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Anchor Brewing Rooftop Vertical Herb Garden

Vertical herb gardens at Anchor Brewing Co., San Francisco by Living Green Design. Florafelt Pro System.

Anchor Brewing company harvests organic herbs from their vertical gardens to garnish cocktails at their rooftop tasting patio in San Francisco. Staff have been using the vertical gardens for about 3 years now to add a fresh experience for their clients. These Florafelt Pro System living walls were originally installed and currently maintained by Living Green Design.

Vertical herb gardens at Anchor Brewing Co., San Francisco by Living Green Design. Florafelt Pro System.

Vertical Herb Garden for Bartenders

A mix of herbs served fresh for the perfect garnish for glass. Brandon Pruett, Rachel Farinelli and Lindsey Graves from Living Green Design created a custom vertical plant wall with the Florafelt System for Anchor Brewing Company’s cocktail tasting rooftop lounge.

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Bromeliads and Succulents Living Wall by Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design

Landscape designer Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design, San Francisco adds a striking mix of bromeliads and succulents to the entryway of a fabulous Pacific Heights home.

Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design San Francisco.

Floating above a reflecting pool, the living wall turns an interesting architectural feature into a stylized celebration of earth and water, nature’s most harmonious elements. The living wall planting grid assembles quickly using the Florafelt Pro System.

Florafelt Pro System for a Pacific Heights Home by Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design San Francisco.

Once planted, Lindsey artfully added mosses to create fully filled lush living wall. Details are added to create this stunning living masterpiece.

Florafelt Pro System for a Pacific Heights Home by Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design San Francisco.
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Lofty Living Wall by India Basin artist Adam Clark

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Adam Clark at his live/work event space Outpost India Basin in San Francisco. Made with two 12-Pocket Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters. Watered by an automatic hose timer and drip line at top. Moisture drains into a section of plastic gutter directed to a glass jug. Excess water is collected and reused for potted plants.

Florafelt Pocket Panels Living Wall by Adam Clark, Outpost India Basin, San Francisco.
Florafelt Pocket Panels Living Wall by Adam Clark, Outpost India Basin, San Francisco.

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Google’s New Living Wall by Planted Design

Beautiful things are happening at the new Google campus in Sunnyvale. This beautiful living wall designed and installed by Planted Design was just added to their new campus cafe designed by Interior Architects.

Florafelt Pocket Panels Custom Recirc for Google Campus by Planted Design.
Florafelt Pocket Panels Custom Recirc for Google Campus by Planted Design.
Florafelt Pocket Panels Custom Recirc for Google Campus by Planted Design.

Florafelt Pocket Panels Custom Recirc for Google Campus by Planted Design.
Florafelt Pocket Panels Custom Recirc for Google Campus by Planted Design.

Florafelt Pocket Panels Custom Recirc for Google Campus by Planted Design.
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Mini Library Vertical Garden for Kids

Kids love their new Tiny Library in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond Neighborhood. This little treasure was conceived by landscape architect, Alec Hawley and crafted by Richard Walker. Florafelt Vertical Garden 4-Pocket Planters create little living walls on each side.

Florafelt Vertical Garden by by Alec Hawley for San Francisco Inner Richmond Little Free Library
Florafelt Vertical Garden by by Alec Hawley for San Francisco Inner Richmond Little Free Library.
San Francisco Inner Richmond Little Free Library by Alec Hawley covered with Florafelt Pocket Panels.

The project was a community led effort to improve our neighborhood and make space for our youngest and most curious residents. It not only serves as a Little Free Library, but also as a teaching tool and a sensory and edible garden for the entire Inner Richmond neighborhood.

San Francisco Inner Richmond Little Free Library by Alec Hawley covered with Florafelt Pocket Panels.
San Francisco Inner Richmond Little Free Library by Alec Hawley covered with Florafelt Pocket Panels.

This library is the culmination of eight months of discussion, design & effort by the Peter’s Place Nursery School Parents and Teachers. Design by landscape architect, Alec Hawley. Fabrication by Richard Walker. Living walls created with Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters.

