Now here is an idea for the wall you face from the entryway! Do a skylight in the hallway and then a living wall to accommodate many of your plants! There are systems to automate irrigation and allow for easy removal / swap-out of plants as it grows!
Here is an idea for a vertical garden in a classroom (plus a fish tank). This could also work in other places -- homes, places of worship, community centres, etc. Maybe even outdoors? With a mesh covering over the fish tank, the cats couldn't get in.