Vertical Array Patents (Class 47/83)
  • Patent number: 9380751
    Abstract: A vertical hydroponic plant production apparatus for allowing vertical hydroponic greenhouse crop production is provided. The apparatus comprises a hollow grow tube having a front face, a back face, an open first end, and an open second end. A slot is formed in the front face of the grow tube with the slot having a width equal to only a portion of a width of the front face. A media material is insertable into the grow tube. The slot allows the front face to expand outward during insertion of the media material and biased inward against the media material once the media material is inserted. The grow tube is positionable in either a horizontal position, vertical position, or any position between the horizontal position and the vertical position allowing inclined, multi-angled crop production and multi-storied conveyor style crop production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: 9253949
    Abstract: A plant cultivating pot is disclosed. The pot has top and bottom wall spaced apart by a sidewall or panel. The cross-section of the top is larger than the bottom wall so that the sidewall is inwardly sloped from the bottom wall to the top. Openings in the sidewall provide points for planting a plant in media for supporting plant growth from within the interior volume of the body of the pot. The increasing cross-section of the pot from the top to the bottom maximizes exposure of each plant to sunlight. A frusto-pyramidal shaped, non-woven geotextile material provides an optimal shape and material for the body of the pot for growing strawberries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Gardens Alive!, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Harmer
  • Patent number: 9210846
    Abstract: A vertical gardening system includes at least one sheet of geosynthetic material hung generally vertically, and forming vertical channels extending top to bottom of the sheet on a rear side and including a plurality of small upwardly-open individual pockets on a front side and growing medium on both sides of the at least one sheet and located in both the channels and the pockets. A related method includes providing a portable stand and supporting on the stand a sheet with vertical channels and pockets as defined above, growing plants in the pockets with their roots extending into the channels, and moving the stand to promote plant growth, including one of moving the stand to orient the plants toward sunlight during daylight, or moving the stand between a first location of optimal sunlight and a second location of optimal protection against freezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph P. VanLente
  • Patent number: 9015991
    Abstract: Embodiments include but are not limited to modular living wall systems. A module of a modular living wall system may include a frame including a plurality of rails, each rail coupled to another rail by their respective ends, and a fabric arrangement mounted onto the frame and including a first fabric and a second fabric overlaying the first fabric, wherein the first fabric is a hydrophilic mat, and wherein the second fabric includes at least one opening exposing the first fabric and configured to receive a plant. The living wall system includes integrated irrigation. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: VeraWall, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Heather
  • Patent number: 9010022
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for growing plants in vertical stacks by providing vertically stacked, interconnected pairs of plant platforms and light trays carrying growth promoting light sources. Each light tray is suspended below the underside of the next above plant platform. The stack is vertically raised in succession whereby the plant platforms are suspended and vertically spaced from each other. Thereafter, plants are placed between suspended platforms under the light trays which are regulating during periods of plant growth and non-growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Terrasphere Systems LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Gordon Brusatore
  • Patent number: 8984808
    Abstract: A vertical planting tray comprising a plurality of substantially horizontal shelves held together by outer side walls and a plurality of vertical struts located therebetween with the struts connected to and supporting the shelves, the struts being substantially thin and narrow an defining a plurality of planting stations with the horizontal shelves in which vertical plants may be grown. The substantial open wall structure between stations permits improved plant performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Plant Connection, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa Daniels, Anthony Caggiano, John Matolka
  • Patent number: 8978300
    Abstract: A plant pot adapted to be stacked geometrically within a lateral 180° radial array with one or more other similar plant pots in tiered alignment offset one level to the next. A back wall (1) of the pot is adapted to be received and interlock with an multi-channelled elongated supporting stem (9) and connector (28B) which are adapted to fastened to any vertical or near vertical surface. The stem (9) has a centrally located hollow channel (22) to receive the connector (28B) located partially within its top and/or bottom portions to connect two or more stems (9) allowing a continuance of plant pots supported in a stacked formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: John Rodney Keats
