05 Feb Bomb Cyclone Didn’t Stop GSky From Installing Green Walls

2017 ended, and 2018 started, with a “bomb cyclone” bringing snow, ice & wind chills that reportedly plunged temperatures in the Northeast below 20 degrees several times.

While the weather made life miserable outside, GSky brought vibrant nature and beauty inside by installing five living walls all during the winter storm. This was not an easy feat, but the experience, planning & partners that GSky has in place made the process possible.

The walls consist of interior tropical plants that don’t tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees, which increased the level of difficulty finishing these walls before the new year. However, GSky’s team pulled through and made it happen. Not only did the walls bring nature inside while it was frozen outside, but with GSky’s sustainable technology, they’ll be standing there for years to come.

Read more about the five green walls that were installed during the bomb cyclone:  

Embassy Suites — Denton, Texas

Two vibrant vertical green walls made up of 1,752 plants were installed at the Embassy Suites in Denton, Texas. These 22 foot high walls flank a stone water wall feature in the lobby of the hotel with LED rail track lights lining the green walls. Not only does the lighting support the needs of the plants, but it also adds to the ambiance. The plants were designed to form a bold curvilinear design to flow seamlessly across the living walls, adding to the feeling of life and movement in the area.

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology — Terre Haute, Indiana

Over winter break at the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, a vibrant green wall was installed in the newly expanded Hulman Memorial Student Union. The school wanted to welcome the students back to the Union with a dynamic and lively green wall. They accomplished this with 1,458 plants placed in a curvilinear form to represent movement and life.

“I must admit, I was skeptical about a living wall when we first started discussing it from a maintenance perspective.  I couldn’t have been more wrong and the design is just amazing.  Really catches your eye as you enter our new main entrance. What a beautiful system with benefits that keep giving over time.” – Michael A. Taylor, MSM, CEFP  |  Senior Director Facilities Operations for Rose Hulman

ASICS — Boston, Massachusetts

Located at ASICS’ new product creation and design lab in Boston, Massachusetts, is a newly installed Versa Wall®. The living green wall incorporates the ASICS logo within the plant design. “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body” is an old Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived, so it’s only fitting that their green wall represents those words through the design.

Long Island Marriott — Long Island, New York

This 367 square foot Versa Wall® was installed in the lobby of a Marriott in Long Island, New York. With 2,350 tropical green plants designed giving the impression of a natural background of foliage, it adds depth, dimension and texture. A beautiful wooden frame surrounds the plants enhancing the natural beauty in the lobby for guests and employees.

Hotel at Avalon —  Alpharetta, Georgia

The Hotel at Avalon, located in Alpharetta, Georgia, is the city’s first full-service hotel in almost 20 years. Upon entering the hotel’s lobby, two Versa Walls® border each side. Paired with the walls are modern swings for guests to enjoy. Installed as quiet, natural backgrounds, the luxury hotel atmosphere evokes a graceful, modern ambience.

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12 Dec GSky Versa Wall® Color Program Provides Adaptable Designs

GSky’s Versa Wall® is customizable and made to easily change out existing plants to replace them with colorful foliage to match the season or holiday. These durable and unique walls provide the freedom of keeping one design all year long, or with our Color Changing Program, swapping it out for multiple occasions.

BLG Law Firm – Vancouver Office

When first installing this Versa Wall®, year-round plants were placed to keep the foliage looking fresh and relevant as well as fitting into every season.

However, once the holidays came around, BLG Law Firm wanted something a little more festive. Small areas were replaced with poinsettias to bring a holiday flair to this wall.

BLG Law Firm’s Versa Wall® during the year

BLG Law Firm’s Versa Wall® during the holidays with small areas replaced with poinsettias.

Chicago Transwestern

Initially installed in spring, the plants on this vertical garden bloomed along with other plants in nature.

During the summer season, plants are replaced to create a bright, sunny pattern to portray summertime.

Santa Ana – Roger Dunn Golf

A GSky Versa Wall® stands at the front of the Roger Dunn Golf store in Santa Ana, California. Enhancing a connection between nature and the outdoors. The plant palette adapts to reflect different themes so customers will always have something new to look forward to.

Sticking with one type of plant, this design uses the wall as a blank canvas.

