Why Design Vertically?

~ Getting the most out of your space ~

When it comes to thinking outside the planter box, up may be the way to go. 

           Preserved moss wall with lighting

           Preserved moss wall with lighting

What a bright idea

Not only is a living or preserved plant wall perfect for limited space, there are numerous other benefits that you probably never realized. Let's start with a living plant wall. 

What is a vertical living wall?

Imagine a vine covered Victorian mansion. In a sense, that was one of the very first "living walls." These days, a modern living wall consists of a team of designers who not only create a growing, breathing piece of art, but a self-sustaining, irrigated system of plants specific to your aesthetics and needs. Beginning in the 1980's, the living wall has continued to gain momentum and will be the future of sustainable cities.

Some of the virtues of a living wall include:

·         Cools the environment

·         Cleans the outside and inside air of pollutants, toxins, and dust 

·         Is a sound proofing barrier

·         Creates habitats for birds and insects

·         Can be used as your own indoor or outdoor farm

·         Increases your real estate value

·         Boosts morale and reduces stress

·         Qualifies for LEED certification points from USGBC: "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design."

ALL of that from planting outside the box onto the wall -  Not to mention, they're beautiful.

Click here for more gorgeous examples of vertical living walls

And what is a preserved wall?

A preserved vertical wall usually consists of dried mosses, ferns, mushrooms, driftwood, grasses, flowers, and various other plants.

For more examples click here

For more examples click here

Why do you want a preserved plant wall? We've already established that any kind of greenery is beautiful, but here are some other benefits:

·         Every plant undergoes a non-toxic preservation process

·         It doesn't require much maintenance (you're welcome "brown-thumbs")

·         It reduces the carbon footprint by replacing plastic plants

·          Like a living wall, it helps create a calming and inviting environment

·         They have longevity and low energy consumption

As you can see, vertical walls can be the answer to the green (or brown) thumb, and small urban apartments or offices for those that want to bring more nature into their space. But whether you live in an urban or rural setting, want some eco-friendly art to spruce up your home or business, a vertical plant wall is so much more than just a green wall...

...It's the perfect blend of nature, art, and sustainability.

To know more about San Francisco's first community built living wall click here

To know more about San Francisco's first community built living wall click here

A Magical Transformation

How do you transform a bare wall into a profusion of fauna?

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It takes 4,644 different plants, 7 irrigation systems for each vegetation "zone," and many helping hands over 1,161 sq. feet to be exact! 

Various succulents, ferns, and even small acacia trees helped transform a backyard into a beautiful yard. How do we create the perfect planted potion? By following these steps:

1) Take measurements of light and water exposure to ensure proper placement of plants. (Ferns require share so thus planted along the shaded patio. Succulents require sun so are thus planted on the sun exposed wall).

2) Build custom industrial felt pocket planting system.

3) Use different irrigation systems for various "zones" of vegetation.

4) Add a little love.

Lastly, we carefully select plants with attractive aromas such as chamomile to be planted at the entrance to the property, so that people walking by on the street will be drawn into the space.  

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There were even strawberries hidden among the foliage...

"Zwartkop" may sound like a magical incantation, but the "black rose" is a gorgeous succulent from the Canary Islands that blooms with bright yellow flowers in the spring.

To see more of this magical living wall click here

Bring in the Brigade!

Geometric meets organic in Planted Design's latest installation with local tech company Brigade. It's a dynamic piece that uses not only the flow of moss and ferns, but also the natural striation of the wood grain, pulling the gaze across its diamond patterning. As Brigade brings people together, so does this beautiful piece bring tech and nature together. Where there is passion and community, there is beauty.

Avant Garde Moss

Planted Design was proud to be featured this year in San Francisco's Decorator Showcase! 

 

Bedroom designed by Jaimie Belew

For the "intellectual individual with a creative spirit," a living moss wall brings the calming beauty of nature to any space. Greenery not only can help create a Modern Avant Garde setting, but numerous studies have shown it to reduce anxiety and depression. So, the next time you can't decide on which color or wall paper to use in your home, why not "plant" it instead? 

A Touch of Green

What happens when you follow your passions in life?

Read on and find out where Amanda's love for moss and music led her...

Amanda grew up on the folk ballads and guitar riffs of the Grateful Dead which eventually led to this beautiful moss piece of their Steal Your Face logo (sold here).

