Where are you studying Landscape Architecture? I've been a follower of yours and had no clue that you're an LA student until reading a response from a question someone else asked. I'm at Guelph!
Yay! Another landscape student!
I am at the University of Manitoba, doing my masters of landscape architecture.
to any other landscape architecture students who may be following this blog, I’d like to promote another blog that another LA student set up last year as a place to share our designs and ideas. It’s pretty awesome, but it doesn’t get as much attention as it should. I try to post stuff somewhat regularly there but I often forget…. Come post stuff!
I'm a senior at UC Davis. I'm currently interning for an extension daycare center on campus and they want to use nature to teach children about math, science, and the value of our environment. There is limited space but luckily budget isn't too much of an issue :) I have actually come across some educational vertical gardens but I love looking at all kinds of examples. So if you find any and send them my way; thanks in advance :) Where do you study? or are you working already?
Cool beans. There is one example I can think of off the top of my head… It’s a Biodiversity map of Europe… Pretty cool. and educational. If you google “EEA Biodiversity map green wall” you will find it!
Good luck with the budget… Even though you say it’s not an issue, it may become one when they find out exactly how much a vertical garden will be…. They’re SUPER expensive.
I am currently in my second year of my masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, hooray!
Your blog is one of my favorites. If you come across any interactive vertical gardens please send them my way! I'm a landscape architecture student working on a vertical garden in an educational, natural playscape for children. :)
Awwwww shucks! Thanks :D I love that you love it…
It’s nice to hear from a fellow landscape architecture student!! Where do you study? What year are you in? Are educational vertical gardens your practicum topic?
I’ve come across many interactive/ educational vertical gardens, many in schools and associated with daycare programs for children. Teachers like to use them to teach the kids about nature and plants and how to grow them. I can’t think of any specific examples right now, but I’m sure if you google “educational vertical garden” or “vertical garden school” or something like that you’ll find some stuff…
If I think of any specific examples, I’ll ask-box-send em your way!
The unique design is nearly 3,000 square feet and consists of over 10,000 individual plants representing more than 120 unique species. It includes ground covers, large perennials, shrubs and small trees.
A green wall, also known as a living wall is a self-sufficient vertical garden that is attached to the exterior or interior of a building. The technology being used is soil-free, and the plants receive water and nutrients from within the vertical support instead of from the ground. It closely mimics how plants grow vertically in nature such as on cliffs, bluffs, tree branches or next to waterfalls.
“The large diversity of plant species chosen creates a balanced ecosystem that is an urban oasis for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds,” says Patrick Poiraud, Principal at Green over Grey – Living Walls and Design, the Vancouver-based company designing and constructing the wall. “The living wall helps to insulate the building, purify the air and transforms the grey concrete into hundreds of shades of green.”
Green over Grey has done many green walls in the Vancouver region. They are definitely one of the leaders of the Canadian vertical garden revolution… I just made that up. Sounds good hey? Vertical Garden Revolution. I love it.
I don’t now of any specific people that could design them in Hong Kong, but I am sure any of the local landscape architects/ landscape architecture firms could… Theoretically anyone could though. All you need to do is research locally available vertical garden systems, and contact the reps for those companies. They will explain pretty much everything you need to know, except which plants to use. Finding out which plants to use can be tricky, but you can always hire a botanist or landscape architect or gardener to spec some good (drought/ wet / dry/ hot/ urban pollution tolerant,) species with small root masses for you. Plants that grow on naturally occurring cliffs in the region will do best.
Hope that helps you out a bit, Anon. My apologies for not responding to this right away. Life has been a bit crazy, but it’s settling down a wee bit again now, so I hope to be keeping up with this blog properly again soon.