During the British Open, an abstract flag was designed onto the wall. With a subtle waving pattern, this Versa Wall® highlighted the national colors of Great Britain and the USA.For the 2016 Olympic Games, colorful bands of plants abstractly represented the colorful rings of the Olympics logo.Nike Swoosh represented with poinsettias for the Holiday SeasonHow the green wall stands during a nonseasonal display.

Incyte Biopharmaceutical Co – Wilmington, DE

Designed within a café and meeting spot is this interior Versa Wall®, where people eat, drink, and mingle around. To keep the look fresh, areas change every four to six weeks. This adds interest along with health benefits and a seasonal color change. 

Installed in the fall using mums for color.

For the holiday season, the plants were switched to red and white annuals.

Smart Walls

The Smart Wall® adds nature, color and design to any space. Not requiring any special allowances, like a water hook up for it to work, this product allows you to install a living wall anywhere. These walls are ideal for small businesses and homes that want a green wall in their space.

Royal Botanic Garden – Sydney

Commissioned for the 200th Bicentenary celebrations the Calyx, a new world-class center for horticulture uses GSky’s Versa Wall® which allows them to change the design frequently coordinating with their educational programs.

20 Mar 6 Beautiful Vertical Gardens Ideas

The news is in: vertical gardens are here to stay. As gardeners become more focused on the future of environmentalism and architecture, gardens are adapting to new demands of the marketplace by moving up. No longer limited to the Earth, vertical gardens are taking complex, unique, and beautiful spaces and shapes. Whereas traditional gardens require tending every day, vertical gardens offer accessibility and generate huge benefits, as seen in this post here.

Vertical gardens are so versatile because they can occupy spaces that are as wide as an entire wall or as small as a little crate. This flexibility offers the ability to maximize space, design, and efficiency.

When you’re thinking of creating, designing, or buying a vertical garden system, remember that you are only limited by your imagination. Living walls can be as simple as one plant systems or as complex as hundreds. To figure out what may work best for you, we’ve compiled a list of ideas that will help you get inspiration for your next DIY or home improvement project! We know that it can be tough to think of some ideas when you start thinking of the mixture of plants, water balance, and space, so take a look at the following options like wine crates or smart walls and see what possibilities await you:

wine crate living wall Wine Crate Living Wall

Old wine crates or pallets can serve as great backings for any vertical garden enhancement. This installation by GSky pairs well with the brick-and-mortar feel of the wall and helps create an ambiance that mixes the suburban and nature together.

Cleantech La Living Green Wall Cleantech LA Living Green Wall

If you’re looking for something a bit more future-focused, take a look at this installation at Cleantech in LA. Cleantech is all about figuring out creative and innovative solutions to energy and environmental problems — this living green wall emphasizes their mission to anyone visiting, which lets you know that they’re serious about what they do.

National Geographic Green Wall System National Geographic Green Wall System

You can’t get more natural than National Geographic. This L-shape green wall in their headquarters in Washington D.C. is a simple, but powerful green wall that speaks to their company and what they do. This creates a feeling of authenticity behind National Geographic and their value to bridge the gap between our ‘human’ world and the ‘natural’ world that we don’t often get to see or experience.

Lenovo Versa Wall Lenovo Versa Wall

True to name, the Versa Wall is extremely adaptable to any kind of wall — in this project installation, the living wall is nestled between two buildings and contains nearly 3500 plants. Even though both of the walls are separated, the plants are architecturally shaped to show continuity between stairs. This versatility allows for creative structuring between floors, shapes, and wall sizes.

Sonos Inc. - Large Living Green Wall System Sonos Inc. – Large Living Green Wall System

This Sonos installation is one of the biggest green walls available. If you’re looking for a massive project, be assured that vertical gardens can be as big as you imagine them to be. The plus side? A wall of this size can help lower energy costs in both the summer and winter; it cools down indoor and wall temperatures and insulates during the cool season.

Calyx - Royal Botanical Garden Calyx – Royal Botanical Garden

Architecture has always been an artform — this installation in the Calyx – Royal Botanical Gardens espouses the fact that nature itself is a work of art. In fact, living green walls are known to be therapeutic through biophilia and can help alleviate stress with improved air quality, promote detoxification, and lead to a better home/work environment.

Ready to start or need to see more? Check out Gsky’s living green wall gallery of more than 180 projects.