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Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Vertical Gardens’

Your Options for Creating an Indoor Vertical Garden

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

We just love vertical gardens, and judging by all the response we get to the ones here in the store, so do you! Many people want to grow a vertical garden indoors. There are several easy ways to set up an indoor vertical garden: Woolly Pockets, Thigmotrope Satellite (available both in-store and in our Web Shop), and vertical tray gardens (available in-store only).

Photo by Caitlin Atkinson

ABOVE: A “Wally One” Woolly Pocket planted with lavish tropical plants complements this simple scene.

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Photo by Caitlin Atkinson

Here you can see the ingredients for the upper garden before installation: a “Wally One” Woolly Pocket and philodendrons, begonia, bromeliad, and wire vine. You can see the corner eyelets used for mounting the pocket on the wall. Read more about Woolly Pocket gardens.

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Thigmotrope Satellite is a beautiful tool that you can use to create your own vertical garden using tillandsia air plants. We invented it! See a simple vertical garden Flora designed with it below.

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Use a fleet of Thigmotrope Satellites to implement your own vertical garden design in hard-to-reach places: that bright wall in the living room, under a skylight, or next to the kitchen window. Add tillandsia air plants, place in bright natural light; you can easily remove the plants to water them periodically or rearrange them. Thigmotrope Satellites couldn’t be easier to mount – wherever a screw goes.

Our own invention, it was designed by Seth Boor in collaboration with Flora Grubb. It is made in the San Francisco Bay Area and available only here at Flora Grubb Gardens and in our Web Shop. Read more about Thigmotrope Satellite.

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ABOVE: The cork Tillandsia vertical garden. Purchase it on our Web Shop.

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ABOVE: Create a home for your Tillandsias on the wall with a Wire Cube Sculpture.

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Our Own Invention: Big Thigmotrope Satellite

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The Big Thigmotrope Satellite is a beautiful tool that you can use to create your own vertical garden using larger tillandsia air plants, like xerographica, duratii, and harrisii. It works like the original – it’s just bigger. Mix it on your wall with the standard-size Thigmotrope Satellite. We created Big Thigmotrope Satellite because we wanted to place large tillandsia air plants securely on vertical surfaces to create simple, dramatic settings.

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Big Thigmotrope Satellite is simple to install and makes caring for tillandsia air plants equally easy. It screws directly into a mounting surface such as painted drywall or a wood plaque. If you pre-drill, you can even screw it into a concrete or masonry surface. Its three prongs gently cradle your air plants, allowing for effortless placement and removal for watering and rearrangement.

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We’ve got both sizes of the Thigmotrope Satellites here in our San Francisco store, and also in our Web Shop. We also have an enormous collection of big and little tillandsia air plants to create your own unique garden with.

Composed of solid welded steel, they are made right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. They oxidize and develop a patina over time.

So what’s with the name Thigmotrope? “Thigmotropism” refers to the instinct of certain organisms to turn toward touch, as for instance the roots of an air plant embrace the bark of a tree, or a vine wraps its tendrils around a twig.

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Our Own Invention: Thigmotrope Satellite

Monday, October 1st, 2012

In February 2009 Flora created a 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, with a quick turnaround. The folks at the Bardessono were  fantastic to work with – and we were thrilled to be involved with this LEED Platinum-certified hotel.


ABOVE: The tillandsias thrive in the bright light of the lobby. We think they look like fireworks – or a mass of sea creatures – or an invasion of friendly aliens.

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ABOVE: Flora and Baby Greyson enjoying the Bardessono Hotel lobby

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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 Flora created Thigmotrope Satellite!

Thigmotrope Satellite is a vehicle for cultivating nature in otherwise impossible-to-reach places: that smooth wall in the living room, the little area next to the bathtub, or just above the kitchen sink.

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Thigmotrope Satellite is simple to install and makes caring for tillandsia air plants equally easy. It screws directly into a mounting surface such as painted drywall or a wood plaque. If you pre-drill, you can even screw it into a concrete or masonry surface. Its three prongs gently cradle your air plants, allowing for effortless placement and removal for watering and rearrangement.

We’re got Thigmotrope Satellites here in our San Francisco store, and also in our Web Shop. We also have an enormous collection of tillandsia air plants to create your own unique garden with.

Composed of solid welded steel, it’s made right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

So what’s with the name Thigmotrope? “Thigmotropism” refers to the instinct of certain organisms to turn toward touch, as for instance the roots of an air plant embrace the bark of a tree, or a vine wraps its tendrils around a twig.

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 See a Thigmotrope Satellite backdrop for Flora and Seth’s portrait at Sightglass Coffee in SF’s South of Market district.

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Using our own Thigmotrope Satellite invention, our designer, Daniel Nolan, created this dynamic indoor vertical garden for one of our clients.

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Studio O+A brought in our designer, Patrick Lannan, to create a vertical garden of tillandsia air plants for Evernote’s headquarters in Redwood City. The wall-size arrangement using our Thigmotrope Satellite expresses the star shape of individual plants composing it. See more here.

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Photo by Jen Siska

ABOVE:  Few of us find a place for plants in our kitchens; tillandsias can be your exotic green friends mounted on Thigmotrope Satellites out of the way of your cooking. See more from Flora’s Kitchen.

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ABOVE: Thigmotrope Satellites mounted on a wooden panel: a great DIY project for your home or office.

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The Big Thigmotrope Satellite is a bigger version that you can use for composing with larger tillandsia air plants, like xerographica, duratii, and harrisii. It works like the original – it’s just bigger. Mix it on your wall with the standard-size Thigmotrope Satellite. We created Big Thigmotrope Satellite because we wanted to place large tillandsia air plants securely on vertical surfaces to create simple, dramatic settings.

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Our First Woolly Pocket Vertical Garden

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

This is a photo of our first ever Woolly Pocket garden, installed in 2010. We were so excited to be among the first stores to carry Woolly Pockets and offer the “Wally One” in our Web Shop. Since then, we’ve put vertical gardens in all kinds of places, but this was our first.

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Indoor vertical garden at Flora Grubb Gardens

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Here is the same garden a few months later, all filled-in. The pockets have disappeared behind the plants, and the vertical garden is thriving.

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Bardessono Hotel Vertical Tillandsia Garden

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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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