Vertical Gardening

December 16, 2010

Living Wall installation at Burke and North 38th Street, Seattle

One of my blog readers invited me to check out the “Living Wall” in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood on North 38th Street near the corner of Burke Avenue.  It’s an intriguing garden space!  Plants are growing out of little pockets in a heavy felt wall.  The structure reminded me of those fabric pocketed shoe racks that hang from closet doors.

The Living Wall in Wallingford has been recently installed by Solterra Systems, so the plants are still small.  I am already looking forward to returning periodically throughout the coming year to see how the plants spread and fill up the vertical space. 

Plants grow in a thick, felted quilt of pockets

Plants in pockets

Late-season plantings

Window cut-out in the Living Wall

6 Responses to “Vertical Gardening”

  1. Lynne Says:

    What fun! Last summer I saw a pair of living walls at the U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C., but I couldn’t find them on the website – probably because they were inside a pair of movable wooden arches that must have been a temporary exhibit.

    By far the best planned living wall (as opposed to those occurring in nature like the mosses and lichens covering the trees in the Olympic Rainforest and the ferns on the walls of Angkor Wat) is the one at Quai Branly in Paris. It really is an amazing sight!

  2. Lynne Says:

    The most amazing designed living wall I’ve seen is in Paris at Quai Branly:

  3. Lona Says:

    Oh, I like that. What a great idea. It has so many little pockets in it.
    Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Christmas.

  4. Monica H Says:

    I’m a vertical gardener too. My weeds grow very tall. ha!

  5. Elisa Says:

    oo is it still there now? any images?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: