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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:54 AM
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It is hard to imagine having a lush garden when you live in a small urban space, which is the case for many city dwellers. I have run into this situation many times, being a renter it is hard to find a condo with enough outdoor space to create a botanical oasis. I read a [...]




 

 

It is hard to imagine having a lush garden when you live in a small urban space, which is the case for many city dwellers. I have run into this situation many times, being a renter it is hard to find a condo with enough outdoor space to create a botanical oasis. I read a article recently discussing a new trend in landscape design “Vertical Gardens”. I was immediately fascinated by the idea! Why not add some life into my otherwise white and bare balcony walls? French botanist Patrick Blanc came up with the idea for a vertical garden in the late 1980s as a way for cities to go “green” using existing space. Most of a city’s horizontal space is taken up by roads, sidewalks and buildings. Vertical space however is commonly left unused. When installed on exterior walls, these vertical gardens sometimes can reduce the heat that a building absorbs. Blanc has run gardens up the sides of malls, parking garages, museums, schools and of course homes. So how does it work? Plants are rooted in a layer of felt that is stapled to a waterproof PVC plastic sheet. The felt and the PVC sheets are attached to a metal frame that hangs on a wall or stands on its own. If all of this seems a bit too complex, there are also modular systems & kits available to make installation easy. There is a great company called ELT Easy Green that specializes in these kits. The kits allow you to install plants in angled plastic trays that are mounted directly on a wall or in a frame. Instead of felt, plants are rooted in dirt or another growth medium. Each panel is 12 inches by 12 inches and can be used on its own or with a few other panels. The best part? ELT’s do-it-yourself kit costs $69.00! Plant selection depends on your location, be sure to pick something that can create a textured design and requires little maintenance. Regular maintenance includes watering (supplemented with fertilizer) and trimming the plants. Can’t wait to get started on my own Vertical Garden! Here are some images I found of Vertical Gardens that have inspired me:

CaixaForum Museum, Madrid

AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical, Sweden

Lifewall Tile by Ceracasa

Vertical Succulent Garden

Vertical Garden in Frame

Joe Fortes Restaurant, Vancouver


 

 

 
 
 

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