Living Walls of Charlotte, NC

G A R D E N S, Green wall, Landscape Design

Early September we had our family vacation in Hilton Head, SC. Our drive from Ohio takes us through Charlotte, NC.  Previous years we have planned our lunch stop in Charlotte at Price’s Chicken Coop and a leg stretch at Capital to see their green wall by Patrick Blanc.  This year we have a ten month old, so decided to stay over night to break up the drive home and explore more of the city.  In the research of what to see in Charlotte I was surprised to find three living walls in addition to the one at Capitol, a high end boutique.  The living walls are spread across industries – small business, corporation/retail, non-for-profit and education.  It is great to see how a city is embracing living walls, and it inspires me to make Columbus the home to multiple living walls, but would be happy to start at one.


Green wall from Capitol taken in 2011.

The green wall in Capital was designed by Patrick Blanc, who is the foremost leader in green wall designs. Laura Vinroot Poole , owner of Capital, and her architect husband requested the wall design by Blanc after meeting him at a party and being familiar with his work at the Pershing Hall Hotel in Paris in 2008.  Blanc also designed a green wall for the Foundation for the Carolinas, which features nearly 1,500 plants and 153 different species in 2011. Unfortunately we were in Charlotte on Saturday and the center was not open for us to request a view. Our photo is from the website of the Foundation.

The rooftop living wall at the Foundation for the Carolinas, via Patrick Blanc's Website


We also visited a green wall inside the local Whole Foods, which opened in 2012. What was interesting about this wall was how it was installed. Individual pots of plants were inserted inside a vertical system. There was a drip line irrigation to maintain, however this system allows for easy replacement of troubled plants. Here is a video of the store opening.



The final green wall we visited was at Queens University. I had a photo of this green wall on my inspiration board, but was not aware it was in Charlotte until we visited the campus. The 735 square-foot design features a double helix, a nod to its home on the Rodgers Science and Health Building.  The Design was by Ambius and was completed early 2013, who also did the green wall inside Longwood Gardens.

Queen's University Living Wall CharlotteLiving wall or Green wall at Queen's University Charlotte, NC

If you are staying in Charlotte, stay at the Ritz Charlton where you can add a tour of their green roof and seasonally home to a colony of bees to round out your living wall/roof tour of Charlotte.





What’s in Bloom Arrangement – Early September

annuals, Central Ohio, McCullough, My Work, Redtwig Farms

The summer annuals in the nursery are almost spent for the season. Last week I did a quick run through clipping just about anything that had a bloom left and gave to my wife for an arrangement to showcase the last of the blooms. I hope to get at least one additional arrangement in this year using our Dahlias, it feels like it just flipped from summer to fall. Next year I will be planting more cutting flowers in containers to have for weekly arrangements.


One of my favorite in the arrangement are the Green Envy Zinnias. We grew these from seeds purchased from a vendor at the Nashville Antique and Garden show, D.Labdreth Seed Company. They mentioned you would need to cut the flowers early in the day of the bloom or the color would fade. I am happy to say we did not and they were still a beautiful color after a week plus of blooming. They also turned into wonderful dried flowers at the end of their bloom. We ran into the same vendor this weekend at the Country Living Fair and were able to share photos of the seeds and pick up a few more packets.


Here is a breakdown of the blooms included. There are some more random greenery added that I did not ID below, Kale and the leaves of Ligularia.

breakdown of september blooms

What is blooming this September in your garden?


Red Twig Farms – What is Currently Growing

Central Ohio, Inspiration, Redtwig Farms

This year we have a test production field of dahlias growing on our cut flower farm, Red Twig Farms. Our climate is perfect for growing the flowers and with the addition of some good compost to the soil they are relatively easy to grow.  After a wet spring and early summer we got off to a late start, but the summer heat is paying dividends and now and we almost have more than we know what to do with.  In early October my brother Josh is getting married in our greenhouse so I am sure that these beauts will make it into the bouquets.

Here are some photos of the flowers that are blooming right now.  I am really liking the Peaches & Cream (upper right) and the Purple Pearl (lower right)


We ship….so contact my brother for some info.