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Sep 23, 2019 | Design

Vertical garden supplier Vicinity is changing the green-wall game

A leading green-wall supplier that places equal emphasis on functionality and accessibility as it does on the visual impact their products create, Vicinity’s systems make it possible to create green walls that thrive for the long term and don’t require extensive unsustainable care.

Whether you’re creating a vertical garden purely for visual appeal – to add greenery to an office space, hotel lobby or restaurant – or you want the garden to function as a propagating space for herbs and vegetables, the system is adaptable and modular, easy to set up and use, contrary to common misconception.

“We’ve developed a revolutionary system that significantly reduces the risk associated with vertical gardens, as well as taking the complexity out of constructing them,” says Ricky Frankental, co-founder of Vicinity.

Sean O’Connor from Living Green Walls is one of Vicinity’s expert implementers and chooses Vicinity products precisely for their plug-and-play approach. The plant project specialist, which offers turnkey solutions for living walls and green roofs, is passionate about greening up urban spaces. “The fact that the system is modular means that you can scale it according to your project. It also gives you the option of pre-growing everything off site for a clean and simple installation,” he says.

For a project for a Johannesburg homeowner, O’Connor used a soil-based modular living wall system designed for flat vertical surfaces. Here he wanted to create a fresh green backdrop with unique forms and colouring, to contrast with the clean white finish of the kitchen. The modularity and extremely customisable nature of the Vicinity system allowed him to effectively ‘paint’ the tones using plants, placing them exactly as he’d visualised to create the desired effect.

The Vicinity system consists of a pot kit (hexagon pots, geo textile planting bags and aluminium rails). In terms of nuts and bolts, the modular tank system allows you to easily facilitate water catchment under your pots, avoiding water wastage and allowing seamless indoor use. Lastly, the irrigation element – the kits come in multiple sizes depending on your needs and the project’s requirements and include pumps, filters, connectors and piping, where applicable.


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