Green Roofs/Vertical Gardens

Vertical Gardens Revisited

Athenaeum Blanc Vertical Garden detail Photo © Alice Joyce

While in London this Spring I revisited the Vertical Garden created by Patrick Blanc for the Athenaeum Hotel, Piccadilly. Last year when I photographed Blanc’s green wall the garden had been installed about one year. The growth was noticeably more lush since 12 months had passed. During Patrick’s visit to San Francisco earlier this year, to herald the planting of his Vertical Garden for the new Drew School Samuel Cuddeback Assembly Wing building .. the artist/botanist’s sketch for the project was on display.

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Green Roofs/Vertical Gardens

Patrick Blanc Vertical Garden - San Francisco's Drew School

Patrick Blanc Feb 2011 - Photo © Alice Joyce

Patrick Blanc has designed the newest San Francisco landmark: a Vertical Garden : Mur Vegetal, for The Drew School. This major green wall project in noteworthy for its use of California native plant species, The new Assembly Wing building addition to Drew School is designed by project architects: ROMA Design, to feature a Living Roof by Rana Creek.

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Culinary Gardens

A Culinary Banquet.. Rooftop Garden, Vancouver's Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver - In the Garden Facing Hotel

A long-awaited visit to Vancouver, B.C. included a blissful stay at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, where my room’s comfortable, contemporary decor and great views acted as a prequel to my tour of the hotel’s rooftop culinary garden. Installed around 1991, the hotel’s roof garden had been on my radar for some time. At 2,100 square feet, the 3rd floor green oasis is rightfully celebrated as one of the first living roofs in a city that now boasts the largest green roof in Canada, the nearby 6-acre Vancouver Convention Centre.

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