Archive for the ‘Vertical Garden’ Category
Seattle’s Graham Hill Elementary and their Woolly School Garden suffered some calamities this spring, but with true Woolly spirit, the garden is up and running again, keeping the playground adorned with flowers and colorful veggies for the summer!
The school had their vertical Woolly Garden planted and ready to go when something quite sad happened: vandals broke into the school and tore apart both the greenhouse and the garden. Cambria Cox, Graham Hills’ garden director, said “It was a huge bummer and a setback … but that didn’t stop us from persevering!”
With Woolly verve, students, teachers, parents and neighbors got to work rebuilding and replanting their garden. Cambria organized a series of work parties, where students planted chard, spinach, broccoli, lettuces and flowers on their Woolly wall, and a mural was painted across from it. The kids also each created a prayer flag, which are now strung across the outdoor space: the garden is now lightly shaded with artwork from the same students planting and learning in the garden. ”Many students had never held a seed before, never tried a radish, weren’t totally aware of where their food comes from. I was pleasantly surprised when just about every student enthusiastically tried anything that was grown in the garden–broccoli, arugula, sorrel — kids wanted to eat it! The garden is definitely inspiring wonder and curiosity,” reports Cambria.
Last week the school threw a garden party, with ice cream from a local creamery and mint lemonade from the Graham Hill’s own garden. “It was the culmination of so much work and struggle, but also resilience and hope,” said Cambria. “It was so great, the kids had a blast and it was gratifying to see things looking so beautiful. Our students have learned how to grow food from seed. How to make a salad. How to plant seeds and starts. What plants need to thrive. How to attract beneficial insects and wildlife to the garden. Resilience in the face of adversity!”
And the beauty continues … hummingbirds have discovered the Woolly garden’s nasturtiums, and are returning daily for nectar! A green little world has been created on a patch of Seattle blacktop, all thanks to the woolly efforts of one school community!
Artists, philanthropists, gallerists, collectors, and entertainment world notables gathered at the Hammer Museum’s eighth annual Gala in the Garden on October 9, 2010. The Gala, which raised over $1 million for the Hammer’s renowned exhibitions and public programs, was held in the Museum’s elegant outdoor courtyard and honored artist Charles Ray and author, chef, and food activist Alice Waters. The event was co-chaired by Viveca Paulin-Ferrell and Will Ferrell and featured tribute speeches by artist Jeff Wall for Ray and actress Jane Fonda for Waters. A “living wall” of plants, designed by Woolly Pockets, was featured as a backdrop to the presentation stage –a nod to Water’s commitment to sustainability – and helped create the rich and textured elements of the overall decor.
We’re thrilled to feature international garden designer Diana Harari as this month’s Woolly Design Star! Diana splits her time (and projects) between Mexico City and NYC. For this woolly project, she solves a very common urban (and suburban) landscape problem – what to plant outside a picture window that has no view? Her answer, a beautiful living tapestry of shade-loving plants endemic to Mexico, happily growing in a Woolly Wall.
Name: Diana Harari
Company Name: Dos Arquitectura Construccion
Location and Areas Served: Mexico City and New York City
1. What services do you offer?
Anything related to architecture, urban design and environmental design.
2. How did you get into landscape design?
I studied my masters in Urban Environmental Systems and realized how important the open space is in the big cities as New York and Mexico. We are surrounded by pavement and buildings so the vegetation is important and necessary.
3. What’s your design philosophy?
Anything that is natural will be nice and comfortable. I don’t know what exactly is my philosophy but I know that capricious architecture is not.
4. What are some of your favorite plants for Woolly Pockets?
I know the names in Spanish… But basically the ones that hang like ivy. I used endemic plants as well because they need less water and are more comfortable in their own land. Here are the names of the plants used in the installation:
1. Hiedra sueca – Lamiaceae plectranthus verticillatus
2. Hiedra azul – Hedera helix
3. Velo de novia – Gipsofila
4. Millonaria – Plectranthus australis
5. Telefono – Scindapsus aureus
6. Pasto liston – Chlorophytum comosum
8. Cola de borrego – Sedum ‘Morganianum’
11. Coleus – Solenostemon scutellarioides
All the plants are for shadow and endemic to Mexico.
5. Is this your first installation using Woolly Pocket?
6. What was the client’s initial response to installing a living wall? And the end result?
My client was looking to do a living wall so I offered this system because is faster, cheaper and better for the plants than other living wall systems.
7. What was your experience working with Woolly Pocket?
It was an easy process. The people from Woolly Pocket answered all my questions. The website is very helpful too, like the videos.
8. What do you see as the greatest benefit of using Woolly Pockets?
Its nice, fast, easy and a great environment for the plants.
9. How are living walls & vertical gardening changing landscape design?
In big cities where there is not enough horizontal space we need to have vertical vegetation in order breath and keep our environment clean. I see the future full of vegetation growing vertically, even for agriculture.
10. How/where are you planning to use Woolly Pockets next?
I cant wait to have them everywhere, I think they automatically make a space look nicer. I would love to have them in buildings facades.
In this past weekend’s New York Times Magazine, a photograph was published that caught our eye. With Jamie Durie smiling in his backyard japanese soaking tub, you may not have noticed the tapestry of plants hanging behind him. I know, I know, it’s hard to focus on anything else, but indeed there is a Woolly Pocket Living Wall right there! We’ve added arrows to show what we’re talking about:
LOGO TV airs their newest reality show “The Arrangement” tonight (Monday, October 4th) at 11pm/10c! If you’ve loved Top Chef, and always wished for the Floral Design version, your dreams have now come true.
All over the set you will find lush Woolly Pocket Living Walls! Behind the judges’ table, filling empty windows in the workroom, and above the couch in the “kiss and cry” room – Wallys are everywhere! Islands, too, hang out around the set, also filled with tropical indoor plants.
Set your Tivos and DVRs and see who will be “weeded out” weekly. And of course, check out the amazing floral designs! LA Times’ David Keeps said “I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I hope to see a lot more.”
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Our friends at Lushe from ‘down under’ recently blogged about a little project we had a woolly hand in:
Read all about it and see more amazing photographs on their comprehensive blog dedicated to vertical gardens:
Last week, Wally put on his “tiki shirt” and went to San Diego for the CalScape Expo. Installed on several moving walls, Wally created instant, lush backdrops blooming with bromeliads, colorful crotons, and other healthy beauties from our friends at Olive Hill Greenhouses!
One Wally wall shared the Woollypockets booth with Lil’ Meadow triplets (in matching tropical regalia) and our new “Woolly Bar” – a place for Pockets to hang out at Garden Centers and Nurseries while they wait for you to take them home!
Wally dressed all in white (and green) to grace the stage and hang with the speakers and the beautiful competition arrangements.
A third tropical wall hung out in the show lobby, waiting for Honorees, Award Winners, and Special Guests to take pictures with him! Here’s a few of our faves…
Floral Design Superstar, René van Rems, and his inspiring new book René’s Bouquets
Wally was especially thrilled to stand behind his hero, Bill Wolverton, the scientist who’s pioneering work for NASA started the indoor plant revolution. Loved his speech, especially this part; “Modern high efficiency buildings need plants & soil microbes for indoor air quality!” A lifetime of achievements, indeed! And we are all anxiously awaiting his new book Plants: Why We Can’t Live Without Them, available in October.
Congrats also to Dick Ott, 2010 PIA Professional Hall of Fame Inductee! He won over the crowded room of professional plantscapers, when he said “We’re very fortunate to be in our industry, making others smile!” Couldn’t agree more!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi! And look for Wallys full of beautiful and well cared-for plants in lobbys, restaurants and stores near you!
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We just got a scoop on a wild living wall up in Seattle! The Hunter Gatherer is a newly renovated bar featuring a 21 foot living wall with a twist: taxidermy animal heads peeking out from behind a green cascade of Pothos plants! The wall was designed and planted by Matt and Amoreena Herbage of Midnight Blossom, an amazing floral design studio in Seattle. They are a super creative husband and wife team with a strong sense of design and intention behind their work:
Our goal is to create the most unique and imaginative floral art, combining gorgeous, eye-catching and interesting flowers with the natural botanical elements native to our beautiful Pacific Northwest, such as hand collected stones, driftwood, and sand.
And, they also carry Woolly Pocket Living Walls!
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