GPGB Rockstars to Present Living Wall Session at 2014 ASLA

Green Plants for Green Buildings is proud to announce that two of its supporters will be presenting at the November 2014 ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Annual Expo in Denver, Co.  Kathryn O′Donnell of Botanicus and McRae Anderson, ASLA, CLP, of Greenwalls /Vertical Planting Systems represent two members of the three person panel.  They will be joined by Scott Mehaffey, FASLA, of Sage Vertical Garden Systems to round out the presentation.

The presentation titled: Green Wall Case Studies: Comparisons, Advantages, and Challenges focuses on research gathered from several different living wall installations, both indoor and outdoor.  Project studies varied in plant matter, climate, and rooting material.

In order to collect the information needed for this undertaking, O′Donnell partnered directly with the inventors, manufacturers, and plantscapers installing and maintaining green walls.  She created an in-depth survey that detailed the advantages and disadvantages of various green wall systems.

′The ASLA presentation will feature time lapse videos of various installations.  Attendees will be amazed at how beautiful and magnificent a green wall can be,′ said O′Donnell.

Rarely does ASLA accept just one presenter, which is why O′Donnell reached out to Anderson and Mehaffey to co-present on the panel.  O′Donnell herself has over 40 years experience in horticulture.  She is a past GPGB treasurer and board member.  O′Donnell has presented the information learned in GPGB’s Train the Trainer Seminar to nearly 200 plant specifiers in 2013, and received a Platinum Award in 2013 from GPGB for presenting Living Walls and Green Roofs.

Anderson, a past GPGB president, is the principal designer and founder of McCaren Designs, in addition to being President of Greenwalls Modular Planting Systems.  Anderson has long been considered an industry leader and innovator in the development and design of indoor plant displays and containers designer.

Prior to becoming the executive vice-president of Sage Vertical Garden Systems, Mehaffey was the landscape coordinator for the City of Chicago.  In his role at Sage Vertical Systems, Mehaffey oversees the operations and project development of hydroponic garden systems.

If you are attending the 2014 ASLA this November, be sure to catch this session scheduled for Friday, November 21, from 8:30-10:00 am.