I can remember vividly when my youngest daughter was applying for college, a trip we took to the University of San Francisco campus and I have yet to forget a wonderful organic design element incorporated onto several walls throughout the city in the most unexpected places! Upon a large wall was a live plant installation that was created with burlap or wooden crates, and a variety of succulents and small lush garden plants. While in San Francisco I was also first introduced to air plants, which I often saw incorporated into the living wall installations.
Creating a Living Wall is just a step up from the air plant terrarium, and not the daunting task that some may anticipate. Your living wall can literally cover the surface of an entire wall, or you can make it as small as a hanging picture… It’s all in your hands. There are quite a few different ways to make an installation like this, but most involve building a frame with a plastic lining on the backside, and running some irrigation in order to provide the necessary watering. The incorporation of succulents would lead to less water requirements for your wall (just as a side note!). A very helpful blog to use for instructional support is http://www.livingwallart.com/category/do-it-yourself/, which guides you step by step. You can easily tweak certain elements in the creation process other than what’s outlined in the guide, giving your living wall whatever personal edge you would like. Change up the shape and design of the frame you build, and arrange the plants in a manner which most appeals to you. The Living Wall is a great addition to any space, and can be done both on the walls inside as well as those of the exterior. It can bring a fresh new accent to a space that is missing that little something extra. The creation of the living wall is an easy to build DIY project, which allows its “artist” (which would be you) the ability to add life to a space that might otherwise be neglected.
Air Plants are mostly indigenous to the West, and able to survive the warmer, dry climates such as that here in Southern Nevada. I love this type of plant, which comes in hundreds of species, due to its low level of maintenance and its creature-esq aesthetic appeal. The roots of the plant attach themselves to trees, rocks, and other forms of vegetation in their natural environment. Lately the trend is to place the air plant inside clear glass bulbs and hanging vases, exposing the root base while the plant grows freely through the opening. To make a more intricate air plant installation, I recommend throwing in some stones, wood, twigs, and faux moss to create a small terrarium. Keeping the plants healthy and alive is as simple as placing them in areas with good air circulation, lightly misting a few times per week, and making sure not to place your plant or glass terrarium in a place with a large degree of direct sunlight. For a detailed tutorial on how to make your own air plant creation, the following web page is a great guide. http://www.thezenofmaking.com/2010/04/how-to-make-air-plant-chandelier-with.html
IN THE NEWS:
Be sure to check out our article in last Saturday’s issue of the Las Vegas Review Journal on our recent model home project opening at Pardee’s Summerglen.