Moore in America, Orchid Daze, the Southern Seasons Garden, as well as the new additions: Cascades Garden, Storza Woodland Gardens, and the Edible Garden. He is an Associate with MESA Design Associates in Dallas, Texas and leads the firm’s Public Garden Studio. With degrees in both horticulture and landscape architecture, he possesses a unique combination of artistic sensibility and plant knowledge. One of Tres’ favorite parts of leading the design team for the Edible Garden was envisioning the living Herb Wall which he writes about below.
Functional Aspects of the Herb Wall
The Herb Wall is an iconic element of the Edible Garden. It is also one of the most practical components and serves several important functions. The planters holding the living part of the Wall hang on a CMU (concrete masonry unit or cinder block) wall. The height and thickness of the Wall deflect noise and exhaust from the greenhouse fans behind the Edible Garden. Without the barrier the Garden would be a noisier and windier place. The Wall is a perfect example of creatively turning a necessity into an asset.
Imagine a living canvas approximately 55 feet long and nine feet tall! The possibilities seemed endless, until we decided the plants had to meet three major criteria. One, they had to be evergreen so the wall looked good in winter. Two, the plants had to be edible or culinary. Three, they had to be low growing and respond well to regular shearing since we wanted to maintain the Wall as a “flat” surface. Being clip-able also assures raw ingredients for the many cooking programs.