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February 28, 2013
The Pantone color for 2013 may be emerald, but we are excited about another continuing trend in a different shade of green: The living wall. Also known as green walls or vertical gardens, these beautiful and functional living works of art are more accessible then ever. Here we present four ways to incorporate garden greens into the home.

A family in Paris enjoys the work of 30 year vertical garden guru Patrick Blanc. The 20-by-23-foot interior wall is a canvas of the living with some 150 tropical, low-light species assembled in harmony. It begins as a field of texture 
near the ground, then runs through violet and amber arcs of flowers and other ruddy blooms, broadening out near the ceiling into trees that overhang the room like a sheltering forest.

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The completed garden wall and water trough frames the client's breakfast area and walnut-paneled study. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella.

In a slightly less grand undertaking, architects Melissa Baker and Jon Handley, partners at the firm pulltab design, took inspiration from the city's plethora of community gardens, and their client's love of verdant spaces. Integral to the indoor green wall design is a low water trough under the garden wall, which collects runoff from the wall’s irrigation system.

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The Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.

This family created a take on the full scale living wall at the far end of their outdoor room for privacy, instead of a barrier of curtains. Working with Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design, a landscaper specializing in pocket-sized city gardens, the Zizmors built a perforated green wall with English ivy that climbs wire mesh and hanging boxes sprout-ing with herbs and spider plants.

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Originally appeared in Pretty Super
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For anyone renting or just the trepid trend follower, these colorful cubes would allow you to introduce some easy, low maintenance, and non-permanent vertical greens into your home.

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A family in Paris enjoys the work of 30 year vertical garden guru Patrick Blanc. The 20-by-23-foot interior wall is a canvas of the living with some 150 tropical, low-light species assembled in harmony. It begins as a field of texture 
near the ground, then runs through violet and amber arcs of flowers and other ruddy blooms, broadening out near the ceiling into trees that overhang the room like a sheltering forest.

Photo by Jessica Antola.

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