Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Vertical Gardens of Patrick Blanc

Patrick Blanc has has the wonderful vision to grow gardens vertically. How beneficial this  must be for air we breathe by cycling and recycling air in usually-stagnant public buildings and offices.

Patrick Blanc was born in June of '53 in the fittingly-named Clinique des Fleurs in Issy-les-Moulineaux. Blanc had his first tropical aquarium in 1960. In the early 70s he visited Malaysia and Thailand and was no doubt inspired by the rain-forest conditions encountered there. During the 80s and 90s Blanc was an award-winning botanist.

Patrick Blanc created his first famous vertical green wall at Paris' Pershing Hall Hotel. He's responsible for the living, breathing exterior at the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris.

Here's a link to his site. He definitely has a vision. I even found a picture of him with green hair.

Patrick's work reminded me of my own ivy (actually Virginia Creeper) covered house above. The bees love it mid-July. The whole wall just buzzes. Sparrows make it home too.


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  2. I was lucky enough to photograph his wall by the Quai Branley in Jan. 2010 after a snowfall. There were icicles hanging from the plants. I'd love to see it as you have seen it with it lush and green though.

    Your home so charming. Thank you for sharing.