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Living Wall Is Part of Horticultural Therapy Program

The "Show" Room, a plant-filled place of respite at the Alice and Herbert Sachs Therapeutic Conservatory in a Philadelphia suburb, features a green wall, a water wall, daylighting, natural cedar trim, natural teak furnishings, potted plants, and accessible raised planting beds.


The Alice and Herbert Sachs Therapeutic Conservatory at the main campus of MossRehab in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, features an 84-square-foot green wall (12 feet wide x 7 feet tall) installed with the LiveWallA(R) Indoor Living Wall System. MossRehab is the physical and cognitive rehabilitation division of the Einstein Healthcare Network.

The Conservatory provides a dedicated space for their horticultural therapy program, which helps patients advance their rehabilitation goals through gardening activities.

Designed by Chianis + Anderson Architects, PLLC from Binghamton, New York, the 1,500-square-foot Conservatory is divided into three connected sections. "Work" (440 square feet) includes a work table and storage cabinets. "Grow" and "Show" are housed within a greenhouse structure. The Grow Room (530 square feet) is a working greenhouse. It provides a bright and airy space where horticultural therapists engage patients in gardening activities designed to help them achieve therapeutic treatment goals.

The Show Room (530 square feet) is a plant-filled place of respite. In addition to the green wall, it includes a water wall, daylighting, natural cedar trim, natural teak furnishings, potted plants, and accessible raised planting beds.

"The Show Room was designed as a sun filled, relaxing and rejuvenating green space - a retreat from the hospital environment," said Craig Sieving, vice president, facilities administration, Einstein Healthcare Network. "As its name suggests, it is also the showcase of the Conservatory. The green wall complements the water wall to create the central showpiece of this section."

"In the design of the Show Room, we wanted to screen a large masonry wall," said Jeffery T. Smith, AIA, NCARB, architect and partner at the architecture firm. "The green wall serves that function. It also provides a strong visual impact in relationship with the water wall and adds another garden element and more plants without taking up precious floor space."

The wall was engineered with horticultural and structural features specific for indoor and outdoor environments by the same experts who created the LiveRoofA(R) Green Roof System. "More than a decade ago, we installed (this manufacturer's) green roof on a different facility. Our experience gave us confidence in (their green wall)," said Sieving.

"(The wall) is a modular system that can be installed with full-grown plants," said Smith. "It is engineered with structural and mechanical features that help plants thrive in the greenhouse structure."

"Our patients in horticultural therapy and volunteers care for the plants on the wall," said Anne Wieland, CTRS, MHA, team leader, recreation therapy department, MossRehab. "With the ruggedness of its structural materials and the ease of changing out the modular planters, (it) has proven to be a practical and durable green wall system."



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