Inner Fire Fitness
4th and Race, Downtown Cincinnati
Completed November 2016.
We are very proud of this 115 Sq ft Installation as it is our first chance to display our work in a public setting. The reception we received from the community while constructing this living wall was spectacular and inspiring.
The wall is located in the playground next to Findlay market. While installing, kids from the 8 story brick H shaped housing unit, which towers over the playground, insisted on investigating each different type of plant. They remarked on how it beautiful they plants were and how “it feels like we are in the jungle!”
Over the course of the 2 day installation dozens of children (some watching baby siblings) came down to the playground to see what was being built literally in their back yard. Once we completed the kids pleaded us to install the wall permanently, which we will try to accomplish but may not be possible…. Although they might be more upset about not getting to hang out with Lily and Tyler (mostly lily).
It feels amazing to be able to give back to the community with this installation. Even if it is only up for a few days, we hope to continue to inspire and show the beautiful side of sustainability.
The Howlett Hall Living Wall installation is a collaboration between Urban Blooms and The OSU Student Organization SEEDS. A sustainability study will be conducted by taking temperature readings on the south facing brick facade, both behind the living wall and on the brick adjacent to the wall. With data from this study it will be possible to calculate the energy saving potential of living walls in both summer and winter months.
Living Wall Side View
This installation features 115 plants from 11 different species, the plants were selected based on their drought tolerant qualities and their preference for full sun.
The wall is located adjacent the Howlett Hall Green Roof, by Higher Ground LLC, on Ohio State’s Agricultural Campus.
The East End Veterans Memorial Garden (EEVMG) is located directly behind Eli’s BBQ on Riverside Dr. This garden houses, Harvesting Heroes, one of only three Veteran Horticultural Therapy Programs in the country. Harvesting Heroes is a partnership between: The Cincinnati VA, The Domiciliary for Homeless Veterans, EEVMG, Urban Blooms, Turner Farms, The City of Cincinnati, Ohio State Hamilton Country Horticulture Extension Office, and Cincinnati State. The EEVMG also is home over over 125 fruit trees, making it the largest public orchard in Cincinnati.
Every Thursday a bus full of veterans in the substance abuse or PTSD rehabilitation programs comes down to the EEVMG. While at the garden, veterans are taught various lessons relating to horticulture, while also learning and relaxing through “hands in the dirt” gardening projects.
The EEVMG also offers unique volunteer opportunities for students, civic organizations, and religious groups. This summer groups ranging from UC Faculty members, and Xavier Students, to Crossroads Volunteer Groups have all came to EEVMG to help prep for the growing season.
In order to finance operations, EEVMG sells Peach, Cherry, Apple, and Pear trees to individuals and community organizations. The garden also sells peppers, herbs, and spring mix to local restaurants all within walking distance of the garden.
On April 10th we embarked on our first attempt at a crowd funded community improvement project. The Hilltop Community and Learning Garden Kickstarter Campaign was launched with a goal of $5,000 to supplement funding secured through various grants and support from our partners.