  • Patent number: 8966818
    Abstract: Provided is a cylindrical container for plant growth substrates in which plants of diverse species may be grown all over its external surfaces, and for water, air and nutrients to be supplied to their roots through systems of pipes or cavities internal to the cylinder and embedded in the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Eluemuno Richard Blyden
  • Patent number: 8966819
    Abstract: A vertical planter having an exterior fastener allowing the planter to be hung on a wall. The planter may be free standing or may be stacked one atop another. The planter comprises front and back mateable portions, base receptacle and top plate. The front portion has a plurality of tangently projecting plant receptacles and a pair of spaced apart sides terminating in a rail-like edge. The back portion extends into a pair of sides terminating in channels for seating respective front portion side edges. The base receptacle forms a seat for the front and back portions. The base receptacle back wall is folded forming a catch that matingly engages a back portion transverse crossbar. The top plate has a plurality of apertures, enabling water to pass into the vertical planter cavity with the plate positioned on a ledge of the front and back portions forming a support when stacking planters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Neila Cosmann
  • Publication number: 20150047258
    Abstract: A planter reservoir and planter system which is easily converted for different planting environments. The planter reservoir is divided by a permeable partition into different areas. The lower area contains a canal with perforated walls. Multiple openings in the reservoir allow the users options to control liquids. The reservoir may be assembled into a planter system. where two reservoirs are connect by a mounting tray, clip, and handle forming an array. An upper array is supported above the lower array by several support bars. Accessory mounts are located on both the reservoirs and mounting trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Lewis, Phillip Dietz
  • Patent number: 8950112
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vertical or angled arrangement of hydroponic cultivation of plants includes at least one module defining an inner space containing at least one nutritional substrate and plant. The module includes a front wall and a rear wall secured to the front wall. At least the front wall includes at least one opening for the plant to pass through. The front and/or the rear wall includes an attachment area for attaching the module to a mounting. The front wall and/or the rear wall has overlapping edges enabling, when the apparatus is installed on a green roof or a green wall with at least two adjacent modules, overlapping of the modules, at least partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Modulogreen Vertical Solutions
    Inventor: José dos Santos
  • Publication number: 20150013223
    Abstract: A vertical planter having a partitioned tray, a liner, and a sliding wire support grid, wherein the partitioned tray engages the sliding wire support grid to provide access to the partitioned tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Ravi Rajagopalan
  • Publication number: 20140325907
    Abstract: Disclosed is a containment unit for a living wall that includes a rear wall with two side walls, a top and a liquid collection trough at the bottom with several ribs extending down the front of the containment unit between the side walls, where the ribs are angled and arranged relative to each other to define vertically stacked openings between sequential ribs that forms horizontal growing surfaces when the containment unit is filled with loose plant growth medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Molly Meyer, LLC
    Inventor: Molly Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140230325
    Abstract: A garden module for a vertical garden system, the module comprising: a body having a back portion providing a mounting arrangement in the form of one or more vertically extending recessed portions. A vertical garden system comprising: a plurality of garden modules; at least one upright; each garden module having a back portion providing a mounting arrangement in the form of one or more vertically extending recessed portions for accommodating a respective one of the at least one upright.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Collis
  • Patent number: 8776431
    Abstract: A planter with adjustable legs particularly adapted to growing plants such as flowers and vegetables, comprises a planter basin, three adjustable legs, and a plurality of basin apertures and corresponding plant support plates. The planter comprises a generally rectangular shape with side walls and a center opening. The basin apertures and slotted support plates provide a means to grow plants in an inverted manner. The legs are telescopingly adjustable which allows use of the planter on an uneven ground surface as well as allowing the user to raise the planter as necessary while growing the inverted plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Danny R. Wiseman, Tresa Wiseman
