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Not your average wall planter: Anne Arundel businesses partner to sell green walls

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Chuck Goodman said his architecture firm is always looking for the latest developments in the industry to offer clients.

The most recent: a wall of plants.

“They’re beautiful,” he said. “It’s going to be right when you come into the door. We think it makes a statement to what we’re committed to in sustainable design.”

The CR Goodman Associates founder said the green wall will be installed in the firm’s Annapolis office in about a month. And the wall won’t be just an aesthetic statement — it will also filter air.

The company was the primary architect for Anne Arundel Medical Center for the last 20 years, using Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.

Cindy Shuart, owner of Harmony Gardens in Annapolis, said the interior green walls improve air quality, reduce noise, regulate temperature, save energy and qualify for LEED credits.

“I feel like it’s the natural progression of where indoor plants should be moving to,” Shuart said. “We’re getting them off the floor and we’re putting them on the wall.”

Ray Greenstreet, of Greenstreet Growers in Lothian, approached Shuart at the beginning of the year with the idea and the two businesses partnered to sell them locally, she said. Greenstreet and Shuart are horticulturists in the interior plant-scaping industry, which puts plants in office buildings and malls, she said.

“This is more cutting-edge technology because it’s bringing in the science, bringing plants into the indoors and making them work for us,” Shuart said. “These walls clean the toxins from our environment. Then, of course, there’s all the emotional and psychological effect on the indoors.”

The brand of green walls they are selling is Aerogation, a double-walled panel system with all the irrigation within the panel.

“I’d seen (green walls) but never anything like this,” she said.”It’s like a closed-panel system where the air and the water flow through the wall to feed the plants and they’re very low maintenance.”

The type of plants on the wall depend on the amount of light available, Shuart said. 

After installation of the system, Shuart said her company and Greenstreet will send someone out about once a month to check on and trim the system. And customers can have the walls customized for different holidays.

Goodman said he’s seen green walls before, but never something like Aerogation, which filters air as it passes through.

“There’s so many new things out there that add to sustainable design you couldn’t begin to name them all. This is something we saw we liked,” he said.

Since the beginning of the year, Greenstreet Growers and Harmony Gardens have sold two other walls. One has been installed in Montgomery County, and the other will be installed in a Baltimore restaurant, she said. Right now they are focusing on marketing and going to other architecture firms to introduce the product.

Goodman said the employees at CR Goodman Associates are anxious for the green wall to be installed in the office.

“Architecture, like anything else, is a profession that’s constantly evolving,” Goodman said. Read More

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