Synopses & Reviews
Patrick Blanc, an artist with a green thumb, 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-color 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.
[D]ream-like constructions of a modern-day Henri Rousseau, whose single-minded botanical pursuit has become an art form.[O]f equal value and interest to the serious horticulturist and botanist, artist, landscape and garden designer, architect and engineer'beautifully produced.[A] must for anyone who wants to create a magnificent arrangement of plant life'This book is fascinating'.[T]here should be a vertical garden on every block of every city in the world. -- Dominique Browning
[B]eautifully conveys and illustrates the fruits of Blanc"s lifelong passion.Besides charm, Blanc infuses The Vertical Gardenwith generosity. He reveals his methods for creating vertical gardens, from building the armature'to his selection and arrangement of plant species'.Blanc attempts a critical eye, elucidating the poetry of his work and his oeuvre"s prospects for changing architectural vocabulary. -- David Sokol
[E]xquisite'.filled with gorgeous photos and plenty of practical insights, and is recommended both for general-interest libraries strong in home and garden design and for college-level art collections strong in architecture.Will have wide appeal both to amateur gardeners who are interested in innovat[ion]...and to students and practitioners of garden design'[C]omprehensively illustrated'.thorough and fascinating.[D]eserves a place on the gardeners bookshelf'.[T]he ideas and techniques for installation are applicable anywhere. -- Jacqueline Soule
Patrick Blanc, an artist with a green thumb, has created dozens of his admired botanical tapestries in public and private spaces around the world, including the Marith
The secrets of plants that cling, grip, and climb, from the inventor of the vertical garden.
His creations reflect natural habitats around the world from waterfalls to river banks, rocky outcrops and forest understoreys'.Stunning photography.
About the Author
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.