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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Culinary Gardens

Horizontal Meets Vertical: B&Q Edible Garden - Chelsea 2011

Chelsea B&Q Garden near and far Photo © Alice Joyce

An ambitious design emphasizing edible gardening and sustainability set apart the B&Q Garden at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins and winner of Gold, the garden boasted the tallest form to appear at Chelsea: A 27-foot high tower representing one of the garden’s 5 demonstration zones, with plants comprising edible selections – either entirely so, or species chosen for their edible stems, roots, leafs, buds or fruit.

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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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