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Not your average wall planter: Anne Arundel businesses partner to sell green walls

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Chuck Goodman said his architecture firm is always looking for the latest developments in the industry to offer clients.

The most recent: a wall of plants.

“They’re beautiful,” he said. “It’s going to be right when you come into the door. We think it makes a statement to what we’re committed to in sustainable design.”

The CR Goodman Associates founder said the green wall will be installed in the firm’s Annapolis office in about a month. And the wall won’t be just an aesthetic statement — it will also filter air.

The company was the primary architect for Anne Arundel Medical Center for the last 20 years, using Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.

Cindy Shuart, owner of Harmony Gardens in Annapolis, said the interior green walls improve air quality, reduce noise, regulate temperature, save energy and qualify for LEED credits.

“I feel like it’s the natural progression of where indoor plants should be moving to,” Shuart said. “We’re getting them off the floor and we’re putting them on the wall.”

Ray Greenstreet, of Greenstreet Growers in Lothian, approached Shuart at the beginning of the year with the idea and the two businesses partnered to sell them locally, she said. Greenstreet and Shuart are horticulturists in the interior plant-scaping industry, which puts plants in office buildings and malls, she said. Read Full Article