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Embrace a Lush Vertical Plant Wall

Plant wall pioneer McRae Anderson recently introduced this new ebook publication called “Embrace the Vertical” on the topic of vertical green walls.  It’s free, colorful, and concise – just enough to whet your curiosity for more.  Anderson provides a list of plants, some basic case studies, and a little background information on his own Greenwalls product.

Of course, we know plants can be used to clean indoor air.  The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on air-scrubbing plants and green walls can be used to do this.

Living walls are also beautiful, modern, and unique.  They require thoughtful planning and design.  Anderson explains everything from load-bearing capacity to maintenance, from lighting to ventilation.

Anderson is the founder of McCaren Designs, Inc., the company behind the Greenwalls vertical planting system.  Embrace the Vertical includes photos of Anderson’s first installation for the Cleveland Metro Zoo.  Installed in 1993, the lush plant wall is still alive and well to this day.

[+] Read Embrace the Vertical by McRae Anderson.


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  • http://www.grdodge.org Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

    The Dodge Foundation has a 3-story wall at its offices in Morristown, NJ. Here’s a short video clip: http://www.grdodge.org/green/greenbuilding/virtualtourbiowall.html and you can see pics of it on Flickr too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grdodge/sets/72157623880318847/

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Wow, that’s an incredible wall, thanks for sharing.

  • Livewall

    McRae, We know you mean good and nothing against you personally but the foam core is not holding up…sorry to be so honest but there is enough failures and misconceptions about live walls.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Just so you know, this isn’t McRae here, we’re just writing about his new ebook.

    • McRae Anderson

      I know we’ve had some sagging of the foam but that was in the first product we shipped, and we have replaced that product, and corrected the issue in a couple of ways. The “foam” has been insu since 1993, however if the foam is in a exterior environment, which is not recommended unless covered with moss, it will degrade over time because of the UV light. If anyone has had failures with the product, we need to know, call me at 800-524-7081.

  • Anonymous

    “Plant wall pioneer McRae Anderson recently introduced this new ebook publication called “Embrace the Vertical” on the topic of vertical green walls. It’s free, colorful, and …”

    Wait wait … it’s F_R_E_E_? .. ¡WoW! It’s lush and inspiring Preston .. I think you need to up your adjectives for this.

    And thank you McRae Anderson for leading with these plant walls and sharing this with us.

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