Greenleaf IPS has a unique perspective on gardens.
When you look at green and growing plants they restore your mind and lower your blood pressure.
The colors, the shades of green, the movement of the ferns reconnect people with nature, and are essential for our mental well-being. We keep building big concrete buildings in San Diego, but we realize we need actual vegetation.
Living Walls are a striking combo of horticulture and green psychology. Living Walls are not only artful plant designs and innovative watering systems, but they fulfill the idea of nourishing us urban-jungle workers with a breath of fresh nature.
Greenleaf IPS — have become the go-to company for the recent Living Wall trend in the San Diego area. Living Walls from Greenleaf IPS are in and/or on buildings at Down Town San Diego, Mission Valley, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, North Park Carlsbad, Del Mar, Carmel Valley and Encinitas. Living Walls by Greenleaf IPS are also found in private homes – a wall of living art behind a sofa, or even “gardens” on pieces of furniture.
Greening up the grind
While you’ll see the occasional houseplant on a worker’s desk, the concept of greening up entire sections of structures has only caught on in the last few years in the U.S., following Europe’s lead.
If you look at the rest of the world, we’ve kind of been behind here in terms of what we’re building and how we’re reconnecting with nature. Now, big companies like Google are really focusing on improving the workplace environment through air quality and visual elements. With plants, there’s a restorative effect on productivity. You can take a step away into nature for a moment, then go back to doing your work with a fresh start.
Because the plants are not in boxes, as in some living-wall systems, the composition is amorphous and can change naturally over time. There are many ways to experiment with shapes and locations.
Expert tips on Living Walls
There are a few things to keep in mind if you want your own green, growing structure at your home or office:
1. Consult with an interior plant professional.
2. Consider the light your Living Wall will get. Indoors and even outdoors it is sometimes necessary to add supplemental lights.
3. One of the trickiest parts for any garden is choosing the right plants – what will grow with the light and climate you have. Go for lots of dimension with fuller to more compact plants. But because things are growing out from a vertical structure, some species overshadow the others, creating shade over the species below, so you have to keep an eye on that and trim some back.
4. Think about access. If you can’t easily access the wall, it becomes difficult to maintain it properly.