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Vertical Walls Are a Walk on the Wild Side

How often have you sought out nature because you knew you needed some relief or relaxation? When you’re feeling stressed do you find yourself daydreaming about hiking in the mountains or walking along the seashore? Have you ever thought about why that is? It’s simple: we are biologically hard-wired to commune with Mother Earth. Many of us have brought the outdoors into our homes, but what about into our office spaces?

According to a poll conducted by Future Workplace, the number-one desire of employees in North America is not a cafeteria, fitness center, or on-site childcare; it is, simply “access to natural light and views of the outdoors.” Plant Solutions can give your work environment even more than this with the addition of a living, vertical wall. The benefits of green walls and plant life in the home and office are numerous.

For decades, bringing nature into the office simply meant a couple of low-maintenance plants on the desk. However, the expanded understanding of bringing the outdoors inside has become so important that it has evolved into “an entire creative paradigm” for interior architecture and design. It is a trend that has taken hold. As you can see by the graphic above, plants improve health, productivity and concentration.

What is a Living, Green Wall?

If you’ve seen green walls used in innovative spaces, you already know how striking and beautiful the elements are. By bringing in a large element that incorporates nature, you break up the monotony of a corporate building that doesn’t have many windows or a lush green space outside the window. A vertical green wall system is designed using the right species of plants to ensure they stay healthy over time and continue to stay lush and green.

Incorporating vertical living walls into your space doesn’t have to be difficult. Because Plant Solutions is an expert in biophilic design, especially living vertical walls, we make the building of your living wall simpler than you might imagine. We know that the visual impact and physical benefits a green wall system brings to your space are unparalleled by any artificially created design accent.

Usually mounted on the interior or exterior walls of buildings, our vertical installations can vary in size and shape. They are made with a variety of plants that will thrive in your particular environment. As horticultural experts, we help you create a customized living wall to fit with the light, needs and personality of your own space. Of course, we also help you with any day-to-day maintenance requirements after your green wall is installed to ensure a vibrant and successful living wall.

Our Latest Living Wall

This month we are proud to highlight our latest living wall installation in the offices of Zovio, an education services company headquartered on Chandler, AZ. It is a refreshing, green space experience that provides all the benefits of nature indoors. Check out the images below to see its construction, and click on any image to see it full size. If you would like to elevate your next design by incorporating a living wall, Plant Solutions will take care of every aspect – from design and planning to installation and maintenance.

Call us today at 480-585-8501 or SEND US AN EMAIL.

Behind the Scenes of a Living Green Wall

Behind the Scenes of a Living Green Wall

A living green wall creates a visual impact on visitors to your space it mystifies the average viewer. How plants stay healthy and in place seems like magic, but it’s due to careful planning and maintenance. Living walls, just like healthy gardens planted in the earth, are designed layer by layer with plants chosen to succeed in a given set of conditions.

The key to a successful living green wall is sufficient planning to ensure all plants stay healthy over time. This includes making sure to have enough water and nutrients giving them enough room to breathe. It also includes selecting plants, which will stay healthy and vibrant, in the framework of the green wall.

How Do Plants Stay in The Wall?

How Do Plants Stay Healthy in a Green Wall?

For the viewer, plants in a green wall seem to be suspended as if growing directly into the wall itself. Underneath the layers of plants, is a framework panel structure, which holds the plants in place. The root systems of the plants grow into the framework creating a bond that helps them stay put. Panels are often infused with nutrients, encouraging plant health. To Reiterate, planning is vital to ensure a successful design and installation.

How Do Plants Stay Healthy in a Green Wall?

To stay healthy, plants need water, nutrients, and proper lighting. Living green walls incorporate irrigation systems, which deliver what plants need, without oversaturation or structural water damage. Some plant walls systems incorporate drip irrigation systems, which waters the entire system. While others use some form of recirculation systems. To do this, additional infrastructure such as plumbing, electric, and drainage may be required.

In recirculation systems, an irrigation tank is often placed under or behind the wall to capture, any excess water collected. Water is then recirculated within the system. Recirculation systems keep the amount of water used on green wall plants to a minimum, helping to conserve water.

What Kind of Maintenance is Required?

What Kind of Maintenance is Required?If allowed to grow unchecked, the plant's design can escape from the structure, especially plants that grow quickly. Some plant types can grow as much as 18 inches in one season, leading them to overwhelm other plants within the design.

In addition to trimming and pruning plants that grow out of check, maintenance will help monitor plant health and ensure the irrigation and nutrient systems are functioning properly.

If you are interested in having a living wall installed in your residential or commercial space, Plant Solutions can help. Our team can help with planning and installation of the right plants, and other elements, to create the look you want in a living green wall. Contact us at 480.585.8501 to get started.

How you can apply the principles of biophilic design to your office space

How you can apply the principles of biophilic design to your office space

Designing an office space that promotes health and wellness might not be at the forefront of your mind, but there are good reasons to consider how your office space makes your employees feel. Incorporating natural elements as the central focus points of your design can minimize the number of sick days your employees take, increase productivity and even decrease employee turnover. People naturally enjoy coming to work in a calming environment that promotes well being and good health. This can translate to thousands of dollars saved over the course of a year for a larger organization with many employees on site.

Simple Ways To Complement a Biophilic Design

A biophilic interior design is one that incorporates natural elements as central parts of the design to help employees feel connected with nature. Check out our recent blog on How To Incorporate Indoor Landscaping Into Your Designs to find out more about what biophilia is and what the principles of biophilic design are. Keeping these elements in mind as you plan your commercial space can influence many aspects of the building process, including placement of key elements like windows, light fixtures and how plumbing systems will be put into power water features or feed plants

Incorporating a Living Green Wall Into Your Office

One of the best ways to incorporate plants in a visually striking way within a commercial space is a living green wall. This is a garden that grows vertically along a portion of a wall or the full surface of a wall. A living green wall creates a large focal point and allows for a lot of plant life to be incorporated into a small space. When incorporated into a communal space, like a break room or entryway, the green wall can be enjoyed by any employee at their convenience.

Simple Ways To Complement a Biophilic Design 

There are several small ways to complement the larger biophilic elements you incorporate, including:

Incorporating a Living Green Wall Into Your Office

Incorporating white noise into the office allows your employees to block out interoffice chatter and focus on the natural elements in the space. A densely populated office space can get noisy very fast, which can irritate and distract your employees. This is especially true in open-plan office spaces, a kind of design that is seeing a surge in popularity across the country. These designs purposely include communal spaces to encourage collaboration. While these kinds of offices are seen to encourage creativity and team building, they can also result in increased noise levels. Studies have shown that noise based distractions can cause workers to lose up to 86 minutes worth of productivity each day. By piping in white noise, which mimics the sound of natural airflow, you can minimize distraction and encourage employees to immerse themselves in the natural elements you provide.

Choose textiles and décor elements that play into a natural theme. Select wall and floor colors inspired by colors in nature, like the neutral beige of a sandy beach, the deep blue of an ocean wave or the vibrant green of a thriving forest. Choose natural textiles, like bamboo, raffia, and cotton, wherever possible to encourage employees to feel immersed in nature. You can also choose artwork that features natural landscapes for important focal points inside the office space.

Keep windows and other glass surfaces clean to allow as much natural light as possible to come through. This is especially key in winter months when many office workers spend the scant daylight hours indoors and are greeted by darkness shortly after they leave work.

As an experienced indoor landscaping company, Plant Solutions can assist with incorporating biophilia into your office space. Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you create a biophilic design that your employees will enjoy.

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