Planted Living Walls

Name of Event: "Planted Living Walls~ their benefits, challenges, and maintenance in our demanding Michigan climate."

Sponsoring Organization: Hardy Plant Society--Great Lakes Chapter

Date: March 13, 2017

Start Time: 7 pm

End Time: unspecified

Location : Birmingham Congregational Church, 1000 Cranbrook Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Description of the Event: 

Speaker: Dave MacKenzie

HPS Members: Free, Guests: $5
All are welcome!

While their use is increasingly rapidly, planted walls are only in their infancy—at least compared to Europe. Over there, particularly in Germany, France and Switzerland, planted walls are popping up all over. In this presentation Dave MacKenzie will talk about the "benefits and value", including economic, social, environmental, nutritional and human-health, of putting plants on walls. He will dig deep into the horticultural aspects of making them work in northern climates, and will discuss soil, plant selections, plant-pairing, and how to care for them. Included in his presentation are ideas for "good design" and how to avoid common mistakes—valuable information gleaned from testing hundreds of plants and figuring out what it takes to be successful in our ever-changing Michigan climate.

Speaker Biography:

Dave MacKenzie is owner and president of Hortech, Inc., LiveRoof, LLC, and LiveWall, LLC. Hortech is an innovative west Michigan nursery business that specializes in problem solving perennial plants—including ground covers, vines, ferns and grasses. Throughout Dave's career he has been an author, speaker, and product developer. His LiveRoof green roof system has greened more than seven million square feet of rooftops and is used locally and globally. More recently he has developed the LiveWall system, a unique product for greening vertical surfaces, LiveWall has been featured in Grand Rapid's ArtPrize during 2013 and 2014 and each time placed in the top 25. Currently it is being used locally and abroad to provide unique value in offices, healthcare, education, and other commercial and consumers, healthcare, education, and other commercial and consumer applications.

Education Credit Hours: Please check with your Extension Agent

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