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Noeémie Villard has written a work that “invites us all to look upward and admire the plants that are above us and which will never be crushed under our feet.” Vertical gardens have become popular in the last decade. They are suited to large public buildings, railway depots, and as a green scene for old narrow streets. These are areas where the temperature never drops to freezing, and places where irrigation can be developed. “Vertical plants will plunge you into a whole new world!” writes Patrick Blanc, noted botanist and garden designer, in the preface to this exciting book.
The author writes with typical French brio, of the her professional experiences. Blanc gave her a wall to be used only for vertical edible plants. Working on the sustainable blanket and the wall studs to hold the material are daunting projects. In our climate, vines and succulents could work out quite well in frost–free areas. House walls on balconies, and barren utility building walls and garages become new areas for landscaping, after traditional yards are filled.
— Adele Kleine, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden