Did you ever consider your garden a work of edible art? For many, their gardens might be best described as crime scenes, a place where “easy to grow” plants come to die. We’ve had our fair share of those seasons.
The recent ground swell of support for the use of hydroponic systems in the production of specialty greens and herbs has produced some very aesthetically pleasing gardens. In fact, many landscape architects are now looking to “living walls” as design elements and we certainly hope the trend continues.
Here are a few early adopters worth noting. Restaurants, schools, and community hubs alike are getting creative and finding new ways to make hydroponic walls artistic elements.
2015 World Fair – Milan, Italy
The Pavilion, designed by Biber Architects, was named “American Food 2.0” and sported not only the world’s largest food-producing green wall, Powered by ZipGrow, but living chandeliers inside the building. Guests could view the Farm Wall from below and from balconies on the side of the pavilion.
Page at 63 Main
What could be cooler than a restaurant with an integrated aquaponics system where they use the fish waste to grow herbs and greens right in the restaurant.
Discover more about how Page at 63 Main is changing dining in their community and just how much it has impacted the residents.
Altitude’s Chophouse and Brewery
There is a resurgence in food scene in Laramie, WY which is also home to Bright Agrotech, makers of the acclaimed ZipGrow hydroponic systems used in Edible Learning Labs. One of the more impressive hydroponic installations we’ve ever seen (aside from the one at the World Fair of course) is on the exterior brick wall of the Altitude Chophouse & Brewery.
Who could argue that this isn’t art? It improves the outside aesthetic of the building, peaks curiosity, and gives diners a much more direct connection to the food they are served. Learn more about what prompted this daring departure from the traditional way of doing things.