July 18, 2010

Modern Eden: The Garden Show

The living wall will be on display at Modern Eden Gallery at 403 Francisco Street, San Francisco in North Beach until August 14.

July 12, 2010

The Garden Show at Modern Eden

A Floraframe was installed at Modern Eden Gallery for the upcoming show entitled The Garden Show. This vertical garden features a mini aquarium housing a small beta named Dew Drop. Come visit the installation and art opening on Saturday, July 17th from 6-9pm. Modern Eden, 403 Francisco St.,San FranciscoCA 94133, (415) 420-2898, www.moderneden.com

July 11, 2010

4-Pocket Herb Panel

It's wonderful to have the convenience of fresh herbs on my patio, especially by the grill. They like to be watered every 3 days or so and I use a little MaxSea fertilizer in the watering can. MaxSea is a natural seaweed based fertilizer that is gentle, easy to use, and very inexpensive, and you only need just a little. The herbs are in root wrappers so I can change them out when I need to. You get used to the watering so it doesn't drip off the bottom too much. Mostly the felt absorbs the water they need and herbs tend to like dryer soil. Growing here from top to bottom: Rosemarry, Sage, Oregeno, and Thyme.

Full 4-Pocket Panel with Cedar Frame

It's wonderful to have the flowers on my deck. I get direct sun on them so they are doing great. I water them about every 2 days and use a little MaxSea fertilizer in the water. It will drip on the deck if I water too much, but after a while you get used to just adding a little water and it will rarely drip. Because it is outside I don't worry too much. I used root wrappers to plant the pockets so I can easily change out the arrangement as I like and the cedar frame makes a nice finish. It's nice to have flowers without all the messy dirt and pots on my patio.

Floraframe: After 5 months

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.

Ultimate Green Building Material

Plants On Walls vertical garden panels are a green building material that offers a multitude of positive environmental solutions.

- A Plants On Walls Full 12-Pocket Panel releases 1.6lb of carbon per panel in their manufacture. CO2 Calculation for the manufacture of a Full 12-Pocket Panel: Panel Weight (7 lbs) X Recycled PET Plastic (.23 lbs CO2 per lb of material) = 1.61 lbs of CO2 per panel. Recycling saves 90% of the CO2 released by making plastic. From: CO2 List

- Because the panels are extremely light weight and efficient a reverse carbon impact is possible from its lifecycle of hosting living plants. Living plants absorb carbon in the air through photosynthesis which offset the CO2 produced in manufacture. This in turn reduces global warming effects.

- Further carbon emissions are reduced by creating energy savings in buildings. In designing a Green Infrastructure west facing walls are covered with plants that create a cooling effect within the building. As plant material grows and regenerates itself the surface of a building is protected from sunlight deterioration. Together the living wall reduces cooling costs and extends the life of building materials, which saves money. 

- Interior use has enormous health benefits because interior air is filtered and renewed with oxygen from the large number of living plants that thrive in a living wall. A NASA Study extensively has researched the use of house plants indoors. 

- Water savings by maximizing efficiency: Growing food crops in vertical panels maximizes land use and hydroponics recycles water. Further efficiency can be obtained through Aquaponics that uses living fish to create food for plants offering a multitude of harvestable solutions.

- The felt used in Plants On Walls vertical garden panels is made from 100% recycled PET plastic water bottles. PET Plastic is highly durable, UV-tolerant, non-reactive and non-toxic. The panels can be reused indefinitely or completely recycled.

July 9, 2010

Floraframe Total System

The Floraframe total system includes the 24-Pocket Panel with galvanized frame and water tank, pump and timer. Shown here with a variety of tropical plants at Succulence Nursery in San Francisco.

July 8, 2010

Full Tropical Walls at SF Foliage

These two vertical gardens are on display at SF Foliage in San Francisco. Each living wall measures 5-1/2' wide by 8' tall. The walls were originally planted in May of this year. After two months the walls have grown in with very little attention. Today we re-arranged the plants slightly to make some design improvements and add some fresh color.

Gilman Succulent Garden: A Month Later

We visited the the Gilman Succulent Garden after a month. The sedums and succulents have filled in and are becoming more complex and lush. The felt pockets are hardly visible at this point.

Project visit: July 7th, 2010

Original Planting on May 27, 2010.

Close up images showing new growth.

July 2, 2010

New: Full 4-Pocket Panels

The new Full 4-Pocket Panel with Cedar Frame.

The 4-Pocket Panels come with nylon tabs at the top edges for simple mounting.