  • Patent number: 8776433
    Abstract: A planting container is suitable for forming planting columns by using ones with the same structure three-dimensionally stacked. The planting columns are arranged around a center line parallel to the gravity direction to set up a planting tower. The planting container includes a bottom wall and a side wall. The side wall extends from the peripheral of the bottom wall and both walls define a containing space. The side wall has a planting opening communicating with the containing space. The side wall has a top end and a bottom end. When two containers with the same structure are three-dimensionally stacked by each other, the bottom end of the upper container engages with the top end of the lower container. The side wall laterally tilts towards the center line relatively to the bottom wall, so that the planting column tilts towards the adjacent column and tilts towards the center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tien-Fu Huang, Chi-Hua Yu, Chen-Dao Shiao, Pei-Ying Chang
  • Publication number: 20140096446
    Abstract: A vertical planting tray comprising a plurality of substantially horizontal shelves held together by outer side walls and a plurality of vertical struts located therebetween with the struts connected to and supporting said shelves, said struts being substantially thin and narrow and defining a plurality of planting stations with said horizontal shelves in which vertical plants may be grown. The substantial open wall structure between stations permits improved plant performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Melissa Daniels, Anthony Caggiano, John Matolka
  • Patent number: 8689485
    Abstract: A vertical planter and gardening wall comprised of base planter blocks that are identical to each other and end blocks that are identical to each other. The blocks are stackable and interlock. The invention can be used by gardeners to cultivate and display their gardens indoors or outdoors in a restricted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Inventurous, LLC
    Inventor: Jared Friedman
  • Patent number: 8646205
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fabricated landscape architecture system that can simply form landscape architecture of a wall surface or the like. The fabricated landscape architecture system, includes a plurality of support plates (60), a plurality of cultivation boxes (10) and water supply pipes (30). The plurality of support plates (60) are arranged in one or more lines in a vertical or horizontal direction and include a plurality of fastening holes and pipe grooves (13). The plurality of cultivation boxes (10) are formed in the shape of a box of which one surface is open. A plurality of fastening protrusion (25) to be inserted into the fastening holes, pipe grooves (13) positioned so as to face the pipe grooves (13) of the support plates (60) and the assembly holes are formed on the bottom of the cultivation box (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Heung-Yeul Cho
  • Publication number: 20130333287
    Abstract: A planter assembly includes a support and a plurality of planter units configured to attach at the support. The support is an elongated support that is configured to be generally vertical when used in the planter assembly. Each of the planter units includes a planting portion at which a plant may be disposed and each of the planter units is configured to attach at the support at a respective level along the support. Each of the planter units is circumferentially disposed relative to the support and relative to others of the planter units so that the planter units are arranged along the support with the planting portion of each of the planter units being at least partially circumferentially separated or disposed relative to the planting portions of others of the planter units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Van M. Kassouni
  • Publication number: 20130333286
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide systems and methods for a vertical planter. Systems and methods according to various aspects of the present invention may comprise a planter system configured for growing plants in horizontal rows wherein each row is arranged vertically with respect to each other row. The planter system may comprise a planter container, a container support, and a vertical support. The vertical support may be coupled to a structure. The container support may be coupled to the vertical support and configured to support the weight and form of the planter container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Alex E. Billingsley
  • Patent number: 8596928
    Abstract: A retaining wall or steeply faced slope is disclosed having a naturally green facade. The wall or slope is made of blocks of compacted earth, each having a face reinforced with wire mesh and covered with vegetation such as native grasses. The blocks may be formed onsite, saving transportation costs and other waste, using native soils. The mesh may extend beyond other faces of each block to provide handles and geogrid anchoring. A press is disclosed to form the blocks by compacting soil mixed with cement, the press including hydraulic rams or screw jacks that create immense pressures and having wedge shaped sides that relieve lateral confining pressure when the block is extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Henry G Justiniano
