March 3, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Vertical gardens and living walls are of increasing interest to urban gardeners looking to maximize their garden space for harvesting their own food or for simply beautifying their surroundings. A “growing” trend, there are several options available for the urban vertical horticulturist.
The Inka Wall Garden grows food hydroponically, is free standing or can be mounted to a wall. With the exception of except root vegetables, it can grow almost any kind of plant including flowers, grasses, herbs, fruit, vegetables and many other types of plants in the appropriate environment, climate and season. The vertical food production system comes complete with an assembled unit, installed pump, drip system, “Bio quilt” and a wall mounting bracket, together with a bottle of hydroponic nutrient, a nutrient tester and a timer. Replacement supplies are available for purchase from most hydroponic supply stores.
$349 from Inca.
Gossamer Threads, Vancouver, BC Canada, with Gro2 system, project by The Plant Connection
The Gro2 GroWall system is a modular system of interconnecting panels with many options. Made of either aluminum or stainless steel, GroWalls come as a pre-constructed kit, perfect for the home or business, or can be customized to cover an entire wall with plants. The panels can be pre-grown or planted-in-place; and regardless of scale, can be applied indoors or outdoors with an endless number of configuration possibilities.
Each GroWall panel consists of many smaller cells which accommodate plant material such as tropical plants, ornamentals, edible crops (fruits, vegetables, and herbs), sedums, groundcovers and grasses. The interconnecting design of the panels allows for top-down irrigation and a totally seamless appearance.
For more information on the Gro2 system, visit www.growwall.ca
Wally pocket by Flora Grubbs Gardens
The Wally Pocket, which we featured in September ’09, is still one of our favorites for the range of its products and infinite design possibilities. They start at $29 for the Wee Wally, the baby of the family, and go up to $350 for the largest of the all purpose freestanding pockets.
Drip irrigating the Wally Modular Living Wall System