San Francisco Inner Richmond Little Free Library by Alec Hawley covered with Florafelt Pocket Panels.

The tiny library is located at 227 Balboa St., San Francisco, CA.

San Francisco Inner Richmond Little Free Library by Alec Hawley covered with Florafelt Pocket Panels.

“It would not have been nearly as unique or feel as warm without the Florafelt pockets and plants.”
— Alec Hawley, landscape architect

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Succulent Tapestry Living Wall by Landscape Architect Alec Hawley

Florafelt Pro System Living Wall by landscape architect Alec Hawley, San Francisco.

Landscape architect Alec Hawley explores a dynamic collection of succulents for his own backyard living wall using the Florafelt Pro Vertical Garden System. Alec experimented with a wide variety of succulent species to identify the most successful for the environment.

Florafelt Pro System Living Wall by landscape architect Alec Hawley, San Francisco.

A year after planting, nearly all have thrived and a sweeping expanse of color and texture creates a dynamic and exciting landscape element.

Florafelt Pro System Living Wall by landscape architect Alec Hawley, San Francisco.

A wide variety of species are artfully mixed together create delightful experience.

Florafelt Pro System Living Wall by landscape architect Alec Hawley, San Francisco.

The succulent garden is the focal point of the yard and provides a backdrop to the children’s play area. It’s an inspiring place to discover and learn.

Florafelt Pro System Living Wall by landscape architect Alec Hawley, San Francisco.

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Urban Green Luxury Remodel by Real Estate Developer Joanna Wong

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.

Luxury remodel in San Francisco’s Cole Valley gets a big dose of urban green. Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters are used to fill the 30 foot tall window well with ferns. Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. created a living wall as a focal point for their luxury remodel located in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury area.

Project Specs
– 16′ wide x 30′ tall
– 6 planters wide x 15 planters high
– Total 90 Florafelt 12-Pocket Planters
– Total 1080 Plants: 6 inch potted Mother Ferns, Maidenhair Ferns, Button Ferns, Blue Star Ferns
– Simple Drip-Irrigation at the top.
– Floor Drain at the bottom.

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Joanna Wong and Durkin Inc. for a luxury remodel in San Francisco.
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Caretaking The Conservatory of Flowers Vertical Garden by Steph Kantorski

Florafelt Vertical Garden at the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco. Maintained by Steph Kantorski, Volunteer Horticulturist.
Florafelt Vertical Garden at the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco. Maintained by Steph Kantorski, Volunteer Horticulturist.

A redesign of the vestibule in San Francisco’s historic Conservatory of Flowers has created a breathtaking introduction for visitors to this world-famous Victorian structure. One of the largest and most beautiful vertical green walls in the city is now on full display for visitors inside North America’s oldest public wood-and-glass greenhouse.

Florafelt Vertical Garden at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.

This dramatic 360-pocket wall created with 30 Florafelt 12-pocket Panels reflects the spirit of the Conservatory. It was created with donated materials and labor by people with an enthusiastic love for plants. The result is an exquisite display of tropical greenery, flowering varieties and colorful vines for a luscious eye-catching wall that stirs the imagination.

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2012.
Florafelt Vertical Garden by Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2012.

It all began with the 2012 San Francisco Decorator Showcase that featured an exterior green wall designed by Davis Dalbok of Living Green Design and member of the Conservatory’s Advisory Council. The planted entry wall was made using the Florafelt vertical garden system invented by Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls.

Florafelt Vertical Garden Simple Succulents Demo by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls at the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden Simple Succulents Demo by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls at the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco.

Jane Scurich (above right), Director of Development at the Conservatory of Flowers, remembers the Decorator Showcase wall as “breathtaking.” After the event, she asked Davis about acquiring a section of the display. Davis replied, “You don’t want a postage stamp, Jane, you want it to be the whole wall.” Davis contacted Chris about the project, who donated a custom-designed system to one of San Francisco’s most prestigious and beloved institutions. It was installed behind the greeter desk with special requirements to preserve the integrity of the elegant Victorian structure.

Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters donated by Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls. Conservatory Of Flowers, San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters donated by Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls. Conservatory Of Flowers, San Francisco.

Around that time, volunteer Conservatory greeter Marilyn Singer passed away and her family donated many of the first plants in her memory. Later San Francisco Foliage donated more greenery. Senior Nursery Specialist Guadalupe Cota culled prime specimens from her greenhouse. As the number and variety of plants grew, it became clear that a stunning attraction was being created.

Florafelt Vertical Garden at the San Francisco Conservatory Of Flowers.
Florafelt Vertical Garden at the San Francisco Conservatory Of Flowers.

A drip line water and nutrient-delivery system also donated by Plants On Walls kept it lush and beautiful. Not long after, Guadalupe left the Conservatory and Nursery Specialist Mario Vega maintained it for the next few months. That’s about where I came in.

Originally volunteering as a docent, I switched to the horticulture side in 2013 out of sheer fascination with the plants themselves. I was beyond thrilled when Mario put me on “vertical garden duty.” The last three years have been an invaluable education in what tropical flora do when prepared in Root Wraps, or the recycled PET “diapers” (as I affectionately call them), and stuffed inside pockets to grow vertically.

Florafelt Vertical Garden growing Pineapple and Vanilla Orchid at the Conservatory Of Flowers, San Francisco.
Florafelt Vertical Garden growing Pineapple and Vanilla Orchid at the Conservatory Of Flowers, San Francisco.

As I worked with the vertical garden, I found that plants were so happy they began to take over. The vanilla orchid vine grew with such force it pushed its neighbors up out of their pockets. The bromeliads flowered furiously and the philodendrons’ roots clamped on so ferociously I had to cut out entire pockets. Gesneriads, lipstick vines and exotic grasses spilled over and fought for light.

When the wall garden was finally tamed, I added more specimens to vary the color and texture. Now there’s a habanero pepper plant and two carnivorous Nepenthes, which I keep neatly trimmed because they tend to take over.

Matthew Stephens, Director Conservatory of Flowers.
Matthew Stephens, Director Conservatory of Flowers.

In early 2016, the Conservatory welcomed its new Director Matthew Stephens. Among his other exciting plans, the greeter desk was moved to the other side of the entryway allowing everyone to experience the living wall up close. The larger foliage at the top has been trimmed to reveal the building’s beautiful original stained glass. With the wall now on full display, this unique and astounding vertical jungle finally feels complete.

For a small entry fee you can visit the Conservatory of Flowers and take a free tour or stroll around on your own. You can also just step into the vestibule without a ticket to experience the living wall for yourself.

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Florafelt Vertical Garden at the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco. Hibbity Dibbity band photoshoot.
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Landscape Architecture Student Benjamin Heim Grows Inspiring Things with Florafelt

Years of finesse has allowed Benjamin Heim create this botanical masterpiece for his clients vertical garden in San Francisco. The living wall started with mostly ferns and has evolved into an intense mixture of exotic species inspired by curiosity and experimentation. The result is astounding. An aging bromeliad squeezes into it’s home while rooting into a Florafelt Root Wrap. A spontaneous and inspired vertical garden masterpiece by Benjamin Heim of Groundcover Landscaping. Florafelt Vertical Garden by Benjamin Heim of Groundcover Landscaping

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Planted Design Has Six Ways To Scrub Your Air

Brandon Pruett. Amanda Goldberg, Planted Design. Florafelt Pro System.
Brandon Pruett. Amanda Goldberg, Planted Design. Florafelt Pro System.

What’s better than the gift of clean air? Thanks to her unique skills in green building and regenerative design, Amanda Goldberg of Planted Design has the air quality thing down, so breathe easy. Learn more about her vertical gardens, also available for rent, and innovative ideas that combine beauty with healthier air, inside and out.

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