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Michigan’s Own Creates Green Innovation

February 25, 2013
February 25, 2013

Grand Rapids, Michigan/ February 25th, 2013 – LiveWall® will feature their new vertical green landscape system at the 34th annual Western Michigan Home and Garden Show. West Michigan’s largest home and garden show will take place from February 28th to March 3rd.

Whether you’re converting to energy saving light bulbs, driving fuel efficient cars, or recycling more everyone seems to be looking to make their world a little greener these days. This desire for mental and physical health has led one Spring Lake, Michigan based company to another innovative product development which will make a huge impact on the green movement throughout the nation. This new green wall product is called LiveWall®.
LiveWall vertical gardens improve mental health and nutrition
“LiveWall provides a new option for adding the living beauty of greenery onto any building,” says Dave MacKenzie, president and founder of LiveWall. “With unequaled versatility, LiveWall can create green walls planted with annuals, perennials, succulents and tropical plants. We are excited about the unlimited possibilities.”  This system can also be used to turn a plain wall into an herb or vegetable garden. This development is a big innovation in the green industry and is simple enough for do-it-yourself installations by homeowners or company employees. It can be custom designed to create unique wall installations on large commercial buildings or purchased as a smaller kit, with or without automatic irrigation. The company will also display LiveScreen®, a mobile, fully assembled version of LiveWall that comes two-sided on wheels, fully assembled and ready for plants and soil.

For business and homeowners looking to hire a professional installer, four landscape companies will include LiveWall systems in their display at the show.  Everett’s Landscape, Stout Creek Landscape, Bakhuyzen Landscape Management and Summit Landscape Management are Grand Rapids companies taking their landscaping business vertically by providing LiveWall design and installation services.

LiveWall® is engineered to be attractive, simple to install on most walls, easy to maintain and change, and healthy for plants. The LiveWall® system’s WallTer® planter modules slide into the revolutionary RainRail® mounting tracks, which secure them in place and include hidden conduits and built-in nozzles for integrated mist irrigation. The WallTer® is manufactured using recycled architectural grade plastic, with a six inch depth by five inch wide structure that comes in 8-inch and 16-inch lengths. WallTer® inserts may be preordered fully grown or planted from seed or plugs and placed into the soil filled modules on site.

LiveWall® is the result of four years of research and design improvement by the same team of horticultural scientists, landscape professionals, architects, roofing specialists and green building experts at Hortech® who created LiveRoof®, the green roof system proven successful in more than 800 installations.  LiveWall®, like LiveRoof®, makes horticultural sense. It gives plants what they need in growing conditions like those found in the natural landscape.

“We developed LiveWall® in much the same way we developed LiveRoof®. After extensive evaluation of existing planted wall systems, we engineered LiveWall® to surpass them,” says Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president of Hortech®, Spring Lake, Michigan

About LiveWall®

Designed with a healthy regard for plants and their nutrition, LiveWall® is a vertical garden system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall® is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®.  LiveWall® supports plants as nature intended with the roots growing down into carefully selected soil, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall® transforms ordinary walls into inspiring vertical landscapes. LiveWall® is simple, effective and attractive. The system’s WallTer® planter modules slide into the revolutionary RainRail® mounting tracks, which secure them in place and provide integrated mist irrigation.  As with LiveRoof®, licensed regional growers customize plant selection for every LiveWall® project. They deliver the module inserts abundantly vegetated with locally cultivated full-grown, thriving plants for immediate success and enduring beauty.

The LiveWall® Planted Wall System can Contribute to Green Building Projects Earning LEED® Credits in Multiple Categories

November 13, 2012
November 13, 2012

News from Greenbuild: LiveWall®, the Planted Wall System Designed in Harmony with Nature, Offers a New Option to help Green Building Projects Achieve LEED Certification
San Francisco, CA

Today at the Greenbuild® International Conference and Expo in San Francisco, Calif., LiveWall, LLC announced that the LiveWall® green wall system can contribute to projects earning points toward ten or more LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits. LiveWall, the planted wall system that transforms ordinary walls into vertical green landscapes, is the result of four years of research and development by the same dedicated team of horticultural scientists, landscape professionals, architects, roofing specialists and green building experts who created LiveRoof®, the refined green roof system proven to be superior in more than 700 installations.

