PNC’s stunning “Living Wall”

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PNC Bank, the Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show, has demonstrated its environmental message at the Show with a 16-foot-high by 20-foot-wide “living wall” of plants and recycled materials.

The Flower Show wall, a collaboration with landscape designer Michael Petrie, owner of Handmade Gardens in Chester County, echoes PNC’s 2,380-square-foot green wall unveiled recently on the 30-story Pittsburgh headquarters of PNC Financial Services Group, which is the largest green wall in North America.

The living wall was constructed “as a collage of recycled materials, including metal road signs, galvanized roofing, old lumber, doors, windows and all kinds of found material,” explains Petrie. The wall contains an eclectic mix of plant material, such as ferns, succulents, vines, and bromeliads, “creating an effect of a 3D living wall of plants.”

PNC, which has been a lead sponsor of the Flower Show for 19 years, has more newly constructed buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council under its LEED program than any other company in the world, with 64 “Green Branch” locations and two office buildings.

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