Build-it Workshop #1

Greenlab's stormwater garden module workshop was a big success! Twelve green infrastructure enthusiasts joined us to construct their own garden modules at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy's Salt Lot. Thanks to all who participated! And stay tuned for the next workshop this summer!

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Dwell Magazine - Urban Survivor Garden

Dwell Magazine invited Greenlab to design a 10 square foot garden for their annual outdoor issue. Our solution was the Urban Survivor Garden.

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A typical urban garden is usually small in size and enclosed by walls or fences. Planting vertically is a smart way to activate a blank wall and maximize green area in a small space. This modular vertical garden is designed to tolerate urban stress. The garden "unit" is a square foot module that can be stacked and configured to fill any size space you desire!

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The module is a simple frame made of wood, stainless steel and wire mesh to contain the planting medium. Sedum, prickly pear cactus and yucca provide year round interest and have colorful blooms that compliment the industrial look of the wood and steel frame.

 

Stay tuned for Spring! We will be installing vertical garden modules in collaboration with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy in Brooklyn!

Shipping Container Green Roof

Greenlab installed a demonstration green roof on the Storage Container at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Salt Lot in the fall of 2011. We wanted to update on the progress since it is now the second season and very active! The roof is not irrigated but the bed is designed to hold water and slow release through the gabion - wood edge. The grasses and forbes did not survive through the first season, but the sedum are absolutely thriving! The sedum roof and honeybee hives at the Salt Lot are mutually benefiting each other - we love the fact that the green roof + gowanus compost + gowanus bee hives are making a complete cycle!

pollinators at work! 

pollinators at work! 

June 2013

June 2013

June 2013

June 2013

June 2013

June 2013

May 2013

May 2013

April 2013

April 2013

September 2011 - day of install! . We planted grasses, forbes and sedum.

September 2011 - day of install! . We planted grasses, forbes and sedum.

Chain Link Fence Solution

This weekend Greenlab led a green wall workshop with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy! I collaborated with Alexandria Donati on the design and planning of the gabion modules that are now adorning the chain link fence at the Salt Lot at the end of Second Avenue near the Gowanus Canal. With the help of 15+ volunteers we built and installed 30 modules! The modules are made from a wood, mesh and aluminum frame planted with sedum propagated from our green roof. The day was a huge success - now we need another June rain!

Gabion Module

Gabion Module

the assembly team at work

the assembly team at work

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assembly volunteer

module in progress

module in progress

install complete! 

install complete! 

Chain link solution

Chain link solution

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Brooklyn Flea Market

We have a space at the Saturday Fort Greene Flea for our tillandsia gardens! We are creating air plantscapes on reclaimed cedar fence pickets - just as they grow in their natural habitat. 

As long as we still have cedar we are in production - stop by and pick yours while our cedar supply lasts!

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Vertical Sedum Gardens

While on hiatus in Colorado, I was making hand made green wall modules from reclaimed cedar fence panels that were salvaged from my neighbor Pete's yard - they are great as single panels or can hang in a grid as shown. Manual irrigation required!

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