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Indoor Vertical Gardens
Bardessono Hotel Vertical Tillandsia Garden


In February 2009 we created this vertical garden for the Bardessono Hotel in Yountville working with Seth Boor of Boor Bridges Architecture, and Kevin Smith of SmithBuilt. This project had some tough requirements. We had about a month to design and install the project. The clients wanted a vertical garden, but there was not any drainage at the site. But the folks at the Bardessono were  fantastic to work with – and we were thrilled to be involved with this LEED Platinum-certified hotel.

The tillandsias are thriving in the bright light of the lobby. I think they look like fireworks – or mass of sea creatures – or an invasion of aliens.

Bardessono Vertical Tillandsia Garden

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After the Bardessono garden appeared in the New York Times, we heard from people all over the world asking how they could make their own. So Seth and I created Thigmotrope Satellite!

ABOVE: The bright light in the lobby keeps the plants happy.

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