WPC and Duquesne Light Install Vertical Garden in Downtown Pittsburgh

Tue, Jul 10th 2012, 10:23. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – July 10, 2012 –The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC), with financial and volunteer support from Duquesne Light Company, will install a vertical garden on the side of a building at 125 Seventh St. in downtown Pittsburgh. The garden wall, which will face north toward Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, will be planted on Friday, July 13 at 9 a.m.

“This installation provides a prototype for a trellis-style green wall that offers many benefits for an urban structure,” said Judy Wagner, senior director of WPC’s Community Gardens and Greenspace program. “In addition to a more pleasing appearance for certain urban walls, the trellis vines will shade the building in hot weather, reduce wind chill during winter, and in some cases absorb significant amounts of rainwater.”

Only the second green wall in downtown Pittsburgh, the vertical garden will grow from a 5-foot by 42-foot bed at the base of the wall up a metal trellis. The trellis is a system of wire mesh grids with enough space between the latticework to allow the plants to twist through it and grow upward. The bed is located in the adjacent parking lot, which is owned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Hydrangeas will grow at the base. Dutchman’s pipe, American bittersweet, virgin's bower and trumpet honeysuckle will all climb the trellis, eventually to a height of up to 50 feet. The vertical garden will be in full bloom by June 2013.

“Thanks to the generosity of Duquesne Light and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, we are able to demonstrate the potential of this type of green wall for use in a variety of urban spaces that could benefit from the lush and appealing look of greenery. A blank brick wall, once covered in faded advertising, will now offer a dynamic living display of color and texture and bloom through the year,” said Wagner.

The vertical garden adds to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s existing green infrastructure work throughout the City of Pittsburgh. For the fifth consecutive year, more than 400 planters filled with seasonal blooming plants line city streets—each replanted five times throughout the year with different displays of color and interest. More than 700 hanging baskets are also installed in downtown and in six Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

Additionally, since 2008, WPC has worked with 55 Pittsburgh public schools to design and implement low-maintenance green enhancements in the schools’ outdoor areas. WPC is also leading urban forestry efforts in the Pittsburgh region, spearheading the planting of more than 14,000 trees along streets and in parks since 2008.


About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, offering superior customer service and reliability to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 232,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 13,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

Media contact:
Eric Sloss
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2358



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