While we love the concept of a vertical garden, which of course is perfect for small outdoor spaces, we haven't really come across a good, workable DIY method that doesn't require super-landscaper or construction skills. The Living Tapestry, from the aptly named East Bay company Vertical Gardens, is a potentially interesting solution, with technology that allows you to design the garden yourself, popping four-inch plants right into pockets in the wall. In the photo above you can see the curtain itself, but we can imagine how once the plants grew in, the black backdrop would disappear. Details after the jump...
The Living Tapestry's design is based on hydroponic technology. The wall consists of what the company calls a "geo-textile laminated curtain." Huh? Sounds complicated, but basically the curtain, which contains pockets for your plants, absorbs water and fertilizers from a series of internal irrigation pipes. Excess drains into a reservoir and gets pumped back into the curtain, recycling the water back through the system.
The web site insists that the Tapestry is lightweight, efficient, and easy to put together (no tools required—all the pipes and so on just snap into place). And the best part is that you can plot your own design, inserting the plants you've chosen in whatever pattern you desire. A built-in timer can control the watering schedule according to the needs of your plants. For more details, visit the Living Tapestry web site.
Pretty cool idea—has anyone seen one of these in person? How would you design your Tapestry?
(Images: Vertical Gardens)