LEED from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a green building rating system and certification program that encourages and accelerates adoption of sustainable green building and development practices. The LEED categories and credits which can be influenced by LiveWall include:

  • Sustainable Sites: Stormwater Design (SS 6.1, SS 6.2) and Heat Island Effect (SS 7.1)
  • Water Efficiency: Water-Efficient Landscaping (WE 1) and Innovative Waste Water Technologies (WE 2)
  • Energy and Atmosphere: Optimize Energy Performance (EA 1)
  • Materials and Resources: Recycled Content (MR 4.1, MR 4.2) and Regional Materials (MR 5.1, 5.2)

LiveWall living wall installations may also contribute to Innovation in Design credits. Depending on geographic location, Regional Priority Credits may be available as well. Detailed information is available on the LiveWall web site: LiveWall and LEED.

“LiveWall is the planted wall system engineered to be attractive, simple to install, easy to maintain and change — and, above all, healthy for plants,” said Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president of Hortech, Inc and its LiveWall, LLC and LiveRoof, LLC subsidiaries.

The LiveWall green wall system’s planter modules slide into the innovative RainRail® mounting tracks, which secure them in place and incorporate hidden conduits and built-in nozzles for integrated mist irrigation. The modules, manufactured in recycled architectural grade plastic, are six inches deep and five inches wide and come in 8-inch and 16-inch lengths. They are available in multiple colors, including beige, cool gray, wheat, cedar, sage, and salsa.

LiveWall also comes in a two-sided, mobile version on wheels, LiveScreen®. “A practical, portable option to green up porches, patios and decks, LiveScreen can be used to grow colorful flowers, ornamental plants and herbs and vegetables,” said MacKenzie.

LiveWall is on display at the Greenbuild® International Conference and Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, November 14-15, 2012. LiveWall is at booth #2336S.

About LiveWall®

Designed with a healthy regard for plants, LiveWall® (http://www.livewall.com) is the planted wall system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system. LiveWall supports plants as nature intended — roots growing down, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall transforms ordinary walls into inspiring vertical landscapes. LiveWall is simple, effective and attractive. The system’s WallTer® planter modules slide into the revolutionary RainRail® mounting tracks, which secure them in place and provide integrated mist irrigation. Just as with LiveRoof, licensed regional growers across the U.S. and Canada customize plant selection for every LiveWall project. They deliver the module inserts abundantly vegetated with locally cultivated plants that are full-grown and thriving for immediate success and enduring beauty. For more information, call 877-554-4065.

Florasource Brings LiveWall to Southern California

September 25, 2012
September 25, 2012

San Clemente, Calif.-based Horticultural Supply Company Now Distributes LiveWall®, the New Planted Wall System that Transforms Ordinary Walls into Vertical Landscapes

San Clemente, Calif. and Spring Lake, Mich.

Florasource, Ltd. has begun offering the LiveWall® Planted Wall System in Southern California. Florasource (San Clemente, Calif.) has provided high-quality horticultural products to landscape architects, contractors, facility managers, and homeowners for more than 25 years. LiveWall, developed by Hortech, Inc. (Spring Lake, Mich.), is the refined green wall solution designed in harmony with nature.

“LiveWall provides a new option for adding the living beauty of flowers and greenery onto almost any property,” said Tom Hawkins, co-owner and president, Florasource, Ltd. “With unequaled versatility, LiveWall can create both interior and exterior living walls planted with a broad range of annuals, perennials, succulents, and tropical plants. It can even be used to turn a plain wall into an herb or vegetable garden.”

LiveWall is engineered to be attractive, simple to install, easy to maintain and change — and, above all, healthy for plants. The LiveWall system’s planter modules slide into the revolutionary RainRail® mounting tracks, which secure them in place and include hidden conduits and built-in nozzles for integrated mist irrigation. The modules, manufactured in recycled architectural grade plastic, are six inches deep and five inches wide and come in 8-inch and 16-inch lengths. They are available in multiple colors that complement any façade, including beige, cool gray, wheat, cedar, sage, and salsa.

LiveWall is also available in a two-sided, mobile version on wheels, LiveScreen®, a practical, portable option to create small-scale green spaces that are easy to arrange and adjust. “LiveScreen offers an ideal alternative to green up porches, patios and decks,” said Hawkins.

LiveWall is the result of four years of research and development by the same team of horticultural scientists, landscape professionals, architects, roofing specialists and green building experts at Hortech, Inc. who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system proven successful in more than 600 installations — including 56 Florasource green roof projects in California that total more than 79,000 square feet. LiveWall, like LiveRoof, makes horticultural sense. It gives plants what they need: growing conditions like those found in the natural landscape.

“We developed LiveWall in much the same way we developed LiveRoof. After extensive evaluation of existing living wall systems, we engineered LiveWall to surpass them,” said Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president of Hortech, Inc. “Tom Hawkins at Florasource has helped guide our design efforts. He brings decades of local horticultural experience and knowledge of California climates and plants to every project.”