  • Patent number: 8567122
    Abstract: A plant container or planter fabricated from a breathable, flexible, geo-textile, material such as recycled polyester needle-punched felt, which is self-supporting without an internal support structure. The geo-textile material is porous to both air and water, which allows air-born nutrients to pass to the roots and inhibit the ability of mold species to grow and harm the plant. The geo-textile material is configurable to various container designs that permit the non-conventional plant placement including the mounting of the plant containers on vertical surfaces, flat surfaces, and by suspension from ceilings and walls. The inclusion of a flexible, durable, impermeable, water-retaining recycled rubber, vinyl, or plastic bottom and/or backing liner in the construction of the plant containers/hangers allow the planters to be placed on indoor and outdoor surfaces such as wood, stucco, wallboard, carpet, and various other surfaces which might otherwise be damaged by moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Woolly Pocket Corporation
    Inventors: Miguel Eric Nelson, Sherry Lorraine Walsh, Rodney Lee Nelson
  • Publication number: 20130219788
    Abstract: A vertical gardening system includes at least one sheet of geosynthetic material hung generally vertically, and forming vertical channels extending top to bottom of the sheet on a rear side and including a plurality of small upwardly-open individual pockets on a front side and growing medium on both sides of the at least one sheet and located in both the channels and the pockets. A related method includes providing a portable stand and supporting on the stand a sheet with vertical channels and pockets as defined above, growing plants in the pockets with their roots extending into the channels, and moving the stand to promote plant growth, including one of moving the stand to orient the plants toward sunlight during daylight, or moving the stand between a first location of optimal sunlight and a second location of optimal protection against freezing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph P. VanLente
  • Patent number: 8479444
    Abstract: A vertical garden assembly, concerned with the field of gardening, more precisely for use in the decoration of internal and external environments by means of adequately suspended vases, to which an original constructive arrangement is given, aiming to reach a different functional option from the models previously developed by the inventor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Gislene Medeiros Mesiara
  • Patent number: 8469228
    Abstract: A dispenser of containers. A carousel is rotatably mounted to a main frame about a vertical axis of rotation and has a plurality of container compartments arranged around the axis and along the length of the axis. A driver mounted to the main frame rotates the carousel around the axis in a single direction and a lock limits rotation of the carousel in any direction when engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: SLEEGERS Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph L. Adams
  • Publication number: 20130152468
    Abstract: A planting container is suitable for forming planting columns by using ones with the same structure three-dimensionally stacked. The planting columns are arranged around a center line parallel to the gravity direction to set up a planting tower. The planting container includes a bottom wall and a side wall. The side wall extends from the peripheral of the bottom wall and both walls define a containing space. The side wall has a planting opening communicating with the containing space. The side wall has a top end and a bottom end. When two containers with the same structure are three-dimensionally stacked by each other, the bottom end of the upper container engages with the top end of the lower container. The side wall laterally tilts towards the center line relatively to the bottom wall, so that the planting column tilts towards the adjacent column and tilts towards the center line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tien-Fu Huang, Chi-Hua Yu, Chen-Dao Shiao, Pei-Ying Chang
  • Patent number: 8438781
    Abstract: The invention includes a box, vertical and horizontal dividers, a plant-growth mat, and a mounting bar. The dividers are permanently linked to form an insert, which slides into insert grooves inside the box. Insert grooves have upper and lower rails. At the insert groove openings rail ends feature upward bends. The plant-growth mat is secured against the box inner-back by the insert which is prevented from sliding out by the upward bends of the lower rails. A support mount and a fastener on the back of the box and compatible groove surfaces on the mounting bar prevent box movement when mounted. The invention increases the rigidity of the dividers and reduces their deformability. It facilitates inserting the integrated dividers into the box with convenient insert grooves. The plant-growth mat can store water, prevent soil erosion, and provide aeration to plant roots. The mounting bar stabilizes the module for easy installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventors: Feiyun Zhao, Lin Zhao
  • Publication number: 20130111812
