Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Semiahmoo Library Greenwall - Day 2

Day 2 started with rain but ended in sun. I spent most of my time putting plants up on the wall, but spent some time depotting as well. Things are progressing well and the work so far has been a lot of fun. Above you can see a portion of the area planted so far. This living piece of art is really starting to take shape!


  1. Green walls are a fad that I don't really get. Most of those plants don't want to grow vertically and will look a mess as they get larger. I also don't see how they will be watered without a lot of waste.

    But it looks like it was at least a cool experience for you. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

  2. It already looks quite good; I cannot wait to see what it will look like when the plants have filled in!

  3. Wow! Dude, that looks awesome! I'm excited to see the plants fill out, too. I was considering some sort of vertical planter thing to hang in my window for fun... But it seems a bit much work for the home hobby gardener.

    Of course, it's just interesting enough for me to try it when I find the moolah and the time. I'll consult with you when I'm at that point! :P

  4. @kaveh, many garden plants actually do grow on vertical surfaces such as cliffs in their natural habitat. For years people have just been growing them in the ground as a standard practice.

    In many cases rain water harvesting can be coupled with the project. Often these walls are constructed near areas with large amounts of parking. There is the option to capture this runoff water and help purify it with the plant wall (Vancouver gets a lot of rain). This also reduces sediment concentration and volume of water entering the sewer system.

    @College Gardener, I'll make sure to post a picture next spring/summer when it's fuller!

    @Kenneth Moore, if you'd like to know more you can look up Patrick Blanc. He's been doing walls like this in Paris for decades (and elsewhere now).


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