Living Walls of Charlotte, NC

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.





7 thoughts on “Living Walls of Charlotte, NC

    • Thank you for your comment! Really the possibilities are quite endless- only limited to your imagination. HOA….well, it really depends on the neighborhood. All HOA’s have their own opinions and guidelines…..Personally, I like to push the envelope!

  1. Thanks for posting this. I’m a professor at a university just south of Charlotte and am having my students design vertical gardens this semester. I knew about the walls at Queens and at Whole Foods, but not the one at the Foundation for the Carolinas and the Ritz. This adds a few more places we can visit this!

    • Matt, Thank you so much for the comment!….Man I wish I could have studied vertical gardens when I was in school! Make sure you guys visit Capitol as well, it’s pretty cool….really anything Patrick Blanc does is pretty amazing.

  2. Great post! A native Charlottean, I moved to HHI (2005-2008) and back to my homeland in ’09. I think my wife and I want to start with some Creeping Fig on our brick home this spring to break up some visual monotony on the house – maybe on your next trip we will make your blog post. We frequent that Whole Foods and love that wall but didn’t know about the others you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much for the comment! Creeping fig is a great wall cover- very effective and manageable- I’ll let you know next time I am Charlotte and I will bring my camera and beer!

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