Gardening Vertically: 24 Ideas for Creating Your Own Green Walls

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A recipe book for gardeners, from Patrick Blanc's innovative Green Wall to new techniques for domestic gardens.
“She’s done it! She’s written this book that invites us all to look upward and admire the plants that are above us . . . and which will never be crushed under our feet. . . . So put down your spades and rakes for a while, and get our your drills and staplers: they will plunge you into a whole new world!”—From the Foreword by Patrick ...

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Overview

A recipe book for gardeners, from Patrick Blanc's innovative Green Wall to new techniques for domestic gardens.
“She’s done it! She’s written this book that invites us all to look upward and admire the plants that are above us . . . and which will never be crushed under our feet. . . . So put down your spades and rakes for a while, and get our your drills and staplers: they will plunge you into a whole new world!”—From the Foreword by Patrick Blanc
Until recently the idea of vertical gardening was limited to growing climbing plants on walls and trellises, but it has been completely transformed in recent years through the impetus of Patrick Blanc, who invented the concept of the Vertical Garden, also known as the Mur Végétal, or Green Wall. Since then, many new developments have appeared (ready-made walls, small garden scenes, etc.). These are all techniques that Noémie Vialard presents in this book, paying particular attention to her friend Patrick Blanc’s concept and featuring the wall of aromatic plants he designed especially for her. Step-by-step photographs guide you through the different stages in the development of a wall like this for personal enjoyment. Following are twenty-four different ideas for vertical garden compositions, each beautifully rendered in Dominique Klecka’s illustrations with simple instructions to help you to create and maintain it yourself. Among the themes: foliage wall • mosquito repellent wall • aromatic herb wall • perfumed wall • wall of mosses • wall of ferns • black-and-white checkerboard wall • patchwork of succulents • circle of thyme • winter jasmine screen • wall of vegetables • and many more!

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Editorial Reviews

Reference & Research Book News
“[T]he text is sure to inspire gardeners of all levels working with vertical spaces in diverse locations and of varied sizes.”
ForeWord
“[W]ill appeal to lovers of houseplants as well as outdoor ornamental gardeners. It also has ideas geared to the kitchen garden.... The gardener concerned with space limitations, landscaper looking to add the appeal of vertical components, and amateur eager to try new growing ideas will all find something of interest in this book.”
Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Vialard provides clear instructions on how to assemble striking combinations of plants and construct the necessary framework to encourage climbing and clinging.”
Portland Book Review
“This book does a wonderful job of showcasing the versatility of this type of garden. . . . This book will appeal to the garden artist seeking inspiration. It will also benefit landscape designers and installation crews.”
Garden Design Journal
“[O]ffers a source of inspiration, and a starting point, for the opportunities that green walls present within a garden.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393733709
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/9/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 690,035
  • Product dimensions: 4.88 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Noémie Vialard is a journalist and passionate writer about nature, plants—wild and cultivated—natural gardens and green cuisine. She gardens, ecologically of course, in Brittany.

Patrick Blanc holds a PhD in botany. He lives in Paris.

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