The Pleasanton Project is Planted Design’s largest, completed living wall to-date. Measuring 201 feet long and totalling 1,161 square feet, the piece consists of 4,664 different plants including various succulents, ferns and small acacia trees. The project began with taking detailed light measurements of the vast property to ensure each plant received proper sun, shade and water exposure year-round. Those measurements guided us to plant various ferns along the shaded patio zone of the wall, and use succulents throughout the center zone which we found was exposed to sun for most of each day. It was important for us to touch on all the human senses with the piece, therefore, we deliberately selected plants with alluring aromas. For example, chamomile was planted on the wall closest to the entrance of the property so the people walking by on the street would be welcomed by a pleasing smell. A restaurant quality grill sits near the wall where we added mint so any chef would be compelled to touch and taste by adding to a dish directly from nature. The industrial felt pocket planting system was custom built by our team, as well as seven unique irrigation systems– one for each of the seven zones of this massive living wall.
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