It's no secret, we are plant fanatics. Inside our studio we have cared for tens of thousands of plants and carefully placed them on dozens of living walls. We hunt for the best products and hold our systems close to our chest. But if there is one thing we cannot hide, it is natures purest right to be publicly accessible and freely enjoyed! Many of our living and moss walls are created for limited use at an event, tradeshow or as art in a private home. So when we get the chance to execute a project that is accessible to the public, we go BIG for the people in that community.
Here is a guide to our most accessible living and moss walls, designed and installed as our big 'ole green high-five to everyone passing by.
The Pleasanton Project is our largest, completed living wall to-date. Measuring 201 feet long and totaling 1,161 square feet, the piece consists of 4,664 different plants including succulents, ferns and small acacia trees. This vertical garden surrounds the patio, pool and grill of a private home, but lucky for you, it extends along the property gate and outside to the street-- making half of the wall something you can see for yourself! Because the wall would be enjoyed by so many, it was important for us to touch on all the human senses, therefore, we deliberately selected plants with alluring aromas. For example, chamomile was planted on the wall closest to the entrance of the property so the people walking by would be welcomed by a pleasing smell. A restaurant quality grill sits near the wall where we added mint so the chef would be compelled to touch and taste by adding to a dish directly from the garden in front of him. Walk on by and see if you can smell the chamomile.
Feast your eyes on San Francisco’s first, community-built living wall in San Francisco’s Mission District. Rising up 30 feet on 14th Street and Van Ness, this mural is a living, breathing, evolving work of art. The building, which is home to several businesses on the inside, hosts more than 3,200 drought-resistant plants on the outside. Woven together artistically and intentionally over 1,200 square feet, this living canvas not only provides a refreshing treat for the senses, it also creates a thriving habitat for nature, attracting birds, butterflies and bees to the city. Like many of our designs, the wall is self-sustaining because of a complex vertical irrigation system that includes over 200 feet of irrigation and a 1,350-gallon recirculating rain catchment tank. The installation was completed in six days, but seemed to have appeared overnight because close to 100 helping hands made it happen quicker than many neighbors could notice. This was one of our first public facing walls, and the community effort to bring nature to urban spaces has been the drive behind much of our work ever since.
As designers that focus on bringing life into unexpected places, there was nothing more exciting than incorporating plant life into an environment that is full of other amazing living species. The heart of the Zoo's living wall was using plants’ natural healing elements and visual appeal for humans and animals to enjoy. The wall features asparagus plumosa fern, bird’s nest fern, maranta, philodendron congo, philodendron brasil, philodendron hope and selaginella, just to name a few. The wall was installed in the Zoo’s Lemur Enclosure and is fully functional for the Lemurs to enjoy! Approximately halfway up the wall is a passage, complete with ventilation, which the animals often use at night. The area is spacious enough to maintain safe airflow and enhance the animal’s comfort. Ability to see this living wall is subject to the Zoo's hours and entrance fees, but you'd be wild not to go see it!
Annmarie Skin Care products are made of organic and wildcrafted ingredients, including herbs and plant extracts, to meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness for your skin and body. Our mission of creating sustainable designs and their environmentally-friendly products made this piece a match made in moss-heaven! When you enter their retail location you will see a custom plant painting that showcases their brand with the laser-cut words Honest. Wild. Beautiful. We also mixed preserved moss and reclaimed wood throughout the reception area. Our preservation process allows the plant to retain its natural features. Unlike your average houseplant, they do NOT require any maintenance such as water or sunlight-- making it ideal for a business owner that wants to stand out without upkeep. Head in to their shop for some eye and skin-candy!
The Flood Building has been a San Francisco landmark since 1904. If you visit retailers in the area often, chances are you've already seen our moss wall at the GAP. The large tower in the middle of the store was built specifically to house the preserved plant wall. When we do a site visit prior to customizing a design, we often imagine where plants would thrive and build that space, rather than forcing them to exists in a less-than-ideal area. Many of our clients expect very little to no maintenance and proper placement helps the preserved plants keep their form and color just like any other artwork that is hit with direct sunlight or moist air. Most retail stores are built in direct sunlight, which makes people feel happy and attracts them to shop. Sun can work in a plant wall's favor, as long as the plants can stand the heat. For GAP, we were careful to use heat-resitant plants like salal, big ivy leaves, evergreen and pint, various ferns, lichen, palms, bear grass and papyrus. Check her out during store hours.
As you are exploring, don't be shy to learn more about what you are seeing on our FAQ's page. Our living and moss walls aren't beautiful for what they have, they're beautiful for what they give. Enjoy the tour!