October 10 2013

Gunn recently worked with the green wall experts over at Plant Wall Design to create this vertical garden, one that challenges the standard interior displays we’ve seen gaining popularity in recent years. Part of the first phase of a project in Lawrence, NY, project designer Francois Blehaut created the curvilinear wall to soften the hardscape, add natural texture, and orchestrate movement and views within this roof space. The green wall is comprised of over fifteen hundred plants suitable for New York’s hardiness zone, including multiple fern varieties, ivy, heuchera, Echinacea and ilex.


Using almost no soil, the plants are individually placed within a patented felt material that encourages minimal loss of water, allowing the plants to survive with a mix of sediments and water that is usually found in soil. Installation by Plant Wall Design took about a week and used over 20,000 staples to ensure plant material is strongly secured to the wall. Other aspects of the design include a custom ergonomic bench made of slatted ipe wood—which when allowed to weather will turn a stunning silver-grey—and phase two will include an entry garden at ground floor, a linear reflecting pool, and reintroduction of native tree species to the unique landscape. 


Scroll through the photos above for an inside peak at the vertical garden’s transformation, and check back with us for photos of the final project.