Little did she know that it would one day lead her to meet the bassist of the Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh!

"He was elated and excited to learn more about the mosses!"

And you can see it in their smiles. When passions collide, joy is shared. 

For the Love of Moss

Breathe deep the next time you come across a blanket of moss for it’s a green light for a healthy, clean environment. Hugging the earth, they attach themselves with root-like structures called rhizoids, but mostly gain their nutrients from rain, dew, and sunlight. Besides soothing your soul, they can also soothe wounds and were used up until the First World War as interim bandages since they contain a chemical with anti-bacterial properties. As one of the first plants on Earth, evolving millennia ago from algae, they literally helped our world grow. So, when hiking through the woods send your Bryophyta brethren some love!

Image source: Red marquis

Image source: Red marquis

Passion For Organic

Organic is always at the heart of Clif Bar’s mission and that’s why this year at the Natural Products Expo West

Planted Design helped create a unique and natural exhibition. A striking 360° red moss sign boldly displayed

Clif Bar’s “New” nut-butter filled energy bars while a living fern wall beautifully emphasized their passion for healthy, organic products.

Planted Design Wins Two Prestigious International Plantscape Design Awards!

We are pleased to announce that Planted Design has earned two international platinum-level awards in the "Design" and "Silk, Replica & Preserved" categories. We had a wonderful time participating at the AmericanHort Cultivate Conference in July!

Here is an excerpt on the event and awards:

Planted Design Wins Two Prestigious International Plantscape Design Awards               July 15, 2016

Emeryville, CA– Planted Design (www.planteddesign.com), an industry leader in designing Living Walls and Moss Walls, recently earned two acclaimed International Platinum-level Plantscape Awards in the category of “Design” and “Silk, Replica & Preserved” at the AmericanHort Cultivate Conference, the largest all-industry horticulture event in North America. Winners were selected based on the quality, design and innovative strength of each project.  Acquiring 90 percent or more of the total number of points possible earned the recognition of Platinum Level for both of these awards, which were selected by a panel of three industry-leading judges.

The first award, in the category of “Design,” is for Planted Design’s Exterior Living Wall installation in San Francisco’s Mission District.  The 1,200 square foot wall was designed using 3,200 plants, many of which were bay-native and drought tolerant with bloom cycles throughout the year.

The second award, in the category of “Silk, Replica & Preserved” is for Planted Designs staged moss backdrop for a speaker series at the Visa Everywhere Lounge at Superbowl 50 in San Francisco.  This Moss Wall spanned 24’ x 10’, and was branded ‘Everywhere Lounge’ with a variety of different colored mosses making up the lettering.

“It is a great honor to be recognized amongst such an amazing industry.  I hope our designs can continue to brighten and transform buildings in city environments, and help bring the beauty and healing power of nature and plants into more home and office environments throughout the country,” said Amanda Goldberg, Founder of Planted Design.

About Planted Design

Planted Design is a full service firm focused on creating beautiful, functional and sustainable designs using plants and mosses. We connect nature in unexpected places, and in unexpected ways. Whether you are a business, designer, homeowner or planning a special event, we can help your next project ‘come alive.’ We offer permanent installations as well as rentals, and utilize a large assortment of live plants or preserved plants, depending on the intended use, available lighting and client desires. We also create customized shapes, logos and lettering to help our clients showcase their brand in unique and beautiful ways.

Whether you choose a small or large, indoor or outdoor planting, we help you select the site, the plant palette and the framing to create a living architecture that incorporates sustainable design.

About AmericanHort

AmericanHort was formed in 2014 by the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals. With a combined history of 220+ years, AmericanHort supports nearly 16,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. The horticulture industry's production, wholesale, retail, and landscape service components have annual sales of $163 billion, and sustain over 1.15 million full- and part-time jobs. Our mission is to unite, promote, and advance the horticulture industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research. The association has offices in Columbus, Ohio for administration and member services, and in Washington, DC to facilitate government relations and research activities.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Goldberg

Amanda@planteddesign.com

www.planteddesign.com

(510) 972-4769

 

 

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Planted Design featured at Inside Source

We are pleased to announce that Planted Design has been featured at Inside Source! Inside Source is a Bay Area company that designs and furnishes indoor spaces. They now have one of our beautiful moss walls in their business space! We hope this greenery inspires the innovative, nature-minded work spaces to come. 

 https://www.insidesource.com/

 

 

Be Safehouse Living Wall

Summer is around the corner and we at Planted Design have been building and installing more live plant walls. And the living wall we built last summer/fall in San Francisco's Mission District has been recently featured in Inhabitat. We're excited to see our living showpiece more grown in and lusher than ever. 

