Four living walls make a bold, artistic statement on a roof deck garden for a luxury San Francisco home. Artfully positioned like living columns, the vertical gardens host a vibrant collection of expressive greenery. Designer Christine Dunkley of Planted Places used the Florafelt Pocket living wall system to create this stunning display overlooking the famous views of the San Francisco Bay.
Overlooking the Florida intercoastal waterway from Siesta Key, a floating array of ferns and philodendrons create a gently framed surround for an elegant buddha. It’s the ultimate experience for an outdoor dining patio.
Vibrant plants highlight a powerful buddha sculpture. The contrast creates a forceful sensation made light and airy by delicate pteris cretica ferns.
This high-design home requires a deliberative touch for installation and maintenance. This is where the Florafelt Pocket System shines. Florafelt Wraps contain the soil and roots, allowing precision artistic modifications. The wrapped plants also allow Seth to change and maintain the wall as needed.
Seth Stottlemeyer owns and manages Oasis Gardenscapes, a successful living wall installation and service business in the Sarasota, Florida area. His projects range from luxury residential to commercial businesses, creating a mood and setting that only living plants can provide. Seth works with architects and designers to bring their vision to life.
In a much-needed spring renewal for all of us in 2021, the living wall at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Bookstore gets a refresh and restoration. Older plants are trimmed back and fresh, flowering color is added.
The amazing volunteers wrapped the plants and filled the Florafelt Pockets in a single day. Even after 4 years, the felt is easily cleaned with a hose, and the root wraps are as durable as ever.
The Florafelt Pockets living wall system was donated by Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls in 2016. It’s ever-changing beauty has become a well-loved feature, as well as a tangible asset for bookstore and nursery sales. Located at the entrance of the park, the bookstore is open to the public.
Florafelt Wraps Reused for Living Wall Renewal
The San Francisco Botanical Garden Bookstore asked Chris from Plants On Walls to refresh the Florafelt Pockets living wall garden design. Chris uses reusable Florafelt Wraps to swaddle ferns and colorful flowering perennials to the wall.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The irrigation line hangs at the top right. The drain tray was fabricated by cutting an aluminum pipe in half lengthwise with a bandsaw.
Close-up of the drain tray that connects to the return line on the back of the frame.
Two eye bolts hold the vertical garden firmly to the wall.
Water return line. I made another hole a bit higher up for the irrigation line from the pump to the planter.
This photo shows both lines that irrigate and drain from the living wall.
Ready to hang and plant!
As plants age they gain new character and become more interesting. Consistent maintenance and adjustments to planting design allow living walls to become sculpted works of art. The interactive play between garden and gardener is an ongoing learning experience. Each living wall location will provide a unique microclimate that causes plants to grow in a surprising new ways. Gardeners try to predict how their gardens will evolve but are surprised how they develop into maturity. Some love the tangled look of an aged garden, others like a sculpted look. You can have it either way with a Florafelt living wall garden.
Grown in after one year.
Old growth after 5 years.
Davis Dalbok and his keen team from Living Green Design created a vertical garden masterpiece for a penthouse garden overlooking lively downtown San Francisco. This wildly imaginative collection of succulents, grasses, ferns and others delightfully frames a gilded centerpiece.
The vertical garden infrastructure consists of an array of Florafelt Vertical Planters that allow for the creative use of many types of plants that are artfully adjusted and sculpted throughout its life.
Here’s a close look at the planting for our showroom’s facade (from left to right). This full sun exposure gave us the opportunity to try out a lot of things. (2 months growth)
We used full-pocket panels (12 F-12s) with one pocket trimmed off the top to fit between the windows. The galvanized living wall kit frames the panels to finish the edges, float the panels from the building, and collect the dripping in the bottom tray. Soaker hoses are threaded through the top of the pockets every 4 rows down and connected in the top tray where there is room to access tubing. The 1/4″ line is connected to a hose connector inside the building and operated by a digital hose timer and connected to a water filter and food injector. Short cycles fairly often keep the moisture absorbing felt at optimum moist/dry cycles.
Plants were chosen based on full sun and windy conditions. We based the planting on succulents and sedums but also tried other things. We planted many cuttings from a friend’s local garden including rosettes, ice-plant and aloe. More things we tried include euphorbia, procrosma, geraniums, grasses, rosemary, thyme, native california plants including sage, wild strawberry, and a redwood tree that’s intended to bonsai.
A variety of starts, cuttings and rooted plants were added to each root wrapper to allow for natural domination to create the design. A couple weeks after the installation we moved some things around and added sedums to an area. Root wrappers make it really easy.
The fern wall on my back patio gets more and more lush as it matures. It also begins to build a more natural character as the plants find their place. This wall goes largely ignored because it is on automatic watering systems. Ever since I began using a food injector, the plants really began to burst out. This wall has been growing for nearly two years now.