If you are thinking of starting a vertical garden along a sunny wall, you might want to consider buying a new gardening tool: a staple gun. That’s one of the tools a crew of workers brought today to start planting a vertical garden on the exterior of a new Silver Lake beauty salon taking shape on Sunset Boulevard. Salon owner Arnaud Ozharun told The Eastsider back in October that he decided to landscape the walls of his new business based on the vertical gardens and systems he saw in France, where he last operated a salon. “It will be like Amazonia.”
Starting this morning, a crew lead by landscaper and designer James Reineck arrived to start planting the first of nearly 20,000 plants, a job that will take about two months to complete. It’s a simple but time consuming process: a slit is cut into the fabric padding that covers the wall; a small amount of planting mix is poured into a small pocket created by the slit, followed by a plant. A staple helps seal the slit and hold the plant in place – at least that’s the plan.
The plants, which will be irrigated by pipes underneath the fabric will include Scotch Moss and Acorus Grass – which were being planted today – as well as papyrus and even some small trees, Reineck said.
Photos by The Eastsider