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The Westin Hotel in Stamford, CT underwent an extensive modernization in 1999, including a comprehensive renovation of the lobby. The Owner was preparing to install- as an integral part of the lobby's interior design- a fabricated hedge made of plywood with polyester leaves when Hammer Design was asked if it were possible to provide a "living hedge". Hammer Design conceived a unique hedge solution using live Creeping Fig as the feature element set outside a constructed plywood core using a subirrigation system to provide sources for water, sphagnum moss as a growing medium to retain the moisture, and a derivative of chicken wire as a frame to create the "hedge" shape. Interior landscape contractors in New Jersey and Canada created a mockup that was presented to and approved by the Owner within extremely tight schedule constraints, and approximately 180 linear feet of living hedge- some as tall as 7'-0"- were installed prior to the hotel's grand reopening.