A living wall of exotic tropicals turns a standard basement light well into a luxurious subterranean garden that enriches a home gym and dance studio.
The owners of this Palo Alto home asked Planted Places to bring a touch of nature into an active space designed to encourage healthy living. In addition to freshening the air, the living wall is a singular expression of tropical beauty, vibrant with colors and textures. The owners were also thrilled to discover how local wildlife shared their vision of a natural shelter.
Architectural-grade Florafelt Pro System
Green wall expert and designer Christine Dunckley chose the Florafelt Pro System to transform the light well into a flourishing exotic garden. After waterproofing the walls, her team installed the Florafelt Pro System and planted the grid according to her design. Because the grids easily accommodate fully grown plants, it took a single day for the team two wrap and plant an instant tropical oasis. The Florafelt Pro System provides the ultimate solution for vertical landscape artistry, with room enough for a huge variety of leafy and flowering plants. The wall evolves as it grows, weaving a rich tapestry of colors, shapes, and textures.
The perfect place to nest
After enjoying their tropical living wall for a few months, the owners noticed two birds carefully tending one spot in particular. They made the exciting discovery they’d provided a safe haven for a local bird family! Sheltering in the foliage, this gorgeous nest of eggs is the purest illustration of a soothing, private oasis
A year later, the floating tropical garden at Plants On Walls showroom is bursting with life. The tropical vertical garden has been watered and fed using an automatic drain-away system. Bright indirect light is the perfect setting for thriving tropicals. Come visit our showroom at 1190 Bryant Street in San Francisco to learn more about how we create these delightful low-maintenance ecosystems.
Plants On Walls shows a 20′ x 7′ tall tropical vertical garden display for the 2010 West Coast Green Convergence in the main lecture hall. Also revealed, the Plant Habit, a compact self-watering garden. The display will remain for the duration of the event from Sept 30 to Oct 2 in the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason, San Francisco’s waterfront convention center.
The living 4 wall panels that were growing at Snidle Gallery in San Francisco were transported to the Saint Regis Hotel 5 blocks away to be displayed for the Sustainable Industries Forum. The mature living wall has been growing for 9 months. The 30 pound panels were supported by pipe frames to create a living backdrop for Buro Happold Consulting Engineers. After the one day exhibition the panels were returned to the sunny windows of the gallery.
Population Hair Salon on Divisadero Street in San Francisco (NOPA area) asked Plants On Walls to create a lush green jungle experience for their hair washing area. As the clients lean their heads back they will be enveloped in the tropics. Owner, Brian approves of the installation that was completed in one day prior to their soft opening. The entire system is on self-watering drip and drains to a floor drain on the back patio.
Lianne Gold of Neptuna Gallery hosted the display of our newest Floraframe 36-Pocket at her store front on Abbot Kenny Blvd., in Venice Beach (Los Angeles) California. The streets were flooded with visitors for the First Friday where shops are open late and the latest trend of gourmet food trucks line the sidewalks. The living wall display of colorful tropicals made it’s short appearance at Neptuna before being transported to LA Tropicals greenhouse showroom where it will be on view for designers and interior-scapers in the Los Angeles Area.
This Full-24 Pocket Floraframe has been thriving and evolving over the last 5 months. It’s only light source is a 50-watt halogen flood bulb about 3 feet from the panel that is on a timer on daily for 8 hours. It’s water is sourced and drained into a toilet’s fresh water holding tank (in the room just behind the panel). A small fountain pump connected to a plug in timer waters the panel twice a week for 15 minutes. All of the plants are using root wrappers and the plants are fed with MaxSea fertilizer once a month, manually added by watering can. You can definitely notice when food is added how the plants burst out with new growth. It has been a delight to watch the panel grow and add and occasionally change plants around.