living walls

Justin W. Hancock

Lovely Living Walls

Des Moines may be the largest city in Iowa, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s pretty small.  That’s one of the things about traveling to larger cities exciting: You get to see more trendy new things.

I recently added another item of my list of things to see: The new living wall at the Embassy Suites in downtown Chicago. Installed by Ambius interiorscaping, it’s a 720-square-foot wall that features some 3,800 plants, including ‘Neon’ pothos, rabbit’s-foot fern, and Rex begonias.

It’s a perfect solution for a hotel lobby — the plants help cut down on noise, help cool the air in summer, and add valuable humidity in winter. Plus, it cleans the air as many indoor plants are great scrubbers of indoor air pollutants.

It’s also perfect for a home (though not quite on this scale!). By using systems such as Bright Green trays, you can create your own vertical work of art. Imagine how much fun it would be to have a living wall like this hanging in your living room, or growing herbs in this manner in your kitchen!

Image courtesy Vorticom, Inc.