Green Your Workspace With a Vertical Garden

Vertical gardens are a unique means of decoration, creating a breath of fresh air in confined workspaces.

This blog will outline the benefits of using vertical gardens in your workspace and provide insights into how to create your very own.

By the end of this post, you’ll know which plants thrive in a vertical garden, how to build it, and how to save money while doing it.

So, let’s get started!

Benefits of a Vertical Garden

Improving your workspace with a vertical garden has many benefits. Let me explain.

First, it improves the air quality. Plants naturally absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, which results in a cleaner, fresher office space. In fact, a study done by NASA shows that certain plants are more effective than others when it comes to improving air quality. Plants such as pothos, snake plant, and spider plant can remove toxins from the air, making your workspace cleaner and healthier.

Second, a vertical garden can help reduce noise levels in your office. Plants that are used in vertical gardens can absorb sound waves, which can help create a quieter, more peaceful environment. This can result in less distractions and more focus on work.

Third, creating a vertical garden can relieve stress. Research has shown that simply looking at plants can help reduce stress levels, and even improve concentration. The benefits of being around plants go beyond just aesthetics. Green plants especially have been found to have a calming effect and can even help reduce anxiety.

Lastly, a green workspace can increase productivity. It is well-known that exposure to natural elements can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Plants can have a positive effect on your energy level and mood, which in turn can result in increased efficiency, ultimately leading to a more productive workday.

Overall, adding a vertical garden to your workspace can help you breathe easy, keep your mind calm, and stay focused, ultimately leading to a more productive and healthy work environment.

Choosing the Right Plants for Your Vertical Garden

Are you overwhelmed with the many plant options for your vertical garden? Don’t worry, I’m here to help you!

When choosing the plants for your vertical garden, consider their light requirements, water needs and growth habit. Some plants are drought-tolerant and don’t require a lot of water, while others need daily watering. Similarly, some plants thrive in low light, while others require direct sunlight.

For indoor environments, it’s best to choose plants that are low maintenance, are able to handle different light conditions and won’t outgrow their wall space too quickly. Here are some of the best plants for indoor vertical gardens:

  • Pothos: loves low light and is easy to care for
  • Spider plants: can handle a range of lighting conditions and are known for their air-purifying abilities
  • Philodendron: another low maintenance plant that can tolerate low light
  • Ferns: come in many different varieties, some of which thrive in low light and can help increase humidity in the air

Keep in mind that your plant choices will depend on your workspace environment. If your office has a lot of natural light, you may be able to grow plants that require more sun. On the other hand, if your office is fairly dark, you’ll need to choose plants that can handle low light.

If you’re still unsure about which plants to choose or how to care for them, speak to a local horticulturist who can recommend the perfect plants for your workspace.

Creating a Vertical Garden for Your Workspace

Choosing the right wall for a vertical garden is an important step to ensure the success of the garden. You want to find a wall that receives enough sunlight and will be accessible for watering and pruning. If possible, choose a wall that is close to a power source so that you can install a grow light to provide the necessary lighting during the darker months.

The installation of a vertical garden can be accomplished in several ways. Some vertical gardens use a hydroponic system, while others use soil as the growing medium. Regardless of which system you choose, most vertical gardens require some type of support structure, such as a trellis or lattice, to ensure the plants grow in the desired direction.

Maintaining a vertical garden is a bit different from maintaining other types of gardens. Due to the vertical nature of the garden, you may need to use a ladder or step stool to reach the higher plants for pruning or harvesting. Additionally, since the wall behind the garden may become wet from watering, it is important to ensure that the wall is waterproofed or that there is a waterproof membrane behind the garden to prevent water damage to the wall.

By creating a vertical garden in your workspace, you can bring life to an otherwise dull and uninspiring wall. With some careful planning and proper maintenance, your vertical garden can provide you with a peaceful oasis that will reduce stress and improve your productivity.

DIY Vertical Garden

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and creative way to green up your workspace, consider building your own vertical garden. Here is a list of materials to get you started:

  • A wooden pallet or frame
  • Landscape fabric or burlap
  • Potting soil or a soilless growing medium
  • Plants of your choice
  • Nails and a hammer, or screws and a drill
  • Staple gun or heavy-duty glue

Step 1: Prep Your Pallet or Frame

If you’re using a wooden pallet, remove any loose boards or protruding nails. Then cover the back and sides with landscape fabric or burlap using a staple gun or glue.

Step 2: Fill with Soil or Growing Medium

Fill the pallet or frame with potting soil or a soilless growing medium. If using a soilless medium, be sure to wet it down before planting.

Step 3: Plant Your Selection

Select the plants you want to grow in your vertical garden. Consider the lighting conditions of your workspace and choose plants that will thrive in those conditions. Then, plant them in the pockets created by the pallet or frame.

Step 4: Proper Maintenance

Ensure that your vertical garden gets enough water to sustain the plants but not so much that the soil becomes soggy. Water daily or as needed. Fertilize occasionally with a balanced fertilizer.

By building your own DIY vertical garden, you can tailor it to fit your unique workspace and interior design preferences.

Cost of a Vertical Garden

If you’re worried about the cost of installing a vertical garden, don’t be. A vertical garden is not only an eco-friendly option for your workspace, but it is also an affordable one. When compared to other office decorations, a vertical garden is one of the most cost-effective ways of sprucing up your workspace.

By using a vertical garden instead of traditional office decorations such as paintings, sculptures, or wall hangings, you can save a lot of money. Moreover, vertical gardens are low maintenance and require less watering, making them a budget-friendly option in the long run.

In addition, you can save costs by creating your own DIY vertical garden, which could cost a fraction of the price of a ready-made one. Utilising recycled materials such as plastic bottles or old trays can make the vertical garden financially rewarding and also help in reducing pollution.

Just because you are on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to forgo the benefits of a vertical garden. By following the steps in the previous sections and making the garden yourself, you can enjoy the benefits of having a vertical garden at a lower cost.

Success Stories

Are you curious if any companies have successfully implemented a vertical garden in their workspace? The answer is a resounding yes. Many companies across the world have implemented this concept and seen the benefits. Not only does it bring a natural element into the workspace, but it also makes a statement about the company’s culture and values.

Did you know that the horticultural addition has resulted in improved air quality and increased productivity? At One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, the installation of a vertical garden was not just for aesthetics. Potted plants within the soil-free walls have helped regulate air temperature, lowering energy costs for the building with their insulating effect. The installation has been such a success that customers are willing to wait up to 45 minutes in line to be served at cafes located in the building.

Another example is the Taipei Financial Center. After establishing a green space covering three floors, the architects found that employees’ sick days decreased by 15%. So not only did the addition make employees feel better about coming to work, but it also helped the company save money from a decrease in lost productivity.

If you work in a loud environment and are looking for a vertical garden to decrease sound waves, then Phonak’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, should serve as an inspiration. This hearing solutions company installed vertical gardens that act as sound barriers, helpful in reducing the noise level within the company.

Do you work in a stressful environment and want to create a better space for employees to de-stress? A study by the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, found that adding plants to offices resulted in a 37% decrease in tension and anxiety, a 58% decrease in depression or dejection, and a 44% decrease in anger and hostility.

These are just a few examples of how companies have implemented a vertical garden. If you do some research, you can find many more success stories.

Vertical Garden Ideas for Your Workspace

Are you struggling with finding the perfect location for your vertical garden? Fear not, as there are countless spots in your workspace that would benefit from a green installation. Consider placing your garden in the following spaces:

  • Conference rooms: Conference rooms are the perfect place for a vertical garden installation. Utilize the stagnant wall as valuable rental space for greenery that will energize the attendees.

  • Waiting rooms: Waiting rooms can be tedious, so breathe new life into these spaces with vibrant, living greenery as a calming presence.

  • Reception areas: Impress your guests from the very beginning by allowing your reception area to make an unforgettable first impression. Create a captivating vertical garden designed to welcome.

  • Hallways: Transform dull or boring walkways into a lush environment that makes your colleagues or clients feel more engaged and at ease.

  • Above Desks: Have some wall space above desks? If you do, then it’s the perfect spot to install a small, manageable vertical garden that brightens up the workspace, all while providing a unique view that helps refocus the mind.

Don’t be afraid to get creative! Find unique spots in your workspace to place your vertical garden. They will not only add visual interest, but improve air quality, and reduce noise to foster a healthier, happier workplace.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, adding a vertical garden to your workspace has numerous benefits, including improved air quality and increased productivity.

Not only is it good for your mental and physical health, but it also adds a touch of greenery and aesthetics to your workspace.

So, which idea will you implement first?

Let me know by sending me a message.

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Thank you for reading!

Author: Scott Sanders


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