Green wall for Houston Makerspace


This was a project for Houston Makerspace. HMS is a great operation for people who want to try their hand at all kinds of different crafts in a communal setting. “It’s like a gym membership for makers,” they say.

This was my one of my favorite projects, in part because I love the idea of the organization, and also because I was given complete creative freedom to do whatever I wanted to fill this huge, blank warehouse wall. The only directive was to make it lush. Literally, lush AF. I won’t spell that acronym out here.

The cans I used as planters were free from a local recycling plant. The lumber, conduit, dimmer switches, logs for perching air plants, and most of the bulbs were found at less than half the usual cost at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The only brand-new components were the electrical wiring and hardware, and the pipe bender I used on the conduit’s ends. The branches at the end came from a few crape myrtles we had to remove at another project.

The plants on the top three rows were herbs, the very bottom row was full with low-maintenance house plants, and I arranged a few succulent- and tillandsia-filled pots on the sides (I kind of love making hardy succulent arrangements).

This wall was a donation, so I was challenged to be as thrifty as possible and I did the work in my spare time. And of course, being my first green wall ever, it wasn’t perfect.

I learned first-hands that soil doesn’t do so well indoors, so I worked to make it an aquaponics system. We built a reservoir where the crates were – a wooden box to match the aesthetic, with a pond liner sealed around the top. We started running fill and drain lines.

We didn’t get to transition it completely before they moved. Regardless, this wall was a really fun, creative experience for me, and I’m super grateful to Houston Makerspace for the opportunity.