Living Walls At
Canada Blooms 2012
Canada Blooms and the
National Home Show were together at the Direct Energy Centre this year March 16-25th 2012. I
took my time going through the garden show and I didn’t even make it to the home show portion. There were
a lot of displays of plants and gardens that caught my attention but most all I found
the living walls very intriguing. I was also on the hunt for a few items including bonsai, hens-and-chicks,
and African violets.
This year’s theme at Canada
Blooms was CityCulture combining horticulture and art to create beautiful and effective urban gardens. The
challenges of gardening in a city is limited space, limited selection of plants, and challenging
growing conditions. I find urban gardening fascinating because of the imaginative ideas that have gained
popularity such as vertical gardening and living walls.
Living walls can be artistic
outdoor sculptures using various grasses and succulents.
Living walls can
use house plants to cover a large wall in an office building.
Living walls or green walls
can also be functional for grow vegetables and herbs. Notice below the natural screen made out of
weeping willow. This could be used to create privacy between neighbours or passersby on the road. It
appears that they put live branches in soil to root and used pieces of wood to create a lattice effect. This
could be done in a planter box to contain the roots. The green walls on either side of the weeping willow
screen resembles skids. I imagine you could line the back and sides of the skid with landscape fabric
and then pack soil inside the skid. Vegetables and herbs can be planted in between the pieces of wood. You would
need to keep the skid horizontal until the roots establish and eventually set it up vertically on a
Interested in making a living wall? Here is a link to a project that can be used indoors and