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So far Leigh Nicholson has created 74 blog entries.

Future proof your building for the anthropogenic era

By | 2019-04-27T13:44:50+00:00 April 27th, 2019|Blog|

In this time of climate change and increasing urban challenges, governments around the world are increasing the legislation  regarding the addition of greenery in urban areas. Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase human connectivity to the natural environment Defined by Edward O. Wilson as the “the innate tendency [...]

Why vertical gardens fail

By | 2019-04-27T12:49:27+00:00 April 27th, 2019|Blog|

Plants are somewhat like dogs, they ask for very little and they reward you with endless enjoyment. Plants only need the smallest amount of attention if you give them the right amounts of water, light and food. But if you deprive plants of any of these three requirements for an extended period of time, [...]

How to plant a Hanging Garden

By | 2019-04-11T09:29:11+00:00 April 11th, 2019|Blog|

Hanging Gardens are remarkably easy to install and plant up. Our vertical hanging gardens are ideal for hanging over fences, walls and balconies to create instant vertical gardens. Each garden has three removable felt pockets for your plants. The felt pockets make planting very easy, they retain moisture for the plants and make Hanging [...]

The Botany of Desire

By | 2019-04-10T11:18:50+00:00 April 10th, 2019|Blog|

Did you know that the human brain has a receptor for cannabis? According to Michael Pollan, in his delightful book "The Botany of Desire", cannabinoid receptors are found in vast numbers in the brain, immune and reproductive systems. The body produces a THC like chemical - anandamide (Sanskrit for inner bliss) which binds to [...]

Taking Stock

By | 2019-03-27T17:33:16+00:00 March 27th, 2019|Blog|

Year End for Plants All around, the plants are now preparing for the winter. This is their version of a year-end stock take and balance sheet. It has been a long summer, with periods of high temperatures and dry soils. Resources are thin in some areas. Leaves are tired and nutrients are being pulled [...]

Big World, Small Planet

By | 2018-10-12T14:44:38+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Blog|

Planetary Boundaries In 'Big World, Small Planet', Johan Rockstrom and Mattias Klum have encapsulated the shift from the comfortable Holocene age to the volatile Anthropocene age in a wonderful handbook for all those concerned about the future of humanity.  I urge all to read it. One fact the grabbed my attention is the statement [...]

Why soil based vertical gardens work best

By | 2019-04-27T12:52:59+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Blog|

In New Zealand, plants have evolved over millions of years to grow in tiny pockets of soil and many of our native plants simply grow in the trees. By replicating the natural environment and providing pockets of soil, Hanging Gardens provides great natural habitats for plants to grow in otherwise hostile environments. Using soil, [...]