A Living Wall for Corporate Clients
Not really a garden design at all but a project that used my skills and was a bit of fun. In spring 2013, I was asked by a friend who works in events, to help out on an unusual job, creating a ‘living wall’ to be used as part of a series of corporate events for the Hewlett Packard world tour. Ivory World-wide, an events management company, had won the contract for the European leg of the HP world tour, which was a continuation of the North American leg. That had had a really big living wall but by the time the tour came to Europe budgets were getting tighter and a more modest affair was proposed for events in London, Paris and Mannheim.
The project involved designing the cabinets in which the plants would sit, designing the planting, sourcing the plants and ensuring they were well looked after and arrived at their destinations safely and in good condition, as well as installing them on site.
It was a pleasure working with Ivory and other professionals as part of a team in the slightly surreal world of corporate events. The walls were a great success and the client was very happy. A fun and interesting interlude in the usually more solitary life of a landscape designer, and a window into another world – a nice one to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there!