Wild Walls is a vertical gardening initiative that seeks to raise awareness of the green walling movement as well as beautify campus. We are currently in the process of building a five-part woolly pocket wall that will integrate environmental art projects and serve as home to herbs that students can take for free.
Last semester, we built a small succulent wall on campus. The response we received from the student body was incredible! Many students contacted Wild Walls to learn about how they could build their own vertical gardens. We hope that as we continue to construct walls, more and more students will learn about the importance of growing nourishing sites within constrained spaces.
MISTAKES & LESSONS LEARNED
Although we had recycled used pallets for our first wall, we found working with pallets to be very difficult. Many pallets are irregular and damaged from significant wear and tear. This semester, we are building the walls from scratch and it has been much easier to create a structure that supports the plants.
Our hope is to build vertical gardens throughout campus as well as to beautify fences (many woolly pockets can be attached to chain fences!) We would love to bring wild walls to various communities across Middletown.