Be Safehouse, May 2016

Be Safehouse, May 2016

The Sierra Club's New, Lush Moss Wall

We welcomed the Sierra Club into their new Oakland office with this 8'x12' preserved moss wall with a handmade Douglas fir frame. In the past couple of weeks, the team dedicated their time to this project, from first drawing out designs and planning the moss patterns to building and hand-staining this enormous frame to finally installing it in their reception area this past Saturday. We're so glad to see it up in all its green lushness glory! 

A behind-the-scene photo of Planted Design's moss manager working hard (or hardly working?) on the project. 

A behind-the-scene photo of Planted Design's moss manager working hard (or hardly working?) on the project. 

Moss masterpieces now on Etsy!

Living walls are now a popular interior trend and rightfully so. Our clients love having greenery indoors, but not everyone had the right conditions to grow plants in their space or time/resources to take care of them. We hated saying no to our clients, so we found a comparable alternative to satisfy their green needs-- preserved moss walls! 

Moss walls allow our clients to have a touch of nature without any of the maintenance. We are extremely picky about the quality of the mosses we use, so we source them from all over the world. They go through a process of glycerin preservation, so that the moss retains its color, texture, and overall vibrant appearance. They do not require any sunlight or water, and can keep up their soft, natural look for up to 10 years.

Soon we were getting requests for smaller projects and this is when we started making ‘preserved plant paintings’ for our Etsy page.  Check out of what we’ve made so far! 

We pair our pieces with gorgeous handmade reclaimed wood frames. 

We pair our pieces with gorgeous handmade reclaimed wood frames. 

We can do custom shapes, colors, and sizes. 

We can do custom shapes, colors, and sizes. 

Our very first veggie wall!

At this year’s Natural Products Expo, we had the opportunity to help build a green wall for Farmhouse Culture’s booth. Except this time instead of using moss or plants, we used 126 fresh cabbages and it turns out they make for a great display!

We’re excited to see the world of green walls expanding to veggies. The sky’s the limit for designing with greenery and Planted Design is here to make your living wall fantasies become a reality. 

Designing with Moss

People started designing with moss thousands of years ago. Japanese Zen Buddhist monks were among the firsts to do so, by using moss in their rock gardens (aka zen gardens). Their zen gardens were not intended to necessarily imitate the actual appearance, but the intimate and profound quality of nature. Zen Buddhist monks admired the cool tranquility of moss, so they cultivated it on stones and walls. These carefully composed arrangements of rocks, moss, sand, pruned trees, and other organic features served as a meditation aid as well as a connection to nature. 

When designing with moss at Planted Design, like the Buddhist monks, we do not necessarily strive to copy the actual appearance of nature, but we want to bring our clients closer to how we feel when we are in nature-- a sense of calmness, familiarity, and focus. We want people to feel a connection with our natural world when experiencing our moss work. 

We designed this for Marin Natural Medicine Clinic, for acupuncture patients to view while getting their treatments.

We designed this for Marin Natural Medicine Clinic, for acupuncture patients to view while getting their treatments.

Below are some around-the-house moss wall inspiration.

Building Greener Cities

One of Planted Design’s more prominent works has just been featured in Uplift’s latest article on greener cities! Our very own, Amanda Goldberg designed the facade of ‘Be Safehouse’ located in the heart of San Francisco, proving that we can in fact coexist and flourish with plants in a big city. Using plants of varying colors, textures, and bloom cycles, she not only created a gorgeous piece of landscape design, but a powerful statement on the way we can incorporate nature into urban environments.

It can be difficult to grow plants with limited outdoor space, but with developing irrigation technology and innovative designers, this can change. Making a conscious choice to include greenery in building our cities will enhance our quality of life, both aesthetically and physically (by improving air quality.) With that said, we hope to continue to contribute to the future of greener cities. To creating more local community gardens, rooftop gardens, and living plant walls!

Different colors, textures, and bloom periods helps build a unique floral pattern. 

Different colors, textures, and bloom periods helps build a unique floral pattern. 

