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The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City

The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City
Patrick Blanc
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cloth, 208 pp., $65.00

Botanist and artist Patrick Blanc, a native of France, explains his development of the concept of a vertical garden wall in this recent translation of his work. Intrigued by tropical fish and their habitats as a child, the author later fanned his interest in tropical vegetation in 1972 with a trip to Thailand and Malaysia. Stunned by the vision of plants climbing a hundred feet, he began research on specific plants that grew well under these circumstances. He describes his traveling adventures in the tropics to study plant life over the next three decades. The author recalls and illustrates the habitats that gave him inspiration. He describes and illustrates plants that superficially affect their base to those that cause its destruction. The remaining pages contain an extensive collection of stunning photographs of his projects around the world. Although tropical plants would seemingly be limited in use in colder climates, Blanc has employed them indoors successfully as decorative elements that enliven the monotony of sterile contemporary architecture. In his more recent endeavors he has created colorful tapestries of living plants.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden