Vertical Gardens & Living Walls

Increasingly popular over the last decade, vertical gardens offer creative opportunities for designers, and environmental benefits for the people that live and work around them.

Vertical Gardens are also referred to as living walls or green walls. They consist of modular panels that can be attached to the exterior of a building, interior walls, space dividers, fences, or virtually any vertical structure.

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Sage® Vertical Gardens

Sage VG is a flexible, modular, hydroponic system that can be used indoors or outdoors. It's biotile™ modules come in many shapes & sizes, including corners, allowing for elaborate and artistic designs. Sage's hydroponic system uses a high performance rock-wool to enhance plant viability, use less water and ensure the long-term viability and beauty of the wall. Sage VG systems are used worldwide, including on a number of high-profile buildings.


Gsky® Verticle Gardens

This is a low cost wall system intended for basic screening of unsightly structures or structures in high traffic areas where plants are difficult to introduce. This system is “stackable” to go up greater heights and keep a full look that plants grown in the ground can’t easy do. Using 5-gallon potted vines placed in trays, the system uses drip irrigation zoned for better performance at different levels up the wall structure. The service frequency is less as well.

Vertical Gardens Benefits

Vertical Gardens offer economic, environmental and physiological benefits:

  • Building Profile & Beautification
  • Air Quality
  • Biodiversity & Habitat
  • Acoustic Buffering
  • Biophilic Design and Our Health

Research shows that the health and well being of patients or students in institution buildings is significantly improved when the building has extensive green spaces.

Where Vertical Gardens Are Used

Living walls are exceptionally versatile. They can be attached to virtually any vertical structure, old or new. They can also be free-standing space dividers, providing beauty, sound-proofing and security.

  • Exteriors + Interiors
  • Retail + Office Environments
  • Residential Projects
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Tennis Courts and Golf Courses
  • Stadiums and Arenas
  • Hotels and Restaurants
  • Schools and Hospitals
  • Highway Improvements
  • Parking Structures
  • Living Tapestrys on Walls
  • Fencing
  • Roof Top Gardens
  • Creating Enclosures
  • Security
  • Privacy Screening
  • Graffiti Protection
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Vertical Gardens vs Green Facades

Vertical gardens differ significantly from green facades. A green facade uses a trellis system to hold the vines of plants that are rooted in the ground; But in a vertical garden the plants are rooted in the wall modules, so plants get their water and nutrients from the system, not from the ground.

Vertical Gardens allows for a wider variety of plants than green facades, and you don’t have to wait years for tall vines to grow. They can even grow herbs and food plants, making them true “vertical gardens”.

Installation & Maintenance Costs

Costs are varied depending on the project, but on average the cost for installing a living wall system, complete with plants, is $195 – $265 per sq ft. Once installed living walls require on-going maintenance regularly to stay healthy and vibrant.
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