As the plants grow, the design will become denser and more unified. 

As the plants grow, the design will become denser and more unified. 



Plant Wellness

Living in cities, we are constantly surrounded by concrete, traffic, noise and pollution. This is not the way we’re meant to live. Humans have had an evolutionary bond with plants since the beginning of . The human eye can distinguish between 2,000 shades of green, but only 100 shades of red. Recognizing a plant’s shade of green was important when you were about to eat it or use it for shelter or medicine. This could be why we’re drawn to plants. They have a profound impact on our physical and mental wellness. Greenery softens this harsh environment, acting as a tonic to ease stress and fatigue. Green walls provide a substantial and spiritual connection to nature, which is missing in our modern concrete jungle.

Studies have shown that simply having a view of greenery in the workplace provokes positive physiological responses and increases productivity. Participants in this study shows that people exposed to plants have quicker reaction times (high productivity) and lower blood pressure (less stressed) in the presence of plants. Plants help people to feel more relaxed and focused, which can also enhance creativity, idea generation, and problem solving capabilities.

Having plants around you can drastically improve focus and general well being. We at Planted Design are dedicated to making your interiors healthier and more relaxing spaces! Check out some of these office living walls for inspiration. 



Living Restaurants

Plants have slowly made their way from the natural world, to our yards, then into our homes. Let’s not stop there! Plants are now making their way into restaurants all over the world. Eating good food is already a baseline source of comfort, but designers are taking it to the next level and enhancing their dining by using plants to evoke feelings of relaxation and serenity. Enjoy these inspirations of bringing nature to our culinary experiences! 

Hanging pothos at Haven in our very own Oakland, CA

Lush vertical garden, bike included, at Restaurant Padrinos in Mexico City, Mexico

Lush vertical garden, bike included, at Restaurant Padrinos in Mexico City, Mexico

Furry fern living plant wall at Home-Made Delicate Restaurant in Milan, Italy

Furry fern living plant wall at Home-Made Delicate Restaurant in Milan, Italy

Plant ceiling and herbs at Segev Kitchen Garden Restaurant in Hod Hasharon, Israel

Plant ceiling and herbs at Segev Kitchen Garden Restaurant in Hod Hasharon, Israel



Six ways to scrub your air.

Partners in design: Amanda and Brandon Pruett from Living Green Design co-created this living wall in San Francisco’s Mission District, turning a sterile heat island into a thriving green oasis.

Partners in design: Amanda and Brandon Pruett from Living Green Design co-created this living wall in San Francisco’s Mission District, turning a sterile heat island into a thriving green oasis.

What’s better than the gift of clean air? Thanks to her unique skills in green building and regenerative design, Amanda Goldberg of Planted Design has the air quality thing down, so breathe easy. Learn more about her vertical gardens, also available for rent, and innovative ideas that combine beauty with healthier air, inside and out.

A green installation for Twitter by Amanda Goldberg

A green installation for Twitter by Amanda Goldberg

Did you know? 70% of the detoxing our bodies need is supplied by breathing (perspiration provides 20%). And yet, dangerous volatile organic compounds released by carpets, copiers, and most any synthetic item in our lives rob us of clean air daily!

“People often don’t think about the VOC gases given off by fresh paint, flooring, carpet and cleaning products,” says Amanda. “More people in a room also raise carbon dioxide levels. Too much CO2 makes us sleepy and causes headaches, nausea and sickness.”

Florafelt Recirc 32-Pocket Plant Tower by Rainforest Plants for Trifacta San Francisco.

With all those hazardous compounds and carbon dioxide hanging around, Amanda creates living walls that work hard to remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and other toxins from the home and workplace. Thanks to photosynthesis, plants also replace toxins with vital oxygen.

Amanda’s top plant picks for healthier indoor air

1. Pothos

2. Orchids

3. Philodendron

4. Snake plant

5. Spider plant

6. Peace lily - does well in low light and shade

Amanda created her first vertical garden while working for Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, helping companies such as Aveda design products for a sustainable economy. Last March, she “took a leap” and started her own business bringing walls to life. She started with an 8x4-foot mobile vertical garden for the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA, then installed it in her client's office in Palo Alto, CA.

Pothos Vertical Garden for Go Raw by Amanda Goldberg Planted Design

Pothos Vertical Garden for Go Raw by Amanda Goldberg Planted Design

Now her creativity knows no bounds. With her unique custom portable gardens, Amanda is tapping into, and ramping up, the market for living wall rentals – weddings, conferences, photo booths and more. Because these gardens need backlighting, company logos and other special touches, Amanda turns to a whole community of artistans to bring out the best in her projects. As a ceramic artist and  industrial designer who created a “living desk” for her college thesis, perhaps it’s only natural. “I enjoy the collaborative spirit. It inspires and invigorates me," she says.

Florafelt Pro System filled with California Native Species by Amanda Goldberg and Brandon Pruett in San Francisco on 14th Street between Mission and Folsom.

Florafelt Pro System filled with California Native Species by Amanda Goldberg and Brandon Pruett in San Francisco on 14th Street between Mission and Folsom.

Amanda often works with clients whose spaces are short on natural light, so she creates walls composed with maintenance-free mosses that stand up to low light. The mosses are preserved, having lived once, so they still provide an eye-catching way to spotlight a firm’s eco-credentials while setting it apart from the crowd.

Preserved Moss Wall by Amanda Goldberg Planted Design

Preserved Moss Wall by Amanda Goldberg Planted Design

Amanda says she’s happy with the ease and flexibility of Plants On Walls‘ Florafelt system. “You can put plants in, then exchange them for a different aesthetic as your style changes."

How much is enough? For a 1,800 square foot house, a NASA study recommends 15 to 18 good-sized plants that clean the air and give off oxygen.

Air-scrubbing low-light tropicals vertical garden by Amanda Goldberg Planted Design.

Air-scrubbing low-light tropicals vertical garden by Amanda Goldberg Planted Design.

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Annmarie Gianni's Moss Wall Installation "This Green Wall Doesn’t Need to Be Watered (Here’s Why…)"

Planted Design has been featured on Ann Marie Gianni's "We Heart" list. 

To read the full story, click here!

Our Green Wall at Ann Marie Gianni Skin Care

Written by: Hope Freije

As with any project, there are considerations for the space you’re working with and what you’re looking to get out of it. For us, our space was the entryway to our office, which receives some light but not necessarily enough to keep a wall of plants happy.

We also aren’t equipped to install an entire greywater irrigation system to water them. And with our state in a state of drought, we weren’t about to spend clean water on this.

So we were really excited to connect with our friend Amanda, who is using a plant preservation method to create green designs that don’t require water or light.

         The plants stay green and vibrant-looking, but don’t require any inputs, resulting in evergreen art.

         The plants stay green and vibrant-looking, but don’t require any inputs, resulting in evergreen art.

She arranged these planks of moss, ferns, and other plants (there’s even a mushroom in there) amongst reclaimed wood pieces from a nearby salvage yard to create something super unique and beautiful for our space.

           Russel, a woodworking wizard, helped her with the installation.

           Russel, a woodworking wizard, helped her with the installation.

Amanda incorporated shelves into the design, since this will soon be our new retail space! You’ll be able to come visit us in Berkeley and purchase or test out any of the products in our line! Stay tuned to find out when our grand opening is.

Amanda's unique approach to design is something we haven’t seen before. Working with her was such a fun process. Rachel got to go with her to choose the wood pieces you see in this photo and collaborated with her to incorporate shelves for product display into the design.

During the couple of days she was in the office installing this, she stopped to have lunch with the team and answered our questions about everything from the types of plants she uses to her career path to which offices and locations she’s installed her beautiful designs. We’re a curious bunch.

We whole-heartedly recommend working with her if you have a design in mind. (She travels!)

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Pothos Paradise

There is much hype about this ubiquitous household plant and with good reason. Also known as the devil’s ivy, this plant is anything but evil. It is one of NASA and ALCA’s approved plants for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and other toxic chemicals from the air. 

Not only does it require very little maintenance, it can thrive almost anywhere. It doesn’t need much light or water making an ideal plant for even the dimmest indoor areas. They are fast growing and also very easy to propagate, so once you have one plant, you can essentially have as many as you want!

With its viney, lush green characteristics, it is a go-to plant for decorating (and purifying) any room. Here are some of our favorite inspirations.

This past March, we designed and built an 8ft living wall for Go Raw, made solely out of our beloved Pothos plant. If you are interested in purifying your air while beautifying your space, we at Planted Design would love to help you achieve this in home or office!