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The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California is North America’s oldest wood-and-glass greenhouse and a world, national and state historic landmark. I was fortunate to begin assisting the horticulture team there in 2013 shortly after the wall was installed. It’s been an ongoing project since then that includes weekly nurturing, taming, refreshing and tons of … Continue reading San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
The San Francisco Botanical Garden asked for a living wall to cheer up the side of their free-standing bookstore. I immediately contacted Plants on Walls and founder Chris Bribach lovingly donated the vertical garden system, materials and labor. Assisted by Botanical Garden volunteer Nino, we installed the planters and selected plants we thought could be happy … Continue reading San Francisco Botanical Garden
A short and very sweet project. One of my neighbors had brought a bunch of vintage stuff back from Italy, so I bought this old wall-mounted drip tray from her. Originally designed as a catch-all for kitchen utensils, it immediately looked like a great grow-all for plants in my kitchen. Since it’s an indoor display, I … Continue reading Vintage Drip Tray Plant Display
A local senior care center asked me to create a framed succulent display for a wall in their dining and activity room. The spot they chose was far from a window and the wall could not be watered there. So I created a permanent frame decorated with driftwood and removable panels where the succulents lived. … Continue reading Framed Removable Succulent Frames
My friend Cherie picked up this gorgeous piece of driftwood for me at a garage sale. It was as if the cold northwest Pacific Ocean had specially shaped it for plants, because right through the middle is an ideal planting hole. Few plants look more spectacular with weathered wood than succulents. Good thing I had … Continue reading Knotty Driftwood Meets Droopy Succulents
Some people like to go shopping for clothes, but I can’t wait to go to the hardware store. Tinkering and repurposing are in my blood and hardware stores are full of marvelous things I never knew existed. For example, it just so happens that air ducts make perfect wall planters!
This suspended wall in the Lowlands Gallery at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers gets very low light. So instead of attaching the plants to the wall itself, I started making them sunnier perches using branches. They’re mounted on a pouch of soil made from horticulture felt that’s covered in sphagnum moss to retain moisture. … Continue reading Going out on a Limb