This Blog is the place to gain a better understanding of living structures such as green walls or living walls, their definitions, benefits and research that is driving the niche. I am always talking about "the question" - why would you choose a solid wall with no possibility for green-space and habitat, when you can have a "living wall" which brings so many benefits to a project and our environment?
Revisiting the Boschert Greenway Living Wall
We returned to the newly constructed living retaining wall a couple weeks after the Ribbon Cutting of the Boschert Greenway in St. Charles, MO. The living wall, located just off of Highway 370 near the Missouri River, was planted with an assortment of native plants like Black Eyed Susan, Prairie Dropseed, Wild Strawberry and Virginia Creeper.
The plugs, planted this growing season, seem to be establishing very well given the unfavorably dry weather.
Just below the Boschert Greenway sign, prairie grasses and wildflowers get their footing within the SmartSoxx growing media. Small patches of brown grass can be seen; these are what's left of the short-term cover crop planted last fall.
Black Eyed Susan has begun flowering prolifically all over the wall!
The flowering plants are already attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies.
A bumblebee seems to enjoy what this living wall has to offer!
Feel free to drive by the Boschert Greenway living wall along Highway 370 (near the 5th St overpass) and give us some feedback. What do you think?