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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.

Chance Meeting of Patrick Blanc

Blanc is considered by most to be the father of the living wall

By Joe Zazzera, GRP, LEED AP ID+C |  February 15, 2011 |  topics: Patrick Blanc, Father of the Living, Living Walls, Vertical Walls


French botanist Patrick (Pah Treek) Blanc is considered by most to be the father of the living, vertical wall (although McRae Anderson built the Cleveland Zoo living wall around the same time). As early as 1988 he was designing living walls as art. In the early days, his designs were less about the environment and more about creating living artwork using a huge plant palette.

Last weekend my wife Karen and I had the opportunity to spend some time in San Francisco. Having completed a job in San Jose earlier in the week, we were looking forward to some overdue R&R together. Because living walls are always in my radar, I knew that Patrick Blanc had a new design being installed at the Drew School in Pacific Heights. I made note to attempt to see its progress sometime over the weekend.

When we arrived at the school, I proceeded with my normal living wall designer routine, taking photos from all angles, inspection of plant material, water systems and installation techniques. When I stepped across the street to take a few distance shots, I met the Drew school facility manager. I introduced myself and engaged in conversation about the wall and his part in the design, installation and construction. He was surprised that I knew so much about Patrick Blanc. Suddenly he said "well you know, Patrick is giving a lecture to the student body right now"? I said, excuse me? "Oh yes, he said, in fact if you would like to wait, I would be happy to introduce you to him"......

What are the odds? What timing...I got to spend about 20 minutes with Patrick Blanc discussing the 230 plus native species, watering systems, smart controllers, fertigators and his thoughts on recycled PVC. Luckily, his english was far better than my French. Click here to view the gallery.

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