A Living Wall for Bruichladdich Distillery
Bruichladdich, the Progressive Hebridean Distillery located in the Isle of Islay in Argyll has included a living wall in their fantastic shop which sells World renowned Whiskies and the infamous Botanist Gin.
Scotscape installed this 21.5m2 interior living wall in just 2 days, helping to create a wow factor and following Bruichladdich’s philosophy for using edible plants sourced from the Hebridean landscape to bring unique flavour to their delicious premium gin.
‘We spend a lot of our energy trying to get people to look again, more closely, at their environment. We found lots of edible plants with generous flavours and aromas right on our doorstep; those are what we captured when making the gin first in 2010. They aren’t rare plants or unique to Islay, some of them are ‘weeds’, some are garden escapees, but as ingredients, they’re elevated – we think quite rightly! It’s just making people see greenery in a more nuanced and valued way. We’re not saying everyone should become a fulltime forager, but we’ve long encouraged people around the world to get outside more and do a foraging walk just for the revelation of how much edible stuff is out there, or to bring plants inside their bars and homes so as to be able to do some picking themselves for drinks-making and garnishing, because this is a very tangible first step towards a meaningful interaction. We want people to see themselves and ‘nature’ in the same frame. The living wall of course is a different level of appreciation!’
Alisa Hayes – Bruichladdich
Scotscape have welcomed the opportunity to work with Bruichladdich to create this living wall, which captures the Bruichladdich philosophy so well. The planting plan for this wall features a blended organic design that incorporates lush verdant planting with purple accent tones with the Islands location to inspire a wave form consisting of the ‘blue star’ fern which gives a distinct dimension to the composition. All species are blended proportionally across the various zones so that not one species dominates the palette, thus allowing for a natural aesthetic.