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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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Exotic Penthouse Vertical Garden by Living Green Design

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.

Florafelt Pockets living wall by Living Green Design.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Living Green San Francisco.
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PlantsOnWalls Showroom Planting

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)

Florafelt Pocket Panels living wall for Plants On Walls Showroom facade in San Francisco.

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.

Florafelt Pocket Panels living wall for Plants On Walls Showroom facade in San Francisco.

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.

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Florafelt Pockets Fern Wall

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.

Florafelt Pockets living wall by Plants On Walls.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Plants On Walls.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Plants On Walls.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Plants On Walls.

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Instant Ivy Towers for Executive Hotels Vancouver

Executive Hotels in Vancouver, Canada worked with Joel Franske to provide a living wall filled with ivy. The install consists of 40 – 24-pocket panels; that’s a total of 960 planted pockets.

Florafelt Pockets living wall by Joel Franske for Executive Hotels Vancouver.
Florafelt Pockets living wall by Joel Franske for Executive Hotels Vancouver.

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Environmental Charter High School

La Loma Development installed a 21′ x 4′ living wall kit for Environmental Charter Highschool in Los Angeles. The school hosts numerous eco projects mingled amongst their classroom and learning areas. The students are to begin planting the vertical garden panels in the coming weeks. http://www.echsonline.org/

Florafelt Pockets living wall for Charter High School in Los Angeles.
Florafelt Pockets living wall for Charter High School in Los Angeles.
Florafelt Pockets living wall for Charter High School in Los Angeles.
Florafelt Pockets living wall for Charter High School in Los Angeles.
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Raphael Restaurant

Raphael Restaurant on Ventura Blvd in Studio City, Los Angeles doubled the size of it’s street front living walls during their current expansion. There are now over 60 feet of living walls that face the street. The partitions are double sided to create a living wall experience for their outdoor eating areas. The felt panels absorb sounds from the busy street nearby. Raphael Restaurant, 11616 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA (818) 505-3337

Florafelt Pockets living wall at Rafael Restaurant Los Angeles.
Florafelt Pockets living wall at Rafael Restaurant Los Angeles.
Florafelt Pockets living wall at Rafael Restaurant Los Angeles.