    Abstract: This invention concerns apparatus for growing plants comprising a column (100) of pots (102) stacked one above the other to define an enclosure for housing plants. Each pot (102) defines a chamber (104) for holding a plant. Separators for separating pots of the column are provided and the separators define an enclosed headspace around a top of at least two of the pots where plants project from the chamber. The chamber comprises a passageway (106) that provides a continuous flow path for air through the column (100) without requiring the air to flow through the chamber (104). This flow path includes the headspaces above the at least two of the pots (102).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Alexander P. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20130104456
    Abstract: Described are a vertical garden system and method. A mounting panel includes a plurality of first mounting attachment mechanisms. A planting cell module is positioned on a surface of the mounting panel. The planting cell module has a second mounting attachment mechanism constructed and arranged for removably coupling with a first mounting attachment mechanism. The planting cell module has an interior volume in which a plant component is positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Trevor L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8418403
    Abstract: Hanging stacked plant holders and watering systems for receiving and supporting a plurality of pots in pot holding rings fastened to the end of a plurality of unit arms. The unit arms are stacked on a structure that includes an upper manifold and a lower manifold. The pots supported by the upper unit arms receive water from the upper manifold, and the pots supported by the lower unit arms receive water seeping through the upper pots, with water seeping through the lower pots being collected for recirculation. various features and construction details are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas L. Nuttman
  • Publication number: 20130061521
    Abstract: A planter in the form of a tower planter having an internal vertical composting capability is provided. The planter has a hollow, vertical, outer cylindrical barrel with a plurality of openings formed about its cylindrical side. A hollow inner cylindrical composting tube having a plurality of perforations formed in its cylindrical wall is provided. The space formed between the inner tube and barrel wall is filled with growing medium. The inner tube is filled with compost material. A removable container is placed at the bottom of the tube and barrel, said container adapted to capture water draining out from the tube and barrel, as well, as periodically receiving compost from the compost tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Colin Cudmore
  • Patent number: 8365466
    Abstract: A hydroponic produce display apparatus for in-store and market display of plants is provided. The hydroponic produce display apparatus comprises a basin having an open top with the basin holding a volume of liquid. A cover is positioned on the open top of the basin with the cover being permeable to liquid. A display backing is provided having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a first side, and a second side opposite the first side. The first end of the display backing is mounted over the open top of the basin with the display backing extending vertically from the basin. Mounting mechanisms cooperate with the display backing for mounting the plants to the display backing. A liquid introduction mechanism introduces liquid to the plants mounted to the display backing. A liquid transfer mechanism moves liquid from the basin to the liquid introduction means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Nathaniel Storey
  • Publication number: 20130019524
    Abstract: Planting structures including a container including a base and defining a container opening opposite the base, a first bulb support structure supported within the container, the first bulb support structure defines a first bulb compartment located proximate the container opening, and a first bulb support structure height selected to position the first bulb compartment a first selected distance from the container opening, and a second bulb support structure supported within the container, the second bulb support structure defines a second bulb compartment located proximate the container opening, and a second bulb support structure height selected to position the second bulb compartment a second selected distance from the container opening. In some examples, the planting structure includes a varmint resistant enclosure extending from the base around an entire periphery of the base, the lateral enclosure terminating opposite the base defining a lateral enclosure opening opposite the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Collin
  • Publication number: 20120324788
    Abstract: There is provided a plant cultivating apparatus for saving space in an early stage of growth of plants, increases an amount of plants cultivated per unit space to achieve higher space efficiency, and which provides an optimum environment corresponding to the growth of the plants. The plant cultivating apparatus comprises a plurality of cultivation tray storage shelves arrayed in a plurality of tiers and a plurality of rows, each of the plurality of cultivation tray storage shelves being able to store a cultivation tray capable of cultivating a plurality of plant stocks, a cultivation tray transferring mechanism for moving the cultivation tray, and a handling mechanism capable of gripping and moving the plurality of plant stocks individually from the cultivation tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Syunji Sakura, Tatsuya Hirai, Kouji Kouno, Hitoshi Ohara, Go Itou
