Giacomo Salizzoni is an Italian architect who calls himself a guerrilla gardener. If so, he is one of the most cultured and creative counter-culturists I know of. I only wish that he were here in New York. Guerilla gardening is just one of his creative ventures. Visit his website have a look at his videos and you will see many expamples of a mind that thinks out of the box...except when the box is producing fresh food.
I am going to borrow Giacomo's idea and pitch it to the store manager of the Red Hook, Brooklyn IKEA. Coincidentally, I just received the 2012 IKEA catalog. It speaks volumes about the state of the indoor plant business. The catalog contains little or nothing about products for modern urban greenscaping.
The IKEA catalog is just one mirror of the declining health of both the houseplant and interior plantscaping businesses in America. They are but a hollow shell of what they were back in the '70's and 80's. It has been sad to see it happen.
Ikea found this technique so interesting that they organized with us a first beautiful workshop for 15 families, offering one “Snalis” container full of plants to each family.
Everybody was involved in setting the container and planting tomatoes, zucchini, lettuces, eggplants.. It was a success and we all are looking forward to repeat this experience.
We created even some clear instructions, with the Ikea design: