WON­DER WALL

Art meets tech in the rise of ver­ti­cal gar­dens.

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Brief -

First, they dec­o­rated build­ings. Now, they are mak­ing their way into homes, thanks to ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy.

“Tech­nol­ogy, from LED growth­light­ing to au­to­mated ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems, has em­pow­ered home­own­ers to cre­ate home gar­dens that are sus­tain­able and easy to main­tain,” says Dar­ren Neo, founder of land­scape con­sul­tancy Ver­ti­cal Green.

Aware­ness of such green op­tions has also blos­somed in re­cent years. As a lead­ing player in the lo­cal scene, Ver­ti­cal Green has seen a 30 per cent growth in projects each year since the con­sul­tancy opened in 2009. More re­cently, de­mand has come from con­do­minium and apart­ment dwellers.

When it comes to de­sign­ing a ver­ti­cal gar­den, Neo of­fers this in­sight: Look be­yond the green­ery. He says: “Many home-own­ers fo­cus only on the plants, but around 90 per cent of what makes a ver­ti­cal gar­den sus­tain­able is the sys­tem be­hind it.”

He is re­fer­ring to the felt pock­ets that house a va­ri­ety of greens, and the au­to­mated wa­ter­ing sys­tem that keeps the flora thriv­ing with min­i­mal main­te­nance.

A poorly de­signed sys­tem re­sults in wa­ter leak­age, and re­quires many plants to be re­placed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Good equip­ment, in con­trast, helps plants live longer, with less than 5 per cent hav­ing to be re­placed yearly.

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