|The green wall at Longo's supermarket in downtown Toronto|
Until then I'd thought green aka living walls were the sole preserve of more upmarket establishments - like the one at the Athenaeum hotel I visited last year - rather than everyday supermarkets. I think it's a wonderful way of thanking customers for their visit and it gave us something pleasant to look at whilst we waited at the checkout.
It was the first time I'd seen one indoors too. This one's in the supermarket's basement - a surprising location until you realise a lot of shopping in Toronto is conducted underground owing to Canada's severe winters. Longo's green wall won an award in 2011 and its location means it's lit artificially. I haven't been able to find out if a particular type of lighting is used to help the plants thrive.
Back home, I filed the subject of green walls away under 'too expensive to catch on' and 'something that's done better in Canada'. However, when I posted a photo of a bench at Charing Cross recently, I linked to the 150 great things about the Underground website, and found a 'you may also like this' link which made me think again.
Item number 39 on that website is the wall of plants at Edgware Road, an everyday kinda place like my Canadian supermarket. A quick google later, and I found all kinds of green walls have popped up in the last few years, and in lots of different places.
I'm off to London for a couple of days, where I'm going to photograph some of the green walls I've found online. I'll post these in my new Great Green Wall Hunt series, which will also look at the types of green wall out there and their benefits.
I can't possibly find and photograph them all, so feel free if you want to join in the Hunt with a blog post of your own. Let me know if you do :)