UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

  • Greenwall Classroom
  • Building the UWRF Greenwall
  • Building the UWRF Greenwall
  • Students in Greenwall Classroom

Greenwall Research at the Minnesota State Fair

What is a greenwall?

A greenwall is an indoor or outdoor vertical vegetation system, often affixed to a wall or structure. They range in size from as small as a picture frame to as large as the side of an entire building. 

UWRF Living greenwall in classroom

How do greenwalls work?

Plants are affixed to a structure and watered from the top of the wall, often using a drip irrigation system. Excess water is caught in a basin and recirculated through a pump system. The greenwall in this exhibit utilizes foam panels and a grid system to hold the plants in free standing modules attached to plastic panels. 

Diagram of Greenwall

Where are greenwalls found?
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Restaurants
  • Office buildings
  • Airports
  • And many more locations!

Like, at the new Minnesota Vikings's stadium (photo by Sonja Maki)

Living Wall at stadium
What are the benefits of a greenwall?
  • Purify air through absorption of carbon dioxide and noxious gases
  • Promote a sense of well being
  • Reduce noise pollution 
  • Cool the air around them
  • Foster biophilia-the love of life and living systems 
Plants in the UWRF Greenwall Exhibit
UWRF Greenwall Exhibit Plants
Educational Activites and Information for K-12

American Society of Plant Biologists -- K-12 resources vetted by the plant science community

For activities that fit especially well into exisiting K-12 classroom units so busy teachers can add a dash of thoughtful plant biology to their exisiting plans. The ASPB is a professional society devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences.  

 

Amber Waves, The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources and Rural America -- A publication of the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service

Amber Waves showcases the full range of Economic Research Service research and analysis on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America.

 

Choices Magazine -- A publication of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

Choices provides peer-reviewed articles exploring the economic implications of current food, farm, resource or rural community issues.

 

Seed Your Future, Promoting Horticulture in the United States 

Seed Your Future is a movement that seeks to excite youth about careers in horticulture by putting a human face on our core beliefs: horticulture is universal, and above all, horticulture is life.

 

More information on greenwall research:

UWRF Greenwall Research

 

More information on greenwalls:

Green Plants for Green Buildings

McCaren Designs, Inc.

National Foliage Foundation

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