Sourced from Green Matters
The great thing about green or “living” walls is they can grow just about anywhere. Architects have added them to the sides of libraries, schools, cafes, and public buildings in dozens of different countries, and they provide serious benefits to the public. Plants purify the air around us by eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs), while simultaneously improving our mood with their beauty.
Here are eight gorgeous examples from around the world, which you can visit yourself on your next vacation.
Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)
The historic Longwood Gardens are home to the largest green wall in North America. Measuring 14 feet high and 300 feet long, the wall contains 47,000 plants, which are fed through drip irrigation. Thanks to all this flora, visitors enjoy cleaner air and something pretty to look at while they wait for the restroom — there are 17 bathroom pods spaced between the panels of this green wall.
Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana (Mexico City, Mexico)
Mexico City has spent the past few years building gardens wherever it can, in hopes that the extra greenery will combat the city’s air pollution problem. You’ll find a lot of these gardens on the roofs of hospitals and government buildings, but there’s also the occasional wall, like this sloping, multi-toned installation along the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana.