Far Out Flora

Thigmotrope Vertical Garden


Flora Grubb Vertical Wall

Flora Grubb Living Wall

Flora Grubb Gardens updated the look of their impressive woolly pocket wall last week.  You can see how it looked last spring above. It’s always good to freshen things up.  Their new transformation is pretty sweet…vertical garden on one side and Thigmotropes on the other.  Thigmotrope?  It’s their clever new way to mount Tillandsias on your wall.

Setting up the wall

Setting up the wall

I was without the good camera so I busted out the iPhone. Dead center is where that original wall garden hung. Here you can see them fork lifting the bones for the new wall garden into place…detail below.

New Wall Set up

New Wall Set up

Filling in the Verical Wall

Filling in the Garden Wall

After getting the bones in place, some of the Flora Grubb gurus got to work planting the shady side reusing the woolly pocket planters from the original hanging wall.

Filling in the garden wall

Filling in the garden wall

Shady side complete

Shady side in progress

Man, it’s a treat to watch pros at work. Lots of Philodendrons and ferns were incorporated taking advantage of the lack of direct sunlight.

Vertical wall Complete

Living Garden Complete

More or less…the woolly pocket wall was finished. How keen of them to build a window in the middle.

Front of the new vertical wall

Front of the new installation

Okay, here’s where it get even cooler. On the front of the structure, they inaugurated their newly released Thigmotrope Satellite. These metal guys are a fun way to display your Tillandsias on the wall. Good news for those of us who are running out of flat space in our homes.  BTW, Tillandsias (aka Air Plants) are a great plant for those that have challenges keeping plants alive.

Thigmotropes installed with Tillandsias

Thigmotropes installed with Tillandsias

I promised to bring the good camera with me soon to Flora Grubb to get some better pics.  Seeing it completed…all I can say is the Thigmotrope rocks!  Great work guys.

— Far Out Flora


  1. Very nice! The Flora Grubb Woolly Pocket wall was my inspiration for building (a much smaller) one in my house. I can’t wait to see it in person. That window in the center is a stroke of genius.

    • Derek… you’re spot on when it comes to the window. Architectural pieces like that add an unexpected bit of interest that makes everything surrounding it more appealing. I’ve been watching Flora’s space for the last few years, their work is my inspiration.

  2. Wow, loved this! I’ve seen photos of this store before and find it fascinating. Do you work here?

  3. Oooo… so fun. I can’t wait to come down and check it ou.

  4. What a great place to work. I think I would spend my paycheck buying stuff there. Love the new wall. Both sides are amazing!

  5. No having enough conventional space, a friend of mine has created a vertical garden which she calls her “Upwards Garden”. It’s an amazing sight to behold but rather scary to watch her balancing on a tall ladder when working on her plants.

    This Flora Grubb Garden sure looks interesting and so creative too. I’ll make it a point to visit next time I’m in the Bay Area.

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