We were so excited to see Matthew McGregor-Mento's plant wall headlining an article today in The New York Times on indoor vertical gardens. You may recall that we did a Green Tour of Matthew and Emma's apartment last year, and it remains a top tour for us! We were the first people to highlight Matthew's incredible plant wall, and we're so pleased to see all the exposure it's gotten since then!
The article, Gardens That Grow On Walls, is super interesting, and they feature a number of other people with indoor living walls.
Is it difficult to do? Jump below for a few things to consider before you get started:
The New York Times advises to keep the following things in mind if you're considering installing a plant wall of your own:
• Vertical gardens are heavy, and not every wall is strong enough to support one. Check with a carpenter or your landlord to make sure the designated wall can handle the load.
• When selecting a spot for your living wall, make sure the area gets plenty of light. The best light is natural, but you will also need to install artificial lighting.
• Custom installations like the ones Patrick Blanc builds require a frame that can be attached to the wall, a waterproof barrier to protect the wall, a surface material like felt or cork to hold the plants in place and an irrigation system with PVC or polyethylene tubing and a submersible pump (the kind found in aquarium shops).
• Ready-made vertical garden kits have small containers angled to hold dirt and can be watered manually. After you plant your cuttings in the dirt, you'll need to let them grow horizontally for several months so they develop strong roots. Once the roots have taken hold, you can attach the kit to the wall. (Kits are available from a number of sources, including eltlivingwalls.com, sgplants.com and floragrubb.com.)
• Each wall has different requirements, depending on its light and plants (talk to a local nursery or green-roof specialist about the best plants for your wall), but many people water their vertical gardens three times a day for 8 to 10 minutes. You will need to add fertilizer to the water to make sure the plants get necessary nutrients.
Read the whole article and see more photos here.
(Image: Cambria Bold)