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Vertical Gardens

I am intrigued by the work created by Patrick Blanc a french botanist and artist. We know all too well the huge need for green spaces especially in urban environments, he has a fantastic solution – Vertical Gardens
Patrick Blanc Garden, Paris, France

He is based in Paris, certainly a city with many beautiful squares and buildings, but it is a geographical area with little room for expansion. There is very little opportunity for the creation of new open spaces or parks when demand for housing is so huge. However, where there is a blank building wall he sees an opportunity. He fixes a solid frame onto the wall and, by allowing water to trickle down, it provides soil-free habitats for various plants which in turn can provide a home for all manner of lifeforms from birds to frogs. The Garden can be inside or out and plant species are chosen to suit the climatic conditions.

Mr Blanc began his botanical experiments in his own home and now he works on commissions all over the world with projects ongoing in China, Spain and his native France. His first UK commissions are Leamouth Peninsula a docklands regeneration scheme ongoing in 2008 and the Pacha Club, Kings Cross, London. Due to the density of the growth there is no need for weeding, so over time they develop from a two dimensional design to a 3D living work of art and each project is protected by copyright. He has a book “The Vertical Garden: In Nature and the City”
Postcript to this article.  Click here for latest news on the Pacha Club, London commission.
UPDATE.  In the UK there is a Gardeners World Special featuring an interview with Patrick Blanc and discussion of his work.  Date for broadcast is 8pm on Friday 20th March 2009.  I’ve done a quick update post here.
UPDATE.  Short feature and images @ regarding PB’s recent vertical garden at the Athenaeum, London.  24 August 2009

4 Responses to “Vertical Gardens”

  1. 1 garden sheds

    Its really fantastic to read this kind of the post .This is really a good creation . This is really awesome …. Thanks.

  2. 2 gill moore

    Hi there,

    thanks for your post, I agree it is a brilliant idea … it just shows what can be done if you are prepared to be adaptable. Gill

  3. 3 Charlie Gillett

    exactly where is the Leamouth Peninsula Vertical Garden? I have tried every entry on Google without finding a map that gives its location.

  4. 4 gill moore

    Hi Charlie,

    Thanks for your interest and comment. I have done a bit of digging and there a few great images of the work on the green garden design blog:

    It sounds like the wall is in London Docklands part of the wider Leamouth Peninsula regeneration project. Sadly, I don’t have a specific location and as I am in Manchester my knowledge of the actual area isn’t great. I do know that the living wall was installed by these guys:

    …. so maybe drop them an email or give them a call 01243 782121

    …. if anyone will have an exact location it should be them!
    Good luck. If you manage a visit or get some photos do let me know what you think and I can add it to my previous post as an update.

    Gill :-)

  1. 1 Patrick Blanc to be featured on a Gardeners World Special this week …. at scatterdrum

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