I love what big Christmas tree does to my house during the holiday season. The smell of pine, the texture of the needles, the lights and ornaments—I love it all. Maybe it is the spirit of the holiday that is appealing, but I think there is more to it. Living 15 flights up in a NYC apartment building and surrounded by brick and concrete makes you crave a little vegetation.
So why reserve this brush with nature for just a few weeks in December? Houseplants are a great start, but what if I took it a step further and installed a green wall or vertical garden in my home? Could I actually live out my Where the Wild Things Are childhood fantasy of having a jungle in my apartment?
I might be jumping the gun a little. But the green wall industry is certainly growing. Check out this collection of vertical gardens—from outside walls to indoor installations—that are popping up all over the world. (See links below the jump.)
I'd love to see some green walls pop up in my neighborhood in 2012. And maybe in the not-so-distant future, I could have a green wall in my own little NYC apartment.
Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.