John Ball Zoo is an urban zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The county-operated park has spent decades softening hardscapes to better blend the necessary structure of animal enclosures with their more desirable natural environments. The zoo boasts a vast bounty of botanic wonders, and its facilities staff are proud to include their living wall as one of many initiatives in their green operations.
The living wall at the bridge to the Chimp embodies this–using modern techniques to further immerse the zoos guests and inhabitants in a natural setting. The living walls are pictured here with brightly contrasting swatches of red, chartruese and purplish-black coleus selections.