Speaking of vertical, Flavorwire published an informative review of some vertical gardens around the world. Both buildings and walls (aka living walls, green walls) fit into their definition of vertical gardens.
The one above is a rendering of one of the Plantagon designs. In this view, you can see the spiral garden housed inside the greenhouse structure. The plants start at the top and end up at the bottom as fresh food.
My initial assumption was that this