Today's photos are from Warren Reynolds in British Columbia. He says, "These photos are from a project that a bunch of my friends worked on this summer. My girlfriend, Kelly Moore, designed a living wall into a stage at an annual music festival held every August in Salmo, British Columbia, called Shambhala Music Festival. I think she is so talented and I just want the world to see what she can do because she is just so amazing.
One of the main goals for this project was to try something new and work collectively as a team to create a beautiful piece of art. Kelly has always wanted to build a living wall and here was her chance to do it. The plants that she used in this design were green and purple varieties of ornamental sweet potato vine and creeping Jenny. Those were grown for their cascading properties. Ornamental fennel for the beautiful texture, lamium and some wandering Jew for a little bit extra. The centerpiece for the stage is made out of sheet metal. Every piece was cut and airbrushed individually. A group of local artists did that project. The rock work was done by another fellow from rock he has access to from a local quarry." That's gorgeous, Warren! What a fun project. I bet it was a huge hit at the festival!
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That's an amazing living wall Kelly and Warren! Love the plant combinations - simple yet effective with lots of impact. What are the dimensions of the wall? Seems pretty large from the close-up photo. What happens to the wall next year? Is the stage taken down and new one designed and rebuilt each year?
The wall is about 5ft wide by 13ft tall. The stage is a permanent structure on a 200 acre working farm. We haven't really figured what is going to happen for next year. Kelly is the mastermind behind the pants for this project but im sure she will figure out someting pretty sweet. One really cool thing with this project is that we can grow a new wall every year so we just have to let the creativity fly and just run with it.
Like an artist with a new canvas. Where do you source your plants?
we bought some from a local green house, grew some from seed, and propagated one of our house plants just to experiment. Plus we had basically had no budget to work with so we had to get creative. I'm pretty sure that Kelly buys all of her seeds from Johny's seeds
I can't believe it's count down time for your next Shambhala Music festival. I had never heard of it before and I was happy to read about it. Wow you did a great job pulling the colors and textures together for the living wall. The artists that participated were very creative and together all of you made a beautiful back drop for the stage. I am so happy you shared this with all of us. (Warren I can't tell at all how proud you are of Kelly,you are a cute couple)
Very cool. Nice color combination and texture. Very clever to use plants that would naturally trail, and thus cascade. Thanks for supporting Kelly's passion too; I'm sure she really appreciates it, and will certainly draw inspiration and motivation from it.
Very cool. Time to start thinking about gardening upwards......I'm glad you included photos of the structure berfore it was planted.
Oh, you devil you, Warren, you have literally and figuratively planted the seeds of an idea in this gardener's imagination ... please share with Kelly my admiration and appreciation for for her work. The whole finished project with the stonework, colorful and fun top ornamentation and, of course, the living wall is a triumph of collaboration. Sincerest compliments to all.
Warren, thank you so much for sharing this creative and lovely project with us! You certainly have every right to be proud of Kelly and her contribution to it. I'm sure you did your part as well, which, modestly, you do not mention. That structure would allow a gardener to change out the pots at any time.... hmm, a wall of cascading strawberries, or maybe tomatoes?
Plant on Kelly (and what a great boyfriend you have)! What an intriguing and involved project. Inspiring. I am running out of room in my garden but I can still plant up can't I? Thank you guys for "planting this seed."
Thanks for showing us these pictures, Warren. What a wonderful idea in all of it. I looked up the site and it seems like a wonderful group effort!
Congratulations Warren and Kelly. What an interesting stage. The plants certainly add to it. I can see the wheels turning in lots of people's heads about living walls. The Vancouver Aquarium has a very large one if you are in the area.
Im not but whenever kelly and i are in van we go on missions to find various living walls. we will check it out on our next trip.
Thank you all for the lovely comments, it really means a lot to me. Its a very nice feeling to have sparked some inspiration to some of you lovely people out there. Anything is possible when you just put your mind to it. Cheers!!
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