“There are no hummingbirds in Europe” – Patrick Blanc
While in London this Spring I revisited the Vertical Garden created by Patrick Blanc for the Athenaeum Hotel, Piccadilly.
The growth was noticeably more lush since 12 months had passed.
Below: Detail of Lamium in bloom, alongside hosta foliage.
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.
The botanical names are drawn across the garden’s expanse, with each swath of plants revealing the pattern that will emerge at the garden grows.
A variety of native plant species had begun to bloom, including strawberries.
Patrick talked to me about the importance of creating biodiversity in urban settings. I believe he was excited to have an opportunity to plant exclusively with natives in the temperate climate of San Francisco, while fostering a habitat for hummingbirds and other beneficial wildlife.
Photos © Alice Joyce
Lewisia species appeared to be thriving: Broadleaf lewisia
L. cotyledon – a perennial plant with fleshy leaves that form rosettes.
Blanc’s design mimics the growth habit of these plants, which are found in nature on cliffs and vertical outcrops.
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