As an apartment-dwelling, houseplant-lovin’ urbanite with windowsill space that’s pretty much reached maximum capacity, a cool new Kickstarter project called Urbio Vertical Gardens certainly has my full attention.

That said, I’ve always been slightly wary of vertical gardens. Although visually striking, many vertical garden systems seem to be geared for exterior spaces like patios because of their sometimes-unwieldy size and potential for messiness. I’ve yet to come across a truly apartment-friendly, modular vertical gardening system until Urbio came along (hat tip to Jetson Green).

Urbio Vertical Gardens — "a magnetic system that will help us transform any wall or ferrous surface into a beautiful vertical garden" — reminds me of Vitra’s lovely but spendy Uten Silo wall organizer but instead of one large wall panel, Urbio systems can be composed of multiple modular wall-mount plates so that a user can make their wall garden as large (and expensive) as they desire.

Or, for smaller displays of vertical greenery, one can opt to simply install Urbio’s “eco-plastic” pots directly to a wall. Each pot (small, medium, and large sized) is equipped with a super-strong neodymium magnet for instant attachment, no drill needed. Or you can use a wall-mount puck. The pucks can also be used to link the pots together for a cool looking table centerpiece.

To help San Francisco-based Urbio (a collaboration between Enlisted Design and Volare Studio) complete the “tooling portion” of the project and bring the product to market, Kickstarter donors will, naturally, receive their own Urbio Vertical Garden kits. To date, Urbio has raised $3,778 with a goal of reaching $15,000 within the next 33 days. Note that the project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is raised by May 10th so the clock is most certainly ticking.

A pledge of $20 or more will get you a Small Pot Kit (a small pot and a wall-mount puck); $40 will get you a Medium Pot Kit (a small pot, a medium pot, and three wall-mount pucks); those will pledge $80 will receive a Large Pot Kit (two small pots, two medium pots, and six wall-mount pucks); for $120 you get a Medium Wall Mount Kit (two small pots, two medium pots, four wall-mount plates, and four wall-mount pucks); and those will pledge over $200 will receive a Large Wall Mount Kit that includes four small pots, three medium pots, one large pot, nine wall-mount plates, and six wall-mount pucks.
Head on over to Urbio’s Kickstarter page to learn more about the system itself and how you can help fund the project. Here’s hoping we’ll see Ubrio Vertical Gardens on the market sooner than later.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Urbio: Urban vertical gardening ... magnets included
Help bring Urbio Vertical Gardens, a minimalist, magnet-based gardening system for space-starved urbanites, to life by donating to the project's Kickstarter pag