The Vertical Garden

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Patrick Blanc has been a scientist at CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) since 1982; he won the French Society Award for Botany in 1993. He lives in Paris.

The Vertical Garden
In Nature and the City
Patrick Blanc

From the inventor of the vertical garden, here are the secrets of plants that cling, grip and climb.
       Patrick Blanc, an artist with green fingers, has created dozens of his admired botanical tapestries in public and private spaces around the world, including the Marithé & François Girbaud boutique in Manhattan; the Jean Nouvel-designed Quai Branly Museum in Paris; the aquarium in Genoa; the Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. In this luscious, oversize, all-colour book, he explains how to create plant walls using more than one thousand plants, drawing on his observation of natural milieus, his technique of growing on vertical surfaces, his savoir faire and his passion for plants.

"...Patrick Blanc—the godfather of the 'vegetal wall'."
AJ Specification

"This is a book which will have wide appeal both to amateur gardeners who are interested in innovative gardening and to students and practitioners of garden design who may wish to adopt some of Blanc's techniques. The stunning photography adds to an authoritative text and will leave you with a much clearer appreciation of how we can use the vertical to add nature to our daily lives."
The Reckless Gardener

"Be inspired by his book, The Vertical Garden."
Harper's Bazaar

"It is beautifully produced and wonderfully illustrated, engagingly written, and has sufficient technical detail to clearly explain how the seemingly impossible has been achieved."
BBC Gardens Illustrated

"This is the book anyone who has seen Patrick’s vertical gardens either in the flesh, in magazines or on television has been waiting for."

"...the book is thorough and fascinating."

"It's all very intriguing and attractive."
Sunday Telegraph

"...another book that I've enjoyed this year, because of its crazy, meticulous creativity is The Vertical Garden by Patrick Blanc."
Gardening Books pick of the year by Jane Powers, The Irish Times

"Patrick Blanc reveals how he has been softening the hard hearts of our cities since 1988..."
Gardening Books Christmas Round-up 2008, Financial Times

"...pages of fascinating information."
The Times

July 2008 • £34.00 • ISBN 978 0 393 73259 7 • 192pp • 260 x 331mm • 300 colour illustrations