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Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Vertical Gardens’

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

Thigmotrope Satellite is a beautiful tool that you can use to create your own vertical garden using tillandsia air plants. 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. See a Thigmotrope Satellite backdrop for people’s portraits in concrete at Sightglass Coffee in SF’s South of Market district.

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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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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. 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.

I worked with Seth Boor on the design, and my honey Kevin Smith installed the project.

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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Flora and Grey with the Bardessono Tillandsia Garden

ABOVE: Flora and Baby Greyson enjoying the Bardessono Hotel lobby

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Fibrecrete

April 10th, 2014

Fibrecrete

Succulent Sake Cups!

April 8th, 2014

Succulent Sake Cups!

BKB Ceramics

April 8th, 2014

BKB Ceramics

Plant Lust: Japanese Maples

March 27th, 2014

Plant Lust: Japanese Maples

Events at Flora Grubb Gardens

March 24th, 2014

Events at Flora Grubb Gardens

Garden Trowels!

March 24th, 2014

Garden Trowels!

Indoor Wall Planter

January 31st, 2014

Indoor Wall Planter

Plant Lust: Kalanchoe Pumila

January 31st, 2014

Plant Lust: Kalanchoe Pumila

Nolan: Russian Hill Terraces

January 30th, 2014

Nolan: Russian Hill Terraces

Time to Prune

January 7th, 2014

Time to Prune

Watering A Dry Garden

January 6th, 2014

Watering A Dry Garden

Living Seeds Company

December 16th, 2013

Living Seeds Company

Andrew DeWitt Pottery

October 29th, 2013

Andrew DeWitt Pottery

Photography by Caitlin Atkinson

October 23rd, 2013

Photography by Caitlin Atkinson

Succulents for Shade Gardens

October 23rd, 2013

Succulents for Shade Gardens

Nolan : An Art Deco Approach

September 23rd, 2013

Nolan : An Art Deco Approach

San Francisco's Special Gardening Climate

September 20th, 2013

San Francisco’s Special Gardening Climate

Urban Farmgirls Pots

September 20th, 2013

Urban Farmgirls Pots

Shadow Boxes

August 1st, 2013

Shadow Boxes

Patrick's Home Garden

July 24th, 2013

Patrick’s Home Garden

Sunset Garden Innovators

July 8th, 2013

Sunset Garden Innovators

Succulent Letters

June 7th, 2013

Succulent Letters

Clarke's Garden!

May 15th, 2013

Clarke’s Garden!

Dash & Albert Rugs

May 11th, 2013

Dash & Albert Rugs

Fun with Tillandsias: Decoration and Gifts

December 17th, 2012

Fun with Tillandsias: Decoration and Gifts

Staghorn Ferns

December 14th, 2012

Staghorn Ferns

Succulents

December 14th, 2012

Succulents

The Garden Bath in the New York Times

October 18th, 2012

The Garden Bath in the New York Times

Thigmotrope at Sightglass

October 15th, 2012

Thigmotrope at Sightglass

Our Edsel

October 13th, 2012

Our Edsel

Woolly Pockets

October 12th, 2012

Woolly Pockets

Boulder Candle Holders

October 12th, 2012

Boulder Candle Holders

White Pod Planters

October 11th, 2012

White Pod Planters

Why We Love Yucca 'Jewel'

October 9th, 2012

Why We Love Yucca ‘Jewel’

Real Gardening Tools for Kids

October 9th, 2012

Real Gardening Tools for Kids

Wall Play Ornaments

October 9th, 2012

Wall Play Ornaments

Judy Jackson Stoneware

October 8th, 2012

Judy Jackson Stoneware

The Alley Ames Garden Cottage

October 8th, 2012

The Alley Ames Garden Cottage

SINGLE VERTICAL TEMPLATE

October 6th, 2012

SINGLE VERTICAL TEMPLATE

Lannan : Cow Hollow Roof Deck

October 5th, 2012

Lannan : Cow Hollow Roof Deck

Cube Aerium

October 5th, 2012

Cube Aerium

High Fired Pots

October 5th, 2012

High Fired Pots

Old and Board Chairs

October 3rd, 2012

Old and Board Chairs

Fibreclay

October 3rd, 2012

Fibreclay

Caring for Tillandsia Air Plants

October 3rd, 2012

Caring for Tillandsia Air Plants