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Grow Flowers Right On Your House With This Clever Invention

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Having a garden is much more than simply having something pretty to look at. It’s a way to connect with nature even when you can’t leave the city or the suburbs.

Gardens are also a way to experience the magic of growing things and a great learning tool for people of all ages. Not to mention, they can provide fresh, healthy food — and a lot of fun — for weeks on end. We’ve seen it happen in real life, like in a garden in Harlem that taught young kids about nutrition and about valuing their own handiwork.

But not everyone has the ability to have a garden. If you live in an apartment, you might not have much more than a windowsill to work with.

And while tiny houses and mobile homes are gaining popularity, they don’t always come with garden-friendly spaces, either.

So does that mean that only certain people can have gardens? Not is Korean design firm OA: Lab has anything to say about it!

They’ve developed a way to garden anywhere, no matter how little yard space you might have. All you need is an outdoor wall that gets enough sun, and you’re good to go.

How does it work? Read on to see how it’s done!

[H/T: My Modern Met, Contemporist]

The idea for this design came when the designers and architects at OA:Lab noted that while plants and flowers brought a lot of cheer to houses, buildings, and even entire neighborhoods, many buildings had no place to put them.

There were no balconies, window ledges, or any place for some plants to lend their cheerful green to the landscape.

So they came up with the Pocket Panel.

OK, we know. Without the plants, they look a little like urinals. But don’t worry. With the addition of the plants, they look much better, and create a beautiful living wall of flowers and plants.

The Pocket Panels attach to the wall of a building, and they’re made of fiberglass-reinforced concrete for strength and durability. The seedlings are planted in the pockets, which also feature a small opening at the bottom for drainage.

And as the plants grow, they transform a plain wall into a growing and colorful one.

Any kind of greenery can be installed, depending on the climate, so the possibilities are endless. You can even create an edible garden!

The panels can also be arranged in various patterns, so they can form a visually pleasing design, too.

This project is currently in progress, and the team hopes to see them installed on buildings of all kinds soon.

It’s a great way to add a splash of color to a neighborhood, and plants also improve air quality!

They would also be great ways for urban schools and community centers to offer gardening and food education without taking up too much space.

Do you think this is the gardening of the future? Let us know in the comments!

And if your know someone with a green thumb, be sure to SHARE this cute, growing invention with them!