Garden Tower® Project Receives International Design Award for Garden Tower® 2 System

Garden Tower® Project received international recognition from International Design Awards, held in Los Angeles earlier this month. The newly-released Garden Tower® 2 vertical planting system earned third place in the “Sustainable Living/Environmental Preservation” category.

Garden Tower® Project’s newest creation was selected for its achievements in design, creativity, usability, and innovation in a competition that examined over 1,000 entries from designers from 52 countries. This annual competition recognizes, honors, and promotes legendary design visionaries and uncovers emerging talents in architecture, interior, product, graphic design, and fashion.

“It’s been a wonderful honor to be recognized by the international community for creating something that is meant to improve people’s lives,” said Colin Cudmore, the inventor of the Garden Tower® 2 planting system and founder of the Garden Tower® Project.

Garden Tower 2™ cross section

Why Our Design is Special

The Garden Tower® 2 planting system helps you grow food in places that were challenging, or impossible, to grow in other places, such as flat rooftops, concrete slabs, and ordinary decks. Using the Garden Tower® 2 system offers many benefits, such as fertile soils, a way to compost kitchen scraps, efficient use of water, and nutrient-dense foods.

The Garden Tower® 2 planting system is a patented, space-saving planter and vermicomposter that enables gardeners to grow up to 50 plants (and maybe more) vertically and compactly inside a footprint of just 4 square feet. The new design easily rotates 360 degrees for optimal lighting and convenient watering. This means healthier plants and more growth over the long run, with less fuss for you.

In combining gardening with vermicomposting, the Garden Tower® 2 system returns nutrients to the closed system, making it self-fertilizing. Vegetables thrive as the potting blend grows richer naturally over time. A nutrient collection drawer also allows the gardener to harvest compost “tea”, finished compost and worm castings, for easy recycling to the top of the Garden Tower® 2 system to increase soil fertility. The Garden Tower® 2 planting system can also support a much wider variety of large vegetables that cannot be grown in any other container type garden, including cabbages, broccoli, squash, zucchini, cucumber and melons. With supplemental lighting, the Garden Tower® 2 planting system can be used indoors.

When it comes to water, everyone is pleased to see how well the design is performing. Early users report water savings of 90 percent compared to traditional garden plots because the exceedingly efficient design minimizes evaporation. This helps wherever you live, but is particularly critical in high-altitude and desert environments.

“Garden Tower® 2 system was created to make growing fresh, organic produce accessible to everyone in the most innovative, efficient and effective way possible,” said Joel Grant, Garden Tower® Development & Technology manager. “We are honored to be recognized by the IDA for our design.”

Check out the 2014 IDA winners and read our press release.

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