September 1st, 2013 by Mark Laurence

I came across some interesting vertical greening at Borough Market recently, in a glazed atrium/entrance space called the Market Hall which served as a place for people to relax, sit and eat.

Borough_Market-1

Hop Plants in containers

Hop Plants in containers

The plants were obviously chosen for their connections with food, so the climbers were hops (used mostly for beer making) and there were an array of edibles in pots which spiraled up around metal columns; mind you, I wouldn’t like the job of watering, as there did not appear to be any automatic irrigation fitted.  Olive trees were fitted into various seating units.

It made for a lively space and was an created in conjunction with Natural England and Bankside Urban Forest.  I will be interested to see how the hops will do over time, not being in a fully outdoor environment, and I imagine they will still lose their leaves during winter, as it is (I presume) an unheated space.  It always has to be accepted that plants used in close urban environments might be shorter-lived and require more care than in more natural circumstance, but I think that just goes with urban living.

A great initiative, let’s see more such spaces where people get close contact and interaction with plants.

Posted in Biophilia, Edible Planting, Indoor Plants, Sustainability Tagged with: , , , ,