Bring Your Biophilic Design Aspirations to Life with Garden On The Wall

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Elise Shapiro
Elise Shapiro
Elise Shapiro is a contributing editor. Little did she know that her first job, in the facilities department at Ralston Purina, while obtaining her M. Arch at Washington University, in St. Louis would foreshadow where her career would lead. She has always been a strong advocate for providing the best possible spaces for people to work – where aesthetics meet function and drive business success.

These long-lasting, maintenance-free gardens require no water, misting, irrigation, light, or soil, yet retain a vibrant, fresh-cut look and feel for 7-10 years.

Garden on the Wall makes this staircase an experience.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become clear that our work environments must evolve to draw employees back from remote work. This new era has created a unique opportunity for employers to rethink their office spaces to enhance the health, wellbeing, and happiness of those who use them. This is where Garden on the Wall comes in.

Garden on the Wall is a trusted and welcome resource for inspiring installations of biophilic elements, created with all natural plants that have been preserved in their fresh-cut state. This product introduces a creative, green, high value biophilic design feature into the workplace.

Customization for Every Space

Each Garden on the Wall project is uniquely designed, fabricated, and installed entirely by their team. The design variables can be adjusted for size and complexity depending on the type of space and installation that is desired. The project section on their website provides a glimpse of the possibilities that can be implemented.

Garden on the Wall can also be installed to ceilings.

What’s the Process for Garden on the Wall?

The process begins with a design development and budgeting conversation where size and scope of the project is discussed to determine budget. The conversation entails selecting a Tier with a design direction so a formal estimate can be generated for the intended scope.

The actual design rendering process begins once the contract is executed.

All projects are installed & touch-up/micro-mossed by Garden on the Wall’s own crew to ensure their visual and longevity standards are achieved. A five-year warranty is standard for all projects.

From design concept to installation, the Garden on the Wall team oversees all aspects of the work. Installation is a carefully choreographed process. The video below shows how carefully the entire project comes together.

Digging Deeper into the Advantages of Preserved Plant Installations

1. Maintenance-free & Long Lasting:

Garden on the Wall installations created with preserved plants require no water, misting, irrigation, sunlight, or soil, yet retain their vibrant, fresh-cut look and feel for a decade.

2. Excellent Value:

Garden on the Wall installations provide excellent value because they integrate ‘Maintenance-free Nature’ into interior designs. This enables significant savings compared with living walls, which require monthly maintenance, such as gardening and hardware upkeep.

3. Minimal Carbon Footprint:

Living walls require constant energy consumption (growing lights, water filtration, irrigation and collection systems, cranking up the HVAC systems to compensate for the humidity the plants create in an indoor environment, etc.) and constant maintenance (gardeners driving to the site every two weeks to trim and prune gardens, to replace the dead plants, to replace the infected or dead soil, to deal with the insects that are attracted to the gardens because of the living plants releasing pheromones that attract the bugs so they can propagate). Meanwhile, a preserved garden’s carbon footprint is much smaller because they literally require zero maintenance – much like a piece of art hanging on the wall.

4. Sound Absorbing Properties:

Tested in accordance with ASTM C423-9a, Garden on the Wall installations exhibit a significant noise reduction coefficient (NRC).

5. Endless Possibilities:

Whether it’s a custom planter insert, wall or ceiling garden, or a custom-shaped garden integrating a logo, the possibilities are nearly limitless. The versatility of elements available for the creation of garden installations allows the integration of ‘Maintenance-free Nature’ seamlessly into built environments.

6. Design Integration Ease:

With an average depth of three inches for vertical applications, integrating The Art of Preserved Nature®is as simple as adding a picture frame – creating framed art in the biophilic design canvas.

A Garden on the Wall installation makes a dramatic entry into the workplace.

Sustainability Initiatives and 3rd Party Testing

Garden on the Wall believes sustainability is essential to all of us as a community, and it is at the heart of their core beliefs, work, and vision.

With that commitment to product transparency and sustainable design, Garden on the Wall is a pioneer in being the only preserved garden supplier & furnisher in the world that has a published Health Product Declaration (version 2.2) to disclose the ingredients in their systems up to 1000 parts per million. This allows the Garden on the Wall installations to contribute to LEED® v4.1, the WELL Building Standard™ v2 and fitwel®. Likewise, their installations comply with:

  • California Department of Public Health’s VOC standards for both Classroom and Office Scenarios;
  • BREEAM® Building Standards; and
  • Healthy Hospitals Initiative (HHI).

In addition, Garden on the Wall is listed in the mindful MATERIALS database and Transparency Catalog, Certified as Red List Free, and is tested to be 100% Biobased Carbon Content per ASTM 6866. These are credentials that no others in the market offer.

They also pride themselves in being the safest preserved garden supplier & furnisher in the world with all preserved garden types (not only for backing boards or Lichen/Reindeer moss, but their systems as a whole) categorized as Class 1 (& A) for Flame Spread and Smoke Index per ASTM E84 performed by 3rd party testing from a reputable laboratory. Furthermore, their gardens are installed by OSHA 30 certified crew who are all art majors for the best outcome for their gardens.

As Garden on the Wall is a big proponent of the ‘green’ movement; they deeply believe that sustainability is the future for architecture and design, as well as for humanity. As a result, they pledge to do their part, which is not limited to the 3rd party tested sustainability & safety credentials described above. Their commitment extends to company policies to minimize landfill with initiatives to maximize the recycling, reusing, and re-purposing of any ingredient used during the fabrication and installation processes.

Garden on the Wall has been collaborating with an NJ composting facility for over 5 years, where all unusable plants/moss species, wood materials, employee lunch leftovers, plant based cold & hot cups, and all plant-based utensils used during meals are composted to turn into topsoil.

Looking to the Future

Garden on the Wall is dedicated to finding ways to serve the design industry and enable designers to reach new heights in human-centric, rejuvenating, and mindful spaces where occupants can thrive, not just survive. To that end, they also dedicate themselves to continually improving the well-being of the occupants of the buildings that architects and interior designers create. They are also committed to keep improving the work lives of employees, offering more benefits, and helping enrich the creative environment they have aimed to foster. They also want to find other means to serve their community beyond offering biophilic design elements that help the overall environmental health of their clients.

Interested in learning more about Garden on the Wall? Contact them here!

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