Plug and Play Living Walls
Plug and Play living walls are the most maintenance friendly system on the market today. Potted plants sit in rows and absorb water through capillary action when irrigated. If one plant needs to be replaced it can be easily exchanged for another potted plant without messy replanting, disassembling or cutting out parts of the living wall system. The benefit to this is lower maintenance costs for the end user, especially at heights where safety is crucial. We typically use this system for all of our interior projects whenever possible.
McMaster Health Centre, Hamilton, ON.
This 3-storey living wall spans the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors at the McMaster Health Centre and is a key component of the ‘feature wall’ (including a water feature and an open staircase/atrium overlooking a green roof) that promotes health by bringing nature into the building and into view of staff and patients alike. Daily exposure to nature is linked to improved mental health, reduced stress, and faster recovery rates after medical procedures. The living wall has approximately 700 tropical plants and a fully automated, multi-zone irrigation system that uses rainwater captured from the building’s rooftop. Irrigation inputs are carefully controlled to provide plants with optimal water and to minimize waste. Maintenance is regularly performed on the entire living wall using a one-person motorized basket suspended from the ceiling.
Vitality Physical Health, Markham, ON.
This 4×6′ living wall is featured in the physical assessment and rehabilitation area of a multi-disciplinary health clinic in Markham, Ontario. 180 plants in the living wall are irrigated with a submersible pump located inside a custom stainless steel reservoir shown beneath. The pump is automated by a plug in timer and calibrated so each row of plants receives an optimal amount of water every week, without waste or overwatering. Special lights with a timer and dimmer were installed to ensure plants have optimal growing conditions in this area without natural light.
Wurltech Securities, Vancouver, BC.
This 9×10′ living wall is an integral part of the office’s feature wall that will be located next to the Wurldtech corporate logo (under construction). It features almost 600 tropical plants and has a fully-automated irrigation & fertigation system and drain outlet beneath.
E.C. Drury School for the Deaf, Milton, ON.
This 4×6′ living wall is featured in the main foyer of the School to optimize human exposure to nature inside the building by students and staff alike. The system includes an automated irrigation system (behind) and drain outlet (beneath) as well as specialized lights connected to a timer to support healthy plant growth where natural light does not exist.
White Oaks Secondary School, Milton, ON.
This 8×4′ living wall is featured in the main foyer of the School entrance. Plants are irrigated with a manual watering tray (above) and removable catch basin (below). Students from the schools’s Green Industry program help maintain the living wall as part of their educational curriculum.
Picture Wall, Toronto, ON.
This 2×2′ living wall kit easily mounts onto any wall with only 2 screws. It is watered by pouring water in a hole at the top of the system. Plants can be easily rearranged or replaced using the Plug and Play technology.
8×6′ Freestanding Unit
This unit is installed in a sunny atrium at the College Park building in Toronto ON. It holds 360 plants that can easily be changed out for seasonal interest. Shown below are pictures of the living wall before and after a spring planting pattern (tulip). The manual watering system means no water connections are required and all of the plants are easily watered every 5-7 days.
Exterior Living Walls
Below is an exterior living wall project in Keswick, Ontario intended to beautify an outdoor patio space bordered by a large concrete parking structure. The panels are filled with a variety of hardy perennials for visual interest and irrigated with an automated drip irrigation system. With monthly maintenance and winterization techniques, the perennials will return year after year to delight residents of this multi-unit complex.
For exterior applications and vertical farming, we typically employ 6″ deep living wall panels by GLTi. The extra depth provides greater space for larger roots and insulation for over-wintering of perennials like herbs. These panels even can grow root vegetables such as potatoes, beets, and compact carrot varieties! Grow your own leafy greens and cherry tomatoes on any vertical surface. The same living wall panels can be filled with showy perennials and evergreen ground cover for decorative purposes. The pictures below show exterior living wall panels filled with herbs, vegetables, and strawberries (left); as well as perennial plants and ground covers (right).
Residential Living Wall Design & Installation
The location of this 2×4′ GLTi Plug and Play living wall designed and installed by Vertical Landscape Architects takes several factors into account, including: 1) maximum visual impact for guests entering the home and for the residents occupying the main floor (can be seen from multiple vantage points), 2) utilization of the greatest natural light from the south facing windows located nearby, and 3) convenient access to the manual watering basin from the adjacent staircase landing. High quality stainless steel components and trim are a perfect match for this contemporary residential setting.
This custom 4×4′ GLTi Plug and Play living wall designed and installed by Vertical Landscape Architects features over 100 tropical plants that have a tremendous visual impact in the client’s home. The location of the living wall takes advantage of natural daylight to enable plants to perform optimally without the use of artificial light. This system has a manual watering trough at the top which makes regular watering very simple. A continuous sheet of aluminum behind the plants ensures a completely leak free environment. Excess water is captured in the lower catch basin although this living wall system is extremely efficient and produces very little if any wastewater.
Commercial Living Wall Design & Installation
Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. proudly installed a custom 2×4′ GLTi Plug and Play living wall in the main foyer of the Integrated Health Clinic in Ft. Langley, BC. IHC is the largest naturopathic clinic in Canada and the premiere naturopathic oncology care centre in North America. The GLTi system was a natural choice for this location due to the high level of hygiene required at the health clinic (no risk of mold or algae because the system is soil based and allowed to dry out between regular waterings), as well as the ease of installation and maintenance. The mass of tropical plants in the living wall remove airborne toxins, contribute oxygen and improve the mental well-being of patients coming and going and staff working in this busy clinic.
Living Wall Design & Installation
Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. successfully competed an interior living wall project for an office building in Toronto. The living wall is located at the front entrance to achieve a major visual impact for clients and employees. The Mini-Garden system for this installation measures 6 ft. wide and almost 6 ft. tall. A recirculating pump and reservoir irrigates the system’s 72 tropical plants. Custom woodwork to match the modern office interior includes barn board cabinetry to house the irrigation system and drainage channel, as well as an armature for full spectrum lighting. Below is an elevation view of the chosen planting pattern and pictures of the finished product.
2×6′ Freestanding Living Wall Units
Vertical Landscape Architects and Hollander Landscaping Ltd. planted and assembled two 2’x6′ freestanding living wall units made by GLTi. Three 4″ deep living wall panels hang on a study frame of recycled aluminum tubing. Manual watering is performed with a stainless steel reservoir at the top of the frame while excess water and soil particles are captured in a stainless steel catch basin at the bottom of the frame. These units can be built to a variety of different sizes and purchased or rented from Vertical Landscape Architects. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Green Facade – Outdoor Trellis System
Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. designed and installed an outdoor cable trellis system for a home in Toronto. The trellis system is approximately 15 ft high and 2 ft wide. The flowering vine selected for the system will completely cover the trellis in approximately 1 year. Pictures below show concept sketches, installed cable trellis system just planted, and the mature vine 2 years later. The flowers on this vine are great for pollinator insect species if you’re interested in improving our urban ecology.
Green Facade – Indoor Trellis System
Vertical Landcape Architects Inc. was designed an indoor cable trellis system for a high-end home renovation. Below is a picture of the design concepts for the desired areas directly adjacent to the modern staircase.
Living Wall Planting Design, Installation & Maintenance
Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. completed planting of a DIRTT living wall system in the entrance lobby at the a new downtown office suite in Toronto. It was very inspiring to hear how much interest and appreciation there was for the living wall from the firm’s staff and associates. Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. will maintain the living wall as well. Pictures below show the living wall planting process and finished product by Vertical Landscape Architects Inc.
Canada Blooms 2013
Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. was invited to participate in Canada Blooms by Creative Garden Design. The exhibit, called Vertical Terraces will feature a 144 square foot living wall designed and installed by Vertical Landscape Architects. A special structure was created to hold the weight of 36 2′ x 2′ x 4″ GLTi Patented Living Green Wall panels. Below are simulations of the Vertical Terraces exhibit (providing context for both sides of the living wall), simulations of the living wall planting patterns and pictures of the installed living walls at the Canada Blooms exhibit.
Interior Green Wall
Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. planned and installed a patented living wall kit manufactured by Sage Vertical Garden Systems in a residential Toronto home. The size of the unit including trim is approximately 4.25 (w) x 3.75 (h) ft. Modular growing medium panels were pre-grown at a nearby nursery according to the desired planting plan. The room has plenty of natural light, so additional lighting was not necessary. The living wall is simply irrigated with a nearby reservoir and recirculating pump according to the manufacturer’s specifications. This project is a good example of a modest indoor living wall providing immediate and significant visual impact for the home owners. Please contact Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. for more information.
Vertical Landscape Architects Inc. is a GLTi Prostaff & Certified Installer of GLTi systems.