Joyous Spaces Roof Garden

Joy Alberts of Joyous Spaces created a spectacular roof garden for her Mission District client in San Francisco. She used 25 Florafelt F24 Vertical Garden Planters to make a continuous snake of vertical garden to be filled with succulent and other full-sun varieties. PlantsOnWalls provided the galvanized pipe frame system that allowed for an easy installation that also allowed for a non-penetration of the roof membrane. The 65 foot undulating living wall creates a privacy barrier flowing with living color, including herbs and edibles, and adds 260 square feet of urban garden. For more information contact joy@joyousspaces.com. See more photos here.




Beverly Hills Private Residence

Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls worked closely with the client to create this living wall design. The architect used dramatic up-lighting to highlight the floating orchids amidst a wild jungle of tropical flora. Waves of bright light loving plants flow naturally from the end wall of this sunlight west atrium. The system's frame and felt are both black to shadow into the background. Chinese evergreen and near black ficus waive up from the base and flow into the red undersides of calathea matching foliage of bromiliads. From the ceiling drop ferns amongst the temporal dancing display of orchids an occasional spray of lipstick vine.

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Plants On Walls: Chris Bribach

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Plants On Walls: Chris Bribach

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Plants On Walls: Chris Bribach

Computer Rendered Living Wall Design

Computer Rendered Vertical Garden Design by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls, Florafelt System

Computer Rendered Vertical Garden Design by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls, Florafelt System

Chris Briabch at Plants On Walls use computers to create rendered designs to gain client approval prior to installation. Anyone can make use of image layout software like Adobe Illustrator or other presentation layout interfaces can use transparant (.gif) images of plants to create layers of repeated images which result in semi-realistic views that represent how a planted vertical garden might feel when complete. Multiple concepts can be presented and approved prior to installation.

Chris worked closely with the client's designers to decide upon this final rendered design to be 16' wide by 11' high. 

An overlay is placed upon the design to corresponds to the specifications for of the vertical planters' pocket grid. Bold lines highlight the 18 panels used to achieve the full size of this custom living wall design.

Grid Overlay,  Vertical Garden Design by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls, Florafelt System

Grid Overlay, Vertical Garden Design by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls, Florafelt System

Computer Rendered Vertical Garden Design by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls, Florafelt System

Computer Rendered Vertical Garden Design by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls, Florafelt System

The grid is then used to create the final layout during installation. The plants were Root-Wrapped by the greenhouse and placed into boxes. The living wall kit and plants were transported to the job site. In two days Plants On Walls installed the living wall kit and plants to create a living tapestry that resembles a window that looks upon a rain-forest. The 2-1/2 minute video below shows how the entire installation was done.

Computer Rendered Vertical Garden Design by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls, Florafelt System

Computer Rendered Vertical Garden Design by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls, Florafelt System

Custom Designed Fern Filled Window Well

PlantsOnWalls created a stunning custom living wall installation for a private home on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. The clients wanted an exciting and fresh way to mask the bare retaining walls of their master suite's sub-level patio. The open-air indirect light was perfect for a variety of ferns. We fitted 234 root-wrapped plants into the felt pockets, transforming a utilitarian patio into a vibrant space bursting with lush greenery. The client was delighted and remarked on how it recalled childhood forest memories.

Floraframe Living Wall Kits filled with ferns for a private residence in San Francisco.
Custom design and installation by PlantsOnWalls.com
Floraframe Living Wall Kits filled with ferns for a private residence in San Francisco.
Custom design and installation by PlantsOnWalls.com

Floraframe Living Wall Kits filled with ferns for a private residence in San Francisco.
Custom design and installation by PlantsOnWalls.com

Before

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

Tropical Jungle for a San Francisco Live/Work Space

This San Francisco private residence installed very large vertical gardens in their industrial design home. The living walls have brought new life to her live/work industrial design space. After two months the custom installation by PlantsOnWalls shows vigorous new growth. The two living walls are home to 492 tropical plants that look as if a jungle is just next door.

PlantsOnWalls custom vertical garden installation for a private residence in San Francisco.

PlantsOnWalls custom vertical garden installation for a private residence in San Francisco.