Lush greenery to maximise indoor living and working spaces
With new houses and apartments being designed to maximise indoor living space, outdoor gardens are rapidly disappearing from our lifestyle. But people still (perhaps now more than ever) want to be surrounded by greenery.
The demand for greening up small spaces presents a raft of new opportunities. Landscapers and interior plantscapers offering a green wall solution are perfectly positioned to capitalise on this growing market segment.
Vicinity Greenwall is the only vertical garden system that can meet a broad range of applications in the home and office environments. It’s simple to install, even easier to maintain, and can be scaled to fit any size wall. The unique system, from Martin Kellock, also gives an instant green wall effect – a feature that is in high demand from clients who want a full, lush vertical garden from installation day. Think private verandas and outdoor dining spaces, office meeting areas and special events such as weddings.
Beautifying small spaces by bringing the outdoors in
Introducing floor pot plants into small areas quickly crowds the space but having limited space doesn’t have to mean zero green life. Designers and interiors architects can use any wall space to install a Vicinity Greenwall. The leak-proof system is just as suitable for use indoors as it is outside.
This is also a great offering for clients that are cooking enthusiasts, as the system can be used to create a small edible food garden. Perfect for quick access to herbs, lettuce, spring onions and more without taking up floor or garden space with veggie pots or plots.
Transform a dreary wall or fence with a decorative vertical garden. This works just as well in building entrances for generating ambience and a sense of place as for the humble courtyard dining area.
If there is an ugly supporting column invading the corner of a room, Vicinity Greenwall can ‘wrap around’ to cover it with decorative plants. This is a creative way to turn an awkward corner space into an oasis of green.
Create refreshing communal spaces
Communal living areas are on the rise with the burgeoning of higher density developments. Smaller private spaces in apartment buildings are balanced with shared open areas. Rooftop gardens for high-rise developments – and shared courtyards in small unit developments – are becoming more popular. These planned shared spaces give residents opportunities to take time out, socialise, grow veggies and soak up nature.
Shared edible gardens are not only popping up in residential communities, they are now an integral part of many retirement villages and primary schools across Australia. Growing fresh food communally provides social benefits that are just as valuable as the produce that is harvested. Importantly, planting gardens on the wall doesn’t encroach on valuable recreation space.
Meanwhile, a decorative green wall placed in a building entrance is an attractive way to welcome residents and visitors, as well as lending strong street appeal, noise abatement, insulation and biophilic benefits. Plant selection is critical to keeping a decorative vertical garden looking good. (See plant recommendations for a sustainable green wall.)
Promote well-being at work
Workspace designers are mindful of creating places where people feel calm, inspired and healthy. Bringing greenery into office areas is one of the best ways to achieve this and vertical gardens are the most versatile option for work environments where floor space is at a premium. Green walls can be practical installations within commercial office spaces as well as their decorative benefits. Vicinity Greenwall can be used as zone dividers within an open space, whiteboards (on the reverse side), and food green walls in staff kitchens. Creating an interactive and social experience around a natural element promotes wellbeing and productivity – benefits you can’t get from decorating with artificial green walls.
About the Author: Martin Kellock
Since 1995 Martin Kellock Pots and Planters has been working, in association with its suppliers, on designing as well as importing and distributing quality outdoor features in various materials and finishes. The company is based in Melbourne but distributes throughout Australia and has gained a reputation within the landscape architecture industry for new ideas with an emphasis on quality. Contact Martin Kellock to discuss commercial indoor pots and green walls: www.martinkellockpots.com.au or call (03) 9701 8699. Also, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages for more tips and modern looks for decorating with plants.
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