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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Silver Lake’s vertical garden gets peeled away

Vertical garden in May.

Vertical garden coming down. PHoto by Scott Fajack.

Plywood revealed behind garden wall. Photo by Scott Fajack.

Sections of  the vertical garden that covered a  former Silver Lake beauty salon were removed today in a slow-motion strip tease. The garden was planted more than two years ago by a hair salon owner who had  wrapped the building at  Sunset Boulevard and Griffith Park boulevards in a blanket of living plants. An estimated 20,000 seedlings – from succulents to Scotch Moss  – and handfuls of soil were inserted into slits cut into thick fabric attached to the walls. A network of pipes under that fabric irrigated the garden. But the garden proved difficult to maintain and large sections of the walls were never planted, leaving behind tattered flaps of fabric and plastic to begin peeling from the sides of the building.

In May, Yummy.com,  which has leased the building to open a new grocery store  in the building, said that the garden would be removed because it consumes too much water, 40,000 a gallons a month to be exact.



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14 comments

  1. 40K gallons/month is about 50 HCF/month. I think, at homeowner rates, that’s about $250/month for water, and a slightly smaller amount for sewer charges on that water, unless irrigation and house water are separated out.

  2. There’s no way in hell they were using over 1300 gallons of water a day on that thing. If anyone believes that I’ve got a bridge for sale.

  3. Green walls are a great idea, but that one _never_ grew in as planned. It looked bare and forlorn since day one. I feel sorry for the salon owner that was hoodwinked by someone who couldn’t deliver what was promised.

  4. This is very sad. The salon owner really had high hopes for the vertical garden and was very excited about it. He was all about sustainable living and did have a beautiful salon built from sustainable materials. His products were of very high quality natural and organic ingredients from France, and he and his staff did great work. I don’t know why things fell apart, but I do know that I personally couldn’t continue going there because of the very high prices. It was a very large space and the rent must have been equally as large. I’m curious to know what really happened.

  5. I believe it would take a lot of water due to the sun exposure and that the plants were in such little soil, it any at all. Scotch moss? Whoever told him to plat that in that amount of sun was selling snake oil.

  6. There goes that “40,000 gallons a month” being thrown around again like the fact it just plain and simply isn’t and the contemptible exaggeration it is.

  7. maybe we just don’t have the climate for this type of installation
    works in wetter places, but when was the last time it rained?
    looking forward to Yummy

    • A better word is plant native plants in their respective environments. If a native plant can’t survive in California then probably there is something seriously wrong with the ecosystem here.

  8. Anyone know when the grocery store opens?

  9. I’m so glad that they are finally tearing down this eyesore! It was poorly executed, never finished and looked like crap. I think the “garden designer” didn’t have clue what he was doing. I’m looking forward to seeing what the new tenant does with the place, it can’t possible any worse.

  10. they have one of these vertical gardens outside the Target in Hollywood, looks pretty nice there.

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