Bookworms Love the Vertical Garden
The new Library in Mackay features an Atlantis vertical garden that provides a stunning aesthetic to the foyer. The vertical garden provides a refreshing look that is adjacent to the escalators and enhances the mood of the library. The vertical garden covers an area of 30 square meters and contains over 400 plants.
Gro-Wall® 4.5 Technology
The system selected for the Mackay Library is the Atlantis Gro-Wall® 4.5 vertical garden system. This system provides 6.5 litres capacity of growing media for each plant. The system used specially designed growing media developed by our horticulturist that provides the system with a robust low maintenance and long term vertical garden installation. The Gro-Wall® 4.5 also provides the watering of each individual plant and the planter trays provides built in water reservoir and drainage that only removes excess water.
The installation was a methodical affair, commencing with the assembly of the Gro-Wall® 4.5 modules and the planting of the plants into the planter trays. The assembled modules were attached to the prepared wall and fixed into position. Then the irrigation lines were installed into each row and connected to the main water inlet lines.
The installation was easy and straight forward. The Gro-Wall® is a robust structure and the plants are easily accessible. The planter trays when inserted are securely locked in place. The large volume for the growing media is a plus especially for long term plant growth.
Next a drainage tray was installed at the base which fed into a drainage outlet. The irrigation system was test run to ensure all was working as intended. Then the cladding was installed on the sides of the vertical garden. Finally the plants were installed into their positions.