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Woolly Pockets' modular Living Wall Planter gets makeover
Although Woolly Pockets' original soft-sided containers for vertical gardening have amassed quite the greenthumbed fan club, the company is now releasing a hard plastic version in order to reach a larger audience.
Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM
Photo: Woolly Pockets via Los Angeles Times
Now, Miguel and Rodney Nelson's fuzzy and felt-like indoor-outdoor planters for vertical gardening
are going hard. Real hard. In early October, Woolly Pockets will release a hard plastic, self-watering version of Wally, the company’s signature Living Wall Planter that’s essentially a hanging fabric “nest” for flora.
This may seem surprising for a company that’s initial claim to fame is its versatile planting systems that are, well, a bit on the woolly side. However, as Miguel Nelson explains to the L.A. Times
, the Living Wall Planter makeover sprung from customer feedback: “As strange as it may sound, many of our garden center customers actually wished Wally looked more like a planter. That was a tough one for us to swallow, but we finally realized that in order to truly inspire the world to have more fun with plants, we needed to offer styles that suited more of the world.”
The "totally reimagined" Living Wall Planters debuted last month
at Chicago’s Independent Garden Center Show
garden guru Ramon Gonzalez was on the scene
to check them out, noting that he himself owns a couple of the original soft-sided Wally planters, but has never used them for their intended purpose because they are “too nice” for outdoor use and that he’s scared to use them indoors out of fear of making a mess.
As mentioned, the new Living Wall Planters include a self-watering reservoir and are designed to be easier to hang and maintain than the original. They’re made from BPA-free plastic and available in a range of colors including white, black, brown, gray, green, orange, and yellow (the darker-colored planters are made from 100 percent recycled plastic while the lighter-colored ones are made from 50 percent recycled plastic). Like its fore-Wally (which isn’t going anywhere, by the way), the new planter will also be made domestically.
The sticker price? $26.99 — a bit cheaper than the original Living Wall Planters (sans the "Mini Wally").
Any users of the original Living Wall Planters care to chime in on the new development? Did you have issues — particularly watering-related — with the soft-sided Wally models? And if you've never checked out the Woolly Pocket website
before and are curious about vertical and/or modular container gardening, it's certainly worth a look with a robust how-to section
, video selection
, and "inspiration gallery
;" a webstore
; and a special microsite dedicated to educational gardening in the classroom called the Woolly Garden School
Via [L.A. Times] [TreeHugger]
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