Vertical Garden

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Vertical Garden Beautifully Colors Building in Paris

A novel way to bring more life and color into the “concrete jungles” of the world is to create a vertical garden. I vote that every city street have one to make up for the loss of foliage that big inner cities prevent. It literally causes the building and neighboring areas to come to life.

Patrick Blanc, a French botanist, artist and author, whose book, The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City, is considered a classic work on the subject, agrees that when it comes to vertical gardens, the challenges are great and the avenues varied. “In nature,” Mr. Blanc said, “plants grow in many different ways, and when it comes to creating vertical gardens, many things are possible. Different people have different approaches.”

Blanc created the vertical garden (featured above) at the intersection of Montorgueil, Reaumur Sebastopol and the Great Boulevards in Paris. As part of a private initiative to make Paris more eco-friendly, he took seven weeks in March and April to plant the seeds, nurturing over 7,600 plants belonging to 237 individual species. The stunning garden covers 250-square meters on the building’s face and quite incredible. The wall will be officially inaugurated during Paris Design Week in September, 2013.

Vertical gardens can evoke anything from a tropical jungle to a Monet landscape. But because gardens were intended to be horizontal, not vertical, and because water, left to its own devices, flows down and not sideways, they are always challenging to maintain.

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I have had this post in my folder for like a month but I have been super excited to share it with you guys. I used to live in Los Angeles and this would have solved all my problems with not having a garden or needing to travel far when finding fresh foods to eat. Even the organic food market was crappy where I lived. This is called a

LIVING WALL or VERTICAL GARDEN

You can grow your own garden in your home! On youtube its hard to find people using it to grow food but you can use it for food (depending on the type of food). I have a neighbor that grows grapes in his house. Anyways, hope you like this post. 

Here is a link to a youtube video that explains how to make one and how it works. [LINK]

Gardening with repurposed objects” is a recurring theme here on Gardens in Unexpected Places.

Today, I’m pleased to add this item to the mix: a boombox garden

A pretty good new use for a dead boombox, isn’t it?

(spotted on EcoSalon)

Trend Alert:

This is one that is not commonly seen but when done right looks spectacular! Take this example by Siol, it’s simply stunning, adding vibrancy and tangible life to the bathroom which would be difficult to achieve in any other way. The main concern people may have regarding living walls is the watering of them. I’m not an expert on the finer details of them, however I do know there are watering systems for potted plants which automatically water based on time or moisture level of the soil.

A similar solution could be implemented into a living wall like this which should keep it looking lush and ravishing for time to come. We’re seeing these living walls drawn into more and more designs, and expect this trend to continue in 2014.