There’s nothing like a vertical garden overflowing with lush plants! Vertical gardening is one of today’s top trends, and the good news for design lovers is that there’s a solution for every budget. Take for instance the Home Sweet Home project from Rosenbaum, which transformed over fifty Brazilian homes with colorful makeovers that were easy on the wallet.
Home Sweet Home Vertical Garden
As part of an innovative partnership called Home Sweet Home (Lar Doce Lar) between design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck, dozens of Brazilian homes received a dramatic makeover of both interior and exterior spaces. For their 48th home, the design firm created a stunning vertical garden suspended in a narrow walkway right outside of the house. This genius hanging garden in the form of old plastic bottles, strung together and planted with flowers, spices, and medicinal herbs, was part of TV show Caldeirao do Huck which help boost the quality of life of poor families.
Hundreds of Soda and Water Bottles
The construction of Rosenbaum's vertical garden required hundreds of plastic soda and water bottles that were rinsed and stripped of their labels and logos. A rectangular cut was then made in each bottle to serve as the top of the planter. The design firm strung the bottle planters together in columns by poking holes at either side of each bottle and were held in place with anchor weights. Spaced evenly apart, the bottle planters were mounted to the walls in a large grid and then filled with soil and seeds; a vertical garden was born.
Making a Vertical Garden on a Budget
It is a prime example of importing greenery into our lives on a budget, even with limited space. The garden can be constructed with almost entirely recycled materials and besides pleasing the eye, it can easily function as a home garden that simultaneously infuses the air with fresh scents - by planting herbs and vegetables such as cilantro, basil, parsley, chives, and lettuce. Rosenbaum's vertical garden project received a lot of positive responses and a good amount of attention. So much so, that the design firm decided to release the urban garden's design schematics (in Portuguese) detailing how to build one yourself. A great take on stimulating growing your own food and recycling waste at the same time.