Growing Up With Vertical Gardens

January 26, 2014

The following is a short photo summary of a new trendy way to be green in tight urban situations. It is growing gardens in a new direction, literally, vertical. These vertical gardens can be very formally designed, all green plants or beautiful colored flowered plants, or they can be simply staged and just as amazing.

Many different people; designers, landscape architects, botanists and environmentalists have all came up with their take on vertical gardens. One person is credited with inventing the concept and he is Patrick Blanc from France. He is a botanist and a doctor.

The main reason for vertical gardens is simply to improve energy usage while, of course, having all the benefits of any living vegetation.

Here is a look at many different variations:

Vertical Garden from Buzz Feed Vertical Garden from

Hellgren Interior of Natura Towers Lobby in Lisborn

Madrid Caixa Forum exterior wall of former power station

Musee du Quai Branly in Paris by Architect, Jean Nouvel

Pont Max Juvenal, highway overpass by Patrick Blanc

Recycled bottles filled with soil and herbs at a family home in Sao Paulo by Rosenbaum

Taipei Taiwan

Backyard vertical garden on CommunityGardening.Blogspot

This was just a small sampling of what a little innovation can do and how good it can look to go “green”.

Resources: BlogSpot, Buzzfeed, GizMag, Country Living, Garden Design, Patrick Blanc



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.