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The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City Hardcover – August 17, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393732592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732597
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 0.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[D]ream-like constructions of a modern-day Henri Rousseau, whose single-minded botanical pursuit has become an art form.” (The New York Times)

“[O]f equal value and interest to the serious horticulturist and botanist, artist, landscape and garden designer, architect and engineer…beautifully produced.” (BBC Gardens Illustrated)

“[A] must for anyone who wants to create a magnificent arrangement of plant life…” (The Midwest Book Review)

“This book is fascinating….[T]here should be a vertical garden on every block of every city in the world.” (Dominique Browning - The New York Times)

“[B]eautifully conveys and illustrates the fruits of Blanc’s lifelong passion.” (Landscape Architecture Australia)

“Besides charm, Blanc infuses The Vertical Garden with 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 - GreenSource)

“[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.” (Bookwatch)

“Will have wide appeal both to amateur gardeners who are interested in innovat[ion]...and to students and practitioners of garden design…” (The Reckless Gardener)

“[C]omprehensively illustrated….thorough and fascinating.” (EcoTech)

“[D]eserves a place on the gardeners bookshelf….[T]he ideas and techniques for installation are applicable anywhere.” (Jacqueline Soule - Explorer)

“His creations reflect natural habitats around the world from waterfalls to river banks, rocky outcrops and forest understoreys….Stunning photography.” (The Age)

About the Author

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

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Smarty on October 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Saw him live. Funny man and a genius in his own rights. The book is a bit of a dry read and the design is disappointing. Not user friendly in regards to extract the "know how" to create your own vertical garden. If you're patient, it's content heavy. I would've liked more technical information on how to make it myself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Steiner on March 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is quite excellent, and far more than a travelogue or fashion shoot. In fact, it is more than one book, but rather three very different books: First, an autobiographical sketch on how an only child in France who liked tropical fish became an accomplished botanist and subsequently an innovator in garden design. If you are inclined to listen the story is well-told and interesting. Second is a well-illustrated work of popular botany, on the subject of plants all over the world that tolerate or prefer a vertical life, on cliffs, banks, boulders, buildings, and many other places. (As an aside, I appreciated that Prof. Blanc was clear-eyed about the topic of climate change, and appreciated the complexity of the matter.) Not all of the photographs in this section are stellar, but it is often clear that Blanc was at the moment covered in sweat and perched rather uncomfortably in a place that few people go. (There are too many photos of Blanc himself as well. He is, incidentally, odd-looking.) Third, the book is a catalog of the vertical gardens Blanc has designed, mainly in France but in places as varied as New York and Bangkok as well. As another reviewer noted, the photos here are over-saturated in places, but still very good. I wanted more of them, from more angles, and especially in more seasons. There is a general description of the structures Blanc uses, from the PVC, the structure it is attached to, and the two layers of synthetic felt (he uses polyamide = nylon) with horizontal cuts in the top layer with staples around the soil. There are photos of the works in progress. Note that his plants are fed by an automated system that looks very expensive; home gardeners will need to design something simpler for themselves that drips from above.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A different type of garden, designed for an area where real estate is invaluable, "The Vertical Garden: The Nature of the City" is Patrick Blanc's look at these creations that can be created in almost any urban setting. To the city they bring a visually pleasing image in an area where people only ever see is asphalt and concrete. The gardens can range from any height, from half a story tall to slowly growing up the sides of skyscrapers. Covering the history and skills involved in creating such gardens, "The Vertical Garden" is a must for anyone who wants to create a magnificent arrangement of plant life and doesn't have much horizontal to work with.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Norma G. Leistiko on September 21, 2009
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I viewed by chance the book "The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City." I was stunned at the beauty of the buildings shown with entire green growing floors and growing plants creeping up the entire side of the building. Details of how to construct the ladder up which these plants grow and how they can receive water even during dry weather is simple yet profound. The effect of seeing these buildings, all over the world, is stunning. The concrete jungle can disappear and the increase in oxygen and decrease in carbon dioxide can be extremely affected with these techniques. Of course that is to say nothing about the beauty of the building. The growing plants up the side of a building or throughout an entire floor or even roof top has got to be the best idea for city dwellers and workers to breathe easier! Imagine a city covered in plants instead of cement!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean Stoddart on September 28, 2010
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I've never enjoyed gardening but was captured by Patricks use of plants to bring life into architecture. As a resident of Dubai I was searching for ways to bring more colour into my dry surroundings and this book is the answer. This isn't a how to book, but presents a history of how the vertical garden idea evolved. It also contains a lot of content and isn't just glossy pictures. I just love it and already have plans to build my first vertical garden...
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