  • Patent number: 8296997
    Abstract: An upright planting apparatus includes a row of juxtaposed mesh pipe units disposed uprightly and a fixing unit. Each of the mesh pipe units includes an outer mesh pipe, and a liquid supply pipe. The outer mesh pipe has an upright tubular wall formed with a plurality of mesh holes extending through inner and outer surfaces of the upright tubular wall, and a groove that extends around said outer surface of the upright tubular wall to receive a plant culture medium. The liquid supply pipe is disposed axially inside the outer mesh pipe and has a plurality of liquid-seeping holes. The fixing unit fixes together the outer mesh pipes of the mesh pipe units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Yi-Chen Tsai
  • Patent number: 8281517
    Abstract: A modular wall planting system includes at least a pair of planting units each comprising a mounting structure mountable to a vertical wall surface, and a trough extending outwardly from the mounting structure and including an upwardly opening aperture, the trough defining an interior compartment divided into a first section and a second section at least partially divided from the first section, wherein the first section is adapted to receive plant matter therein, the second section is adapted to receive fluid drained from the first section, and wherein the trough includes at least one weep aperture adapted to allow water to drain from the interior compartment and the second section to an exterior of the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Hortech, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 8250804
    Abstract: A plant pot holding device includes one or more panels each having a number of compartments formed with a wider front portion and a narrower rear portion for detachably engaging with plant pots, the plant pots each include a lower notch for engaging with the lower inclined surface of the panel and an upper engaging surface and a latch for engaging with the panel and for detachably attaching and latching the plant pots to the panel, the panels each include one or more couplers and one or more socket openings for selectively engaging with each other and for detachably coupling the panels together to form various spatial or three-dimensional shapes and for detachably supporting a number of plant pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Cheng Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 8245443
    Abstract: Systems for the construction of a variety of planting configurations are disclosed. Some of the disclosed embodiments may be equally applicable for products such as shelving systems. The systems may include various shaped troughs and support surfaces and various methods of assembling the same. The various components and resulting configurational possibilities disclosed provides the user with functionality and aesthetic possibilities never before available, and is well suited for both commercial and residential applications. The device may also be made to be foldable or collapsible in nature. As such, the unit may be folded and stored when not in use so that the device does not take up space when it is to be stored. And is equally easy to unfold and put into use when it is to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Steven Jerome Caruso
  • Patent number: 8234815
    Abstract: A planter including a center post and a series of upwardly-opening disc-shaped growing compartments which are arranged in a sequential relationship along the length of the center post and are suspended from the top of the center post. Each of the growing compartments has a center opening through which the center post extends so that the growing compartments are maintained in a centered relationship about the center post. Furthermore, a lowermost growing compartment has a substantially solid bottom for containing dirt or potting soil placed therein, and the remainder of the growing compartments have bottoms within which including relatively large openings are defined to accommodate the passage of relatively large clumps of dirt or potting soil through the bottoms thereof so that each of the growing compartments can be filled with dirt or potting soil placed into the uppermost growing compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Felknor Ventures LLC
    Inventors: Wilson A. Felknor, James Robert Ferron, Benjamin James Ferron, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20120180388
    Abstract: A vertical planter and gardening wall comprised of base planter blocks that are identical to each other and end blocks that are identical to each other. The blocks are stackable and interlock. The invention can be used by gardeners to cultivate and display their gardens indoors or outdoors in a restricted area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Jared Friedman
  • Patent number: 8191310
    Abstract: A plant pot which is adapted to be stacked with one or more similar plant pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: John Rodney Keats
  • Publication number: 20120117871
