Living Wall of Plants Installed at University of New England, Brings the Outdoors In

Sourced from News Center Maine

Across the state buds are sprouting and the earth is thawing into a warm green landscape. It is finally spring in Maine and that means anyone with a pulse is itching to be outdoors.

But for students at the University of New England, the outdoors are coming into them.

Plantwerks recently installed one of the largest living walls at the new Student Commons Building in Biddeford. In an almost quilted design, 960 plants cascade 400 square feet down a large wall in the middle of the student center. The vibrant design of green plants is made up of five different varieties of tropical shrubs.

Lynn Petty is an interior landscape designer for the Salisbury, Massachusetts-based business. Petty says the installment at UNE is one of the largest in Maine and the first at a college or university for the company.

The company installs the living walls primarily in businesses and in both old and new buildings. The plants are great for air quality, Petty says, as they purify the air but they do so much more.

“So we're finding that [the plants] increase productivity, it will help the students study, it will help them relax, it will rejuvenate them and calm them," Petty says.

Petty says there are a lot of studies that show the advantages of biophilic design.

Biophilia is the idea that our mental and physical well being is directly tied to our connection with nature, light, and vegetation.

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