From landscapes to living walls
In 2006 we launched a company called The Landscape Architect. The business was focussed on designing and installing contemporary gardens and landscapes. In 2008 we decided to include a living wall in the scheme for a roof terrace in Hackney. The client loved the concept so we set off to find suppliers. We couldn’t find anybody who offered what we wanted. It was all too dull, too functional, too evergreen, too rectangular, and too rigid. We wanted to track the gable end of a building and create an odd shaped triangular living wall. We wanted lots of colour and drama and seasonality. We wanted something that we could carry up a five floor building which didn’t have any lifts. We wanted something that was light enough to keep the structural engineers off our backs.
In the end we decided to create the living wall ourselves. It took months and months of research along with a fair degree of trial and error. It was a sure-fire loss-leader but in the end everyone was delighted with the results. Over the subsequent decade, living walls featured in many of the gardens we designed and installed. With every new installation we were able to refine our system and style. During 2017 we started to appreciate how much we loved creating living walls. It was all that we really wanted to do. In the summer of 2018 we created our first three dimensional living wall with a set of living spheres for a scheme in Devon. As 2018 drew to a close we realised that we had not designed or installed a single garden during the year, let alone a landscape. Everything we had worked on had been a vertical garden. We realised it was time for a new company, with a new name. So welcome to Tapestry Vertical Gardens.