    Abstract: An adaptable terraced planter and system having a plurality of planters, each planter comprising a plastic body configured to retain soil with hinge brackets at each end that when interlocked with a pin or rod form a hinge there between to rotatably connect the planters together, and thereby enable the attachment of said at least one of the plurality of planters to another planter in more than one selective orientation and to allow for the stacking of rows of planters in vertical or tiered rows or variants thereof that conform to a wide variety of topographies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Kelly William Luckett
  • Patent number: 8141294
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a planter system for supporting living plants on a vertical surface that includes a fabric folded into one or more vertically-arranged knife pleats; the pleats are secured and horizontally segmented into vertically arranged, upward facing pockets by a securing mechanism. The upward facing pockets are adapted hold a plant growth medium. Other aspects of the invention include a simple system for removing failing plants, and replacing them with healthy plants, already embedded in growth medium within a root liner pouch. The invention further includes an irrigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher James Bribach, Daniel Rossomano
  • Patent number: 8136296
    Abstract: Planter systems include planters releasably integrated with a support structure primarily by releasable and penetrable engagement that is sufficient to support the planter without requiring conventional attachment devices. Engaging portions of the planters are releasably and penetrably received and concealed by the support structure to provide an integrated appearance. The planter systems optionally include adjustable irrigation systems configured to controllably supply water to the planter and/or surrounding terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: James Hogan
  • Patent number: 8132367
    Abstract: A container for receiving and growing plants is disclosed. The container includes a latticework having a bottom wall and a sidewall extending from the bottom wall defining a cavity with an open end, a covering for the bottom wall and the sidewall for receiving plant growth medium for supporting roots of plants, and a plurality of spaced apart flexible cords securing the covering to the latticework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Waldo & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Cottier
  • Patent number: 8074398
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a growing system for enhanced yield. In an exemplary embodiment of the growing system, a plant stand is provided, and a plurality of plant pots can be further provided. The plant stand can include a first frame, a second frame, and a plurality of brackets securing the plant pots to the first frame and the second frame. The plant stand is configured such that the plant pots have a tiered formation. In some embodiments, the brackets each have a segment upon which a corresponding plant pot is seated and segments for securing opposing sides of the plant stand. In some embodiments, the plant stand has a substantially x-shaped elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Haim Hazan
  • Publication number: 20110258929
    Abstract: THE PRESENT INVENTION REFERS TO A VERTICAL GARDEN ASSEMBLY, CONCERNED WITH THE FIELD OF GARDENING, MORE PRECISELY FOR USE IN THE DECORATION OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENTS BY MEANS OF ADEQUATELY SUSPENDED VASES, TO WHICH AN ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTIVE ARRANGEMENT IS GIVEN, AIMING TO REACH A DIFFERENT FUNCTIONAL OPTION FROM THE MODELS PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED BY THE INVENTOR.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Gislene Medeiros Mesiara
  • Publication number: 20110225883
    Abstract: A vegetation wall for supporting vegetation and including at least one panel made from a porous filter media formed of a plurality of strands arranged to form an open, three-dimensional structure with interstitial spaces that provide both air and water permeability. The filter media can filter water, such as by removing nitrogen gas from the water, promoting the colonization of beneficial bacteria that aide in nitrification of the water, and balancing the pH of the water. The vegetation wall can be a free-standing wall, or attached to the side or roof of a building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: CLIFFORDS PERENNIAL AND VINE INC
    Inventor: Kenneth John Clifford
  • Publication number: 20110192084
    Abstract: A modular wall planting system includes at least a pair of planting units each comprising a mounting structure mountable to a vertical wall surface, and a trough extending outwardly from the mounting structure and including an upwardly opening aperture, the trough defining an interior compartment divided into a first section and a second section at least partially divided from the first section, wherein the first section is adapted to receive plant matter therein, the second section is adapted to receive fluid drained from the first section, and wherein the trough includes at least one weep aperture adapted to allow water to drain from the interior compartment and the second section to an exterior of the trough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie