P&PDL Picture of the Week for
July 30, 2007

Green Buildings, I Guess!

Mike Dana, Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist, Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

Recently, while planning a Master Garden Advanced Training Study Abroad program, Rosie Lerner and I had a chance to see the vertical garden by Patrick Blanc at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.  In the very shadow of the Eiffel Tower, a building wall has been transformed into horticultural art.  You can find out more about the musem and the vertical garden creator at these (among other) websites:

Vertical Garden, by Patrick Blanc

Patrick Blanc - Wikipedia.com

Vertical gardens: reconciling city with nature - DNAIndia.com

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Vertical garden

Exterior wall of Quai Branly Museum in Paris with vertical garden including Hosta, Buddleia, Heuchera, Corydalis, Peaonia, Centranthus, Hemerocallis, various ferns, etc.

Vertical garden closeup

Close-up view of polyamide felt layer attached to PVC sheet backing in the vertical garden system of Patrick Blanc.  This picture is from an earlier installation of the system in the experimental garden at the chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire, near Blois,  southwest of Paris.

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