The concept of a vertical garden, or plant wall, was implemented for the first time in 1938, when a professor at the University of Illinois installed one in his home after years of experiments with technologies and plant varieties. His patented idea is still used as the basis for today’s vertical gardens.
In the past twenty years, the most well-known name in vertical gardens is French designer Patrick Blanc, who started today’s cult of the vertical garden. He has created countless projects worldwide, making living plant systems one of the main elements of biophilic design and interiors. Its popularity can be explained both as the development of a new design trend and by eco thinking and the desire to improve air quality in our overpopulated cities.
The positive impact of a vertical garden on a corporate environment
The development of this technology can be attributed in great part to businesses who have recognised the value of the concept in the eyes of clients and employees, and have already introduced this into the corporate environment. Although there are many more factors, the main benefits of a vertical garden are considered to be the following:
- It showcases the environmentally-friendly, ecologically responsible values of a company, which is just as important for both local businesses and large international corporations who care about sustainability.
- Vertical gardens reduce noise levels. Noise is absorbed best by stabilised wall systems which, thanks to their porous structure, do not conduct sound and are very successful noise insulators.
- Thanks to the presence of so many plants, moisture levels are improved indoors. This is particularly important during cold season when heating is on, or in spaces which receive no natural ventilation.
- Vertical gardens reduce indoor air pollution from furniture varnishes, cleaning products and synthetic decorating products by absorbing them into the plants’ leaves or root systems.
- Rooms with greenery improve employee productivity, increasing work skills and heightening concentration and general satisfaction with the work environment.
- The presence of plants helps reduce stress at work and reduces the risk of illness.
- A high-quality interior which includes a contemporary approach to adding greenery increases the value of the property.
What plants are suitable for a vertical garden?
Each space has a specific environment which impacts plant choice, but the most frequent choices for these living walls are spathiphyllum, dracaena, scindapsus and monstera plants. When installing a system, it is important to install special lighting, not only to help the plants thrive and grow, but also to highlight the garden’s aesthetic.
Vertical gardens are suitable for businesses and premises in a variety of industries, and the benefits have led an increasing number of companies to install them. Regardless of what type you choose—free-standing living walls, moss walls or decorative artificial plant walls—Hercs Flora’s experienced team will help you achieve your desired result. Contact us to find out your options!