The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City
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The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City

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Patrick Blanc, an artist with a green thumb, has created dozens of his admired botanical tapestries in public and private spaces around the world, including the Marithé & François Girbaud boutique in Manhattan; the Jean Nouvel-designed Quai Branly Museum in Paris; the aquarium in Genoa; the Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary A...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 30th 2008)
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Whoa. I thought this was a book about growing clematis on balconies.

Instead, it describes the installation of thousands of plants on the sides of extremely tall buildings. Not quite what I had in mind, but cool. Wish I saw more of these in good ole' Columbus, Ohio...

Word of warning: This book is very big and very heavy. Read with caution.
The most interesting content in this over-sized hardcover book are the loose hand sketches by the artist/horticulturist/landscape designer. The executed vertical garden projects, mostly new buildings in Europe, are stunning, with fantastic variety of texture and form. Big thumbs up.

However, there is also a lot mediocre quality material showing the natural habitats that inspired the artists, that read more like the author's personal vacation photo album. Thumbs down.
Amazing photos, but very little useful information for those looking to create their own vertical landscapes!
Live it! What an inspiring and inventive and technical book for the average or sophisticated gardener.
Don't Look
The pictures blew me away. It was not so much as a how to, but more of a work of photography.
I wish there where some schematics to try building your own.
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Patrick Blanc (born June 3, 1953, Paris) is a botanist, working at the French National Centre for Scientific Research,[1] where he specializes in plants from tropical forests. He is the modern innovator of the green wall, yet recent scholarship on the subject suggest that the vertical garden (aka. Green Wall, Botanical Brick) was invented by Professor Stanley Hart White at the University of Illino...more
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