patrick blanc is a wonderful french botanist specializing in tropical forests. he is the green-haired (really!) father of the vertical garden in general and of many of my favourite wall gardens specifically. so, he more or less single-handedly made the vertical garden trend happen around the world – you can check his website for a full list of works.
this is my favourite patrick blanc: his collaboration with architecture gods, herzog and de meuron, the vertical garden in front of caixa forum in madrid. breathtaking!
the world loves the murs vegetales: paris is full of his creations but his art reached as far as lisbon, istanbul and even kanazawa! (yes, once again – that museum). do you remember my old post on the topic of green walls, the galleries lafayette in berlin wall? he did that, too.
blanc was a precocious botanist and started experimenting with what was to become a vertical garden in his own bedroom when he was just 12. he used an aquarium instead of soil and suspended the plants on the walls. finally, the vertical garden model uses a felt-filled structure full of plants, most of them ever greens and part of them seasonal.
i’m still dreaming of getting a tiny one of my own… 🙂