“We provide complete pre-installation consultation and on-site technical support to ensure success,” said Hawkins. “Just as with LiveRoof, we help choose the right plants for each LiveWall project. We ensure that the planters are delivered with regionally adapted, locally grown plants that are mature and flourishing for instant results and lasting beauty.”

Examples of the LiveScreen mobile version of LiveWall planted with a variety of different plants are on display at Florasource, Ltd., which is located at 215 Avenida Del Mar, Suite K, San Clemente, Calif. 92672. For hours and additional information, call 949-498-1131.

About Florasource, Ltd.

Based in San Clemente, Calif., Florasource is an independent horticultural supply firm. Since 1985, Florasource has been dedicated to providing growers and grower-retailers with both innovative and time-honored young plants. The company also supplies the design and construction trades, as well as homeowners, with applied environmental products to support a sustainable existence. Florasource is a licensed regional distributor in Southern California for the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System and the LiveWall® Planted Wall System. For more information, visit http://www.florasourceltd.com or call 949-498-1131.

 

Rapid Growth features LiveWall, LLC for Local Job Creation

August 10, 2012
August 10, 2012

This week, Rapid Growth featured LiveWall, LLC as a company that is creating jobs through innovation.  See the article, “West Michigan horticultural firm creates living walls, roofs and jobs,” at rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Finally, A Green Wall Solution that Works

July 25, 2012
July 25, 2012

Our clients are consistently saying:  “LiveWall just makes sense.”  Business owners and individuals that have previously been hesitant to buy, design or install green wall systems are now moving forward with living wall plans that include LiveWall products.

The road to simplicity and proper function was a long one, taking four years of research, development and trialing.  The end result is a system that is designed in the best interest of the plants, offering them an environment and orientation that parallels nature.

Read more about the development of LiveWall in this article by Jim Harger on MLive.com, “Tired of others’ failures, West Michigan plant grower creates LiveWall alternative to vertical plantings.”

Iowa LiveWall Representative Grows its Business with Green Walls, Screens and Fences

July 23, 2012
July 23, 2012

Sisters Roxanne Nagel and Teresa Nelson are growing their business through representation of LiveWall and LiveRoof products. The team is quickly growing a reputation as the premier provider of living architecture in Iowa and surrounding regions.  See the article []

Michigan Chef Uses Herb Wall to Liven Up Menu

June 11, 2012
June 11, 2012
Grand Pines Herb Wall

Scott Reenders enjoys the fresh herbs on the wall at Grand Pines Assisted Living Center.

The first commercial LiveWall installation was successfully installed in April 2012 at the Grand Pines Assisted Living Center in Grand Haven, MI. The wall is planted with edibles which will be harvested and used throughout the growing season.

Chef Aaron Shapiro is looking forward to using the fresh herbs in his cooking for the residents of the assisted living center.  He intends to harvest and dry the herbs that he doesn’t use during the growing season to complement his cooking in the winter months.

Read all about it in the Grand Haven Tribune.

Introducing LiveWall, LiveScreen and LiveFence

April 26, 2012
April 26, 2012

LiveWall is the first and only planted wall system with patent pending TopSide® and RainRail® Technology for growing plants vertically in a manner that is healthy, simple, attractive, and low maintenance.  LiveFence® and LiveScreen® are the fencing and mobile screening applications of the same technology.

Brought to you by the makers of the LiveRoof® hybrid green roof system, LiveWall® was borne of necessity, as a solution-focused product requested by architectural and building professionals. The challenge was to create the ideal green living wall solution, addressing the key issues of architectural design, engineering, and horticulture; essentially marrying the best of aesthetics, physical and functional attributes, and the biological environment for the plant material.

Such a system, now called the LiveWall® system, had to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Suitable for a broad range of plants; sun and shade loving perennials, annuals,
  • vegetables, herbs, medicinal and tropical plants.
  • Sustainable; grows healthy plants with very low maintenance.
  • Easily planted and replanted.
  • Pre-vegetated and instantly mature for virtually guaranteed success.
  • Unrestricted design creativity.
  • No soil erosion.
  • Effective in all climates, and for indoor applications.
  • Attractive even during the dormant season.
  • Easy to design.
  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to water and fertilize.
  • Optimum LEED points.

 

LiveWall is logical. It parallels nature. LiveWall is simple, effective, and attractive.

We greatly look forward to helping you with your next project.

David S. MacKenzie, President, LiveWall, LLC
Horticulturist/Biologist
Author of Perennial Ground Covers and Timber Press Pocket Guide to Ground Covers

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