More Green Wall Blogging

Thought I would also share some blog entries I wrote during my time at The Living Wall Company. I certainly enjoy writing about green infrastructure and living architecture.  It is very important to return vegetation to urban environments and restore natural communities in natural environments.

Enjoy!!

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Green Wall Blogging

Green Wall Blogging

I’ve been a little quiet on here lately.  But I have kept myself busy.Green Wall

After about 2 years of being involved with the start-up living wall company, I am pursuing other opportunities in St. Louis (or KC, or beyond). Entry-level opportunities of interest include: environmental scientist or specialist, sustainability coordinator, program coordinator, product manager, environmental educator, renewable energy sales, consulting, landscape architecture, green roof or wall representative, native landscaping representative, marketing/outreach/social media, etc.

Anyway, with my career search ongoing, I’ve been sharing some thoughts on green walls as a blogger with NewProContainers.com.  Their new blog is focused on informing the interiorscaping and interior design industry.  Green walls are a becoming increasingly popular inside and out.

So, here are the entries I’ve generated so far.  Keep in mind the audience is geared towards interiorscapers.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.  Let me know if you have any questions about green walls.

Have a great week!

What is Living Architecture?

Someone on Twitter recently asked me about living architecture.

So, what is Living Architecture?

Well, what is architecture?  Google tells me that it is the ‘art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.’  By extension, then, living architecture could be defined as the practice of integrating vegetation into the design and construction of the built environment.  Living architecture generally refers to green roofs and green walls.  That is the primary focus of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine.  I suppose the term ‘green infrastructure‘ could also apply to these technologies, which seek to mimic natural systems in an effort to maximize environmental benefits (stormwater control, UHIE reduction, air quality, biodiversity, etc.).

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I have touched on Living Architecture numerous times in the blog.

Saving Rain for a Dry Day

The Nature of an Urban Jungle

Your Wall Should be Alive

A Green Retaining Wall

Boschert Greenway Living (Retaining) Wall

Living Wall Prezi (Presentation)

Living Architecture is beautiful, useful, and beneficial to human and environmental health.

Living Wall Prezi

I recently experimented with the innovative presentation tool called Prezi.  This is an amazing way to visualize presentations, get the bigger picture, and allow for a less linear look.  This is a presentation I made last week outlining the basics about living walls

“Introduction to Living Walls”

Let me know what you think.  If the embed code didn’t work…view it on Prezi.

Black Eyed Susan at Boschert

Just a few more photos from my recent visit to the Boschert Greenway Living Retaining Wall.  If you are in the St. Louis region, follow Highway 370 through St. Charles, the wall will be visible from the road near the N 3rd Street exit.  As it grows out and the Missouri native plants establish, the wall itself will almost become invisible under vegetation!

Have you seen living walls in your neck of the woods?

The Yard: Golf Course or Natural Resource?

(This post was inspired by my experience in last week’s St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour.)

It’s a summer Saturday morning.  You’ve slept in as late as you possibly could.  Light now infiltrates your window blinds and morning sounds prevent any more snoozing.  You listen to cicadas, melodic birds, a passing breeze in the trees–and suddenly the overbearing roar of a neighbor’s lawn mower cancels out all the pleasant sounds as well as your chances for nodding back off.  You begin stirring around your home and preparing to do yard work of your own.  The dissonant sound coming from the neighbor’s yard has now shifted from droning lawn mower to growling leaf blower.

The neighbor’s yard is a glowing-green, pesticide- and fertilizer-ridden, ecologically nonfunctional, and environmentally negligent golf course.  That lawn is mowed twice a week to an unnaturally short height, irrigated daily with potable drinking water, and manicured tediously to look more like painted pavement than a patch of grass.  There isn’t a dandelion in sight since a trigger-happy pesticide lover sprays anything that isn’t a blade of grass (no beneficial insects survive, no wildflowers pop up).  That said, it probably isn’t safe walking through their yard barefoot!

You visit your front yard to see what needs tending.  The front yard entails a full landscape of native plants, with a pleasant mini-trail leading to the mail box.  You’ve learned that native plants aren’t weeds, don’t require much maintenance, reduce the need to mow, and provide micro-habitats and travel-stops for insects, birds, and whatever else.  You prune a few things and manually pull a few weeds and then head for the water faucet.  No, municipal drinking water isn’t being fed to the flora.  Instead, you reach for the spigot on your rain barrel and water the newer plants (to promote proper root establishment).   The rest of the front yard gets a dash of water and you’re done.

You make your way to the backyard, which follows a slope separated by a couple of rows of retaining walls.  The small terraces make up your backyard edible garden.  This is your fresh produce-producing backyard.  Another rain barrel feeds your crops and fresh compost nourishes them.  Your compost bin takes in your food scraps, leaves (not bagged up like the neighbor with the leaf blower).  Food fills your garden; even the retaining walls are in production.  You’ve used Living Retaining Wall blocks to grow fresh strawberries.  The grass patches surrounding your garden are mowed with a reel lawn mower to a height that encourages healthy growth and better competition with weeds.  Your fences are not bland wood or boring chain-link.  They are ivy-planted privacy screens that complete this backyard garden.

After you’ve tended your garden and picked the day’s basket of food, you turn towards the house.  The neighbor’s emission-spewing roars have stopped, but you can catch a whiff of oil and gasoline…the smell of soon-to-be-obsolete yard care.  They’ll learn.  After putting a basket of fresh produce on their porch, they’ll learn.

 

Boschert Greenway Living Wall

The Ribbon Cutting for the Boschert Greenway in St. Charles was today.  A living retaining wall (visible from Highway 370), native landscaping, and permeable pavement make this trail stand out as an example of sustainable development and Low Impact Development.  This is part of an effort to build up parks, greenways, and trails by Great Rivers Greenway and promote walking and bicycling.

The wall, with new native plant plugs.  They will soon grow to cover the wall!

Black-eyed Susan already blooming in one section of the retaining wall.