plants provide.

Florafelt Pockets Living Wall by River Hudson of Horticultural Holiday for Tac/quila restaurant in Palm Springs.

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Florafelt Pockets Restore Living Columns at the Perez Art Museum Miami

Florafelt Flex Pockets for Perez Museum Miami living columns by Patric Blanc new felt and replant by Brightview Landscape Miami.

The upgrade from cut and slit to pockets makes changing plants much easier

The Perez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami boasts the famous living columns created by Patric Blanc, which needed a solution for dripping and other maintenance issues. Brightview Landscaping Miami turned to Florafelt Pockets for the answer. These structures required a revolutionary idea, and we developed a flexible planting pocket for curved and other dimensional surfaces.

The artistic vision was instantly restored after planting the first column.Since changing plants is as easy as slipping them in and out of their pockets, the column is carefully refined into a precision design that can be used on the others. One year later, the superiority of the Florafelt system is apparent at a glance, and reveals the dramatic beauty to come.

Our flexible planting pockets vastly expand possibilities for any challenging project. We look forward to helping you create a living wall where nobody thought it was possible.

Florafelt Flex Pockets Living Columns Test Upgrade at the Perez Museum Of Modern Art in Miami.
Florafelt Flex Pockets Living Columns Test Upgrade at the Perez Museum Of Modern Art in Miami, October 2018. Photo: Jeffery Allis

Newly planted test column with Florafelt Pockets is a big improvement

October 2018: A single column is planted using Florafelt pleated pockets to offer a solution to the original installation made with the cut-and-slit felt-planted columns. The tidy and organized black pockets are already an improvement.

Florafelt Flex Pockets Living Columns Test Upgrade at the Perez Museum Of Modern Art in Miami, November 2019. Photo: Jeffery Allis

One year later the Florafelt Pockets test column fills In beautifully

November 2019 (a year later): The Florafelt pleated pocket test column is fully filled and grown in beautifully. This is a perfect example of how Florafelt Pleated Pockets distribute moisture and allow for easier maintenance.

What is the future for the Perez Museum Living Columns?

As soon as new funding becomes available, the old cut-and-slit columns can be updated with the Florafelt Pockets. We are excited to be a part of a solution that can make the original vision not only easier to maintain but become the glorious beauty it was intended to be.

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Interior Plant Design Style by Living Walls Edmonton

A towering living wall for a private residence is the showstopper of three recent projects from Living Walls Edmonton. Interior Plantscape Designer Chris Myers makes a bold statement with his unbound design in a loft that soars to the second floor. Only Florafelt Pocket Panels make it possible to have such a dramatic home feature. It’s always necessary to change plants from time to time and Florafelt makes it easy. Simply remove the struggling plant by lifting if from the pocket and sliding the replacement inside, restoring the wall to full vibrancy in a matter of minutes.

The clean lines of crisp surrounds provide stylish frames for the planted units, including the show display seen here. Recessed stainless tanks for irrigation integrate seamlessly and collect runoff for maximum water conservation. Micro LED lights in the frames provide supplemental lighting but also create theatrical contrasts of greenery and shadow.

In the final new project from Chris Myers, an office project softens a casual meeting spot.The positive effects of plants in the workplace are well-known. A small living wall summons our innate human comfort with nature and inspires a spirit of collaboration and trust..

Florafelt Pockets living wall by Living Walls Edmonton.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Living Walls Edmonton.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Living Walls Edmonton.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Living Walls Edmonton.
Florafelt Pockets living walls by Living Walls Edmonton.
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Stylish Jungle Living Wall at Population Hair Salon

Florafelt Pocket Panel Living Wall at Population Hair Salon Mission San Francisco.

Good styling comes in all forms, including hair and atmosphere! The inventive staff at Population Hair Salon in San Francisco’s Mission district create a singular experience for clients using lots of plants, one of the best methods to remove toxins from the air and soothe the spirit, naturally.

After years of growth, a sprawling jungle effect has emerged, behind the washing station which creates more of a spa-like environment. Salon owner, Brian installed a similar living wall in his first location and customers found it so exciting he planted another in his second location even before it opened.

The system is simple. An automatic irrigation drip line waters the Florafelt Pockets living wall from the top. Excess water collects in the bottom gutter that directs it to a drain.

This Salon, with its proliferation of plants, has become a San Francisco landmark (at least for locals) elevating the prestige of a superior salon with an eco-friendly embrace of the city’s history and ethic.

A living wall softens the hair washing experience at Population Hair Salon in San Francisco. Florafelt Pockets living wall.
Population Hair Salon Living Wall in San Francisco Mission District grown in Florafelt Pockets.
The salon’s prep station is incorporated into the living wall where irrigation connections are also made. Population Hair Salon in San Francisco. Florafelt Pockets living wall.

Aerial Roots of the Philodendron Monstera add mystery to the living wall. Population Hair Salon in San Francisco. Florafelt Pockets living wall.
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Floating Home Living Walls Help Build Community in Amsterdam

Living walls designed for a Schoonschip floating home by Joris Bunschoten of the The Vertical Planting Specialist using Florafelt Pockets. Photo dw.com

This spring Joris Bunschoten, The Vertical Planting Specialist, Amsterdam installed three living walls with Florafelt Pocket Panels for a floating house in Amsterdam. The project is called Schoonschip or ‘Clean Ship’. There are thirty floating houses in a canal in Amsterdam to create more new living space for this sustainable floating community.

A future vision for green sustainable communities. Living on the water lets you feel a more immediate connection to nature. Thirty homes float on concrete rafts at Schoonschip in Amsterdam. Architect Jorrit Houwert of +31 Architects is just one of the architects involved who engineers structures according to weight and green materials to work with the constraints of a floating structure. Learn more from this fascinating DW Euromaxx video.

Living walls designed for a Schoonschip floating home by Joris Bunschoten of the The Vertical Planting Specialist using Florafelt Pockets.
Architect Jorrit Houwert of +31 Architects interviewed at Schoonschip Floating Homes in Amsterdam. Photo dw.com
Architect Jorrit Houwert of +31 Architects interviewed at Schoonschip Floating Homes in Amsterdam. Photo dw.com

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Jane’s Simply Succulent Florafelt Living Wall

Florafelt Pocket Panels Succulent Vertical Garden Jane Surich

On her patio where she spends most of her time, Jane displays her favorite exotic species on her hand-watered succulent vertical garden. Succulents thrive in dry conditions. Just steps from her kitchen, Jane’s exotic garden adds a cheerful dash to her favorite spot.

Florafelt Pocket Panels hang from their mounting tabs on a 1/2″ pipe, allowing the vertical garden to float.