Sustainable urban gardening

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In the Dome of Visions, we have created an experimental environment for urban gardening, where we test different plant species, technology and innovations together with Plantagon and Vertical Plants System. Vertical Plants system designs plant walls and delivers plants and insects adapted for Dome of Visions.

The choice of plants has largely been decided based on their edibility. Trees include fruit trees, such as apple, plum and apricot. Fruit trees also have an aesthetic function as they provide beautiful blossom in the spring and offer plenty of greenery and shade as the year progresses.

During the winter months, the green walls are responsible for most of the greenery in the room. Winter-green plants, such as ivy, provides color on the walls, together with summer-green species. Progressively, the walls will exhibit a rich variation. During the spring and summer, clematis will flower and then the walls will become an earthier green with Virginia creeper and ivy. During the autumn, the Virginia creeper will turn red.

The raised beds contain herbs, vegetables and berries. In the spring, strawberries, raspberries and tomatoes will flower before they are harvested in the summer. In late summer, sweet pepper will be harvested and in the autumn artichokes. Certain species can overwinter, others are sown again each spring.

Plantagon is a world-leader in urban farming and builds urban gardening systems that use a small area to support a growing population. Plantagon’s systems minimize the need for land, water, energy, pesticides and transportation. Vertical Plants System constructs living green walls and supplies plants and insects suitable for these systems.

The berries, fruit, vegetables and spices grown in the Dome of Visions are used in the restaurant by Chalmers konferens and are partly used in the food served in the Dome of Visions.