California poppies and spring onions on roof



VLILW – Very Large Internal Living Wall Installed



We are very happy to announce the installation of the first Very Large Internal Living Wall at the University of Greenwich. This is just in time for the opening of the Architecture and Landscape and CPDA exhibitions on Wednesday 15th of June.  The living wall has kindly been donated and installed by NEMEC, a company from the Czech Republic and will be used for research purposes. It is well documented that indoor plants improve air quality and the wellbeing of people especially in the work place. Amongst other things we will be testing a variety of plants for suitability and their effects on air quality, noise as well as people’s attitudes to living walls. The planting design was done by Shelley Mosco (an A&L staff member who has designed numerous living walls across the UK, as well as America, Europe, and UAE) and many landscape and architecture students helped with the installation, for which we are very grateful.  A special thanks to Nic Clear, Greg Sporton, Neil Spiller and FM for their support. Any questions please contact Benz Kotzen and/or Shelley Mosco at

Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre:

NEMECcropped-img_341520copy-2.jpgCascade Garden:


Size: 20m2 (4 metres tall x 5 metres wide.)

System Type: Modular, regular horticultural compost with added vermiculite.

Irrigation: Automatic top up system. Approximate daily water usage 0.1 litre / per square meter, thus 2 litres per day

Lighting:    Horticultural halogen / red & green spectrum.

Plants: There are approximately 700 plants; 16 different plant species.


Scientific Name Common Name
Aglaonema ‘Butterfly’ Chinese evergreen ‘Butterfly’
Alocasia ‘Polly’ Elephant’s ear / African mask
Anthurium andraeanum ‘Almera Rood’ Flamingo flower
Asplenium nidus Bird’s nest fern
Chamaedorea elegans Dwarf mountain palm
Chlorophytum capense ‘Green’ Bracket plant
Cissus alata ‘Ellen Danica’ Grape ivy ‘Ellen Danica’
Coffea arabica Arabica coffee
Peperomia caperata ‘Rosso’ Radiator plant ‘Rosso’
Peperomia rotundifolia var. rotundifolia Radiator plant
Philodendron scandens Heart leaf
Polystichum tsussimense Korean rock fern
Spathiphyllum ‘Alana’ Peace lily
Stromanthe ‘Horticolor’ Prayer plant
Tradescantia zebrina Silver inch plant
Zamioculcas zamiifolia Fern arum