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Sycamore Elementary's Living Wall Project

Hi PlantsOnWalls;

I am following up on my promise to give a shout out to PlantsOnWalls on my blog for your help with starting our school garden at Sycamore Elementary in Danville. Check it out.  www.vitalandwell.com/blog  It was a very successful 7 week program  that will repeat in the spring.  The kids had a great time learning and the parents, teachers and principals love the beautiful living art of plants on the wall outside the multi-purpose room.

Please feel free to link our blog to yours or make mention of it on your website on how our Elementary School is using your products.  I am happy to be a reference to any callers you get on how we implemented the living wall at our school.

Best wishes,

Angela Stanford



Planting the Living Wall


What a fun time the 5th grade gardeners and I had this week planting this vertical garden of live color outside the Multipurpose Room on the Sycamore Valley Elementary school campus.


wrapping up pansy roots with a black, felt "diaper"

The smiles on the kids faces were priceless as they wrapped up their pansies and climbing jenny into these black felt squares that we laughingly called “black diapers.”


plants "diapered" and ready to plant

The felt holds the roots securely together and holds in moisture when the plant is tucked into it’s pouch on the vertical wall.


Tucking plants in pouches on the wall

The kids tucked their plants into the 48 felt pouches on the wall and learned how to water them with hose using the “shower” setting on the nozzle.  Each pouch needs a drink to the count of of 3.  All members of  the club will take turns watering the living wall as well as the Earthboxes according to a schedule set up by  Mrs. Lawrence, our 4-5th grade science teacher and my partner on this wonderful project.

School garden outside MPR

As we hung the living wall units, we realized we can also water the Earthboxes with the water that drips out of the bottom row of pouches.  This is an excellent lesson of water conservation which Mrs. Lawrence and I will discuss next week!

Along with planting our vertical garden, the kids also fed the worms in the Worm Cafe with their apple cores and banana peels from lunch and checked on their radishes and spinach growing in the Earthboxes.

The green radish tops are in full view, but the spinach is not quite as far along.  Just a few sprigs of green have poked their heads through the soil so far.

A big shout out to PlantsOnWalls (www.plantsonwalls.com) in San Francisco for their generous support with our Living Wall project.

FLORAFRAME at DES Architecture

DES Architecture/Engineering main lobby now hosts a living wall that is bringing cheer to their offices. The system is on display for clients interested in hosting their own living walls for their upcoming projects. The Floraframe Recirc-24 unit demonstrates the "plug & play" ease of integrating plants into their designs.

DES Architecture offices in Redwood City, California display a Floraframe Recirc-24 in their main lobby.

PlantsOnWalls Showroom Gets New Living Walls

The South-East facade received new custom sized living wall kits to complete the wrap-around frieze that is to be filled with a planting design. The new kits were done in matte grey galvanized frames with recycled grey Florfelt panels. The kits were custom sized to fit perfectly between the columns. In the next weeks the plumbing will be connected and the living walls will be filled with plants.

PlantsOnWalls Showroom's new living wall kits are installed.

PlantsOnWalls Showroom's new living wall kits are installed.

PlantsOnWalls Showroom's new living wall kits are installed.

Bath Crashers uses PlantsOnWalls Planters

Bath Crashers used PlantsOnWalls FLORAFELT vertical garden planters for the "Terrible Terrarium" episode 309. Here is the final result that sets plants as a central focal point or their walk-in shower room.
Bath Crashers episode 309 uses PlantsOnWalls FLORAFELT Vertical Garden Planters to create a living wall.
Bath Crashers episode 309 uses PlantsOnWalls FLORAFELT Vertical Garden Planters to create a living wall.
Bath Crashers episode 309 uses PlantsOnWalls FLORAFELT Vertical Garden Planters to create a living wall.
Bath Crashers episode 309 uses PlantsOnWalls FLORAFELT Vertical Garden Planters to create a living wall.

Los Altos Hills Private Residence

PlantsOnWalls created a fern paradise for this private residence in California's Los Altos Hills. Two Floraframe Living Wall Kits measuring 192" wide by 87" high were mounted to the existing masonry walls to create homes for 504 ferns. The remaining landscape was planted by San Francisco's Living Green Landscape Design. This open atrium has bright indirect light which is the perfect environment for ferns.

PlantsOnWalls custom vertical garden installation for a Los Altos Hills Residence.

PlantsOnWalls custom vertical garden installation for a Los Altos Hills Residence.

PlantsOnWalls custom vertical garden installation for a Los Altos Hills Residence.

PlantsOnWalls custom vertical garden installation for a Los Altos Hills Residence.

New Zeland Designer uses Florfelt Planters

Simon Chamberland of Sustainable Partners in Auckland, New Zealand is using PlantsOnWalls Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters to create beautiful living works of art. Contact Simon to learn more about his designs or if you are interested in having a living wall designed and installed for you down under. Email: simon@sustainablepartners.co.nz

FLORAFELT Vertical Garden Panels by Sustainable Partners, New Zealand

FLORAFELT Vertical Garden Panels by Sustainable Partners, New Zealand

FLORAFELT Vertical Garden Panels by Sustainable Partners, New Zealand

FLORAFELT Vertical Garden Panels by Sustainable Partners, New Zealand

Fern Walls, Los Altos Residence

PlantsOnWalls created two fern walls for a private home in the hills of Los Altos, California. The client's open air courtyard had shaded bright light which is the perfect environment for ferns. Two Floraframe Living Wall Kits 96" wide x 99" high were each filled with 144 ferns (total 288 plants). 6" potted plants were Root-Wrapped and inserted into the pockets to create the lush designs over the koi pond and existing landscape designed by San Francisco's Living Green.

PlantsOnWalls vertical garden installation for a Los Altos Residence: Floraframe Living Wall Kits.

PlantsOnWalls vertical garden installation for a Los Altos Residence: Floraframe Living Wall Kits.
PlantsOnWalls vertical garden installation for a Los Altos Residence: Floraframe Living Wall Kits.
PlantsOnWalls vertical garden installation for a Los Altos Residence: Floraframe Living Wall Kits.

Florafelt Custom Installation

Rock & Rose, a San Francisco landscape design company, used PlantsOnWalls Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters to create vertical garden elements among core tin steel water elements for this San Carlos home. Florafelt planters cover the vertical forms and planter boxes are integrated on the top. Landscape designer Tim O'Shea from Greenworks Landscape will complete the living walls using a variety of grasses and California natives.

Florafelt vertical garden planters used by Rock And Rose Landscaping for a custom installation.

Florafelt vertical garden planters used by Rock And Rose Landscaping for a custom installation.
Florafelt vertical garden planters used by Rock And Rose Landscaping for a custom installation.
Florafelt vertical garden planters used by Rock And Rose Landscaping for a custom installation.

PlantsOnWalls Showroom Facade

The living frieze is made from a Floraframe Living Wall Kit that is 192" wide by 51" high and planted with a variety of succulents and California natives. Visit PlantsOnWalls showroom at 1190 Bryant St. in San Francisco, tel (415) 658-5498 or visit PlantsOnWalls.com to learn more.

Floraframe Living Wall Kit 192" x 51" for PlantsOnWalls Showroom vertical garden display in San Francisco.

Floraframe Living Wall Kit 192" x 51" for PlantsOnWalls Showroom vertical garden display in San Francisco.

SF Foliage Living Walls - Over a year old..

Our living walls at San Francisco Foliage are now over a year old. We approached SF foliage in May of 2010 to collaborate in testing our system in their greenhouse using their plants, see: SF Foliage Living Walls. Now over a year later the walls, mostly unattended to, have taken on a life of their own. We are very thankful for their generosity in donating the plant material early in our development. They have been an excellent resource for gorgeous and unique plants and their staff is extremely knowledgeable about offering advice on plant choices.



Low-light Tropical Living Art

A mix of low-light tropical plants can be grown in areas where artificial light will keep them growing green. In nature these plants are found on the forest floor where they thrive in minimal lighting conditions. A variety of philodendrons including pothos, Exotically patterned manterra, Chinese evergreen, spath, and a rugged bromeliad happily grow in this Floraframe Recirc24. This pivotal centerpiece for this traditional home is powered by a single 50 watt spot light from above. A pump and timer move water through the system daily. The 5 gallon tank is topped off every couple weeks and small amounts of organic plant food is added occasionally.

FLORAFELT Garden Panels - Living Fence

This San Francisco backyard used Florafelt Vertical Garden Panels to create a lush living wall for it's compact deck space. Ferns fill the full-shade side of the fence while sun tolerant choral bells and coleus grace the middle zones. Sun loving iris and daises fill the right corner that gets full sun in summer.

A living wall was chosen as the best way to hide the backside of a neighbors fence. The wall is made with seven F24 and seven F12 modular planter panels to create 19 foot wide by 6 foot high garden. The rigid Florafelt planters come with hanging tabs on the top corners which make them easy to hang anywhere. For this installation eye hooks were placed along the top of the fence every 32" (the width of the planters) and 6 foot chains were hung down. The planters were then hung on the chains using S hooks.

Once the irrigation tubing was connected and tested, 252 plants were root wrapped then inserted into the felt pockets. A hose timer keeps the system moist 2 times daily for 5 minutes. Just enough water seeps from the soaker hose which wicks water down into the panel. Roots find their sweet-spot in the moist felt. Plant food is injected in the watering system. Plants thrive in this semi-hydroponic state. Some soil in the system integrates complex microbes into the system that breakdown nutrients and balance pH.

The entire wall can be installed and planted the same day with 4" to 6" plant starts for an instant grown-in effect. Automatic irrigation lets you forget about it as it grows, other than the pampering you may desire to give to your garden. Root-wrapped plants are easy to arrange and change for seasonal color, or just change of heart.

Floraframe Recirc 24

Ken from San Francisco installed a Floraframe Recirc-24 over his video monitor to create a fresh experience for movie watching. The wall-mountable vertical garden system was filled with ferns, tropicals and orchids and is watered automatically by a timer. The self-contained unit is lightweight and easy to mount to any type of wall.

Floraframe Recirc 24 vertical garden system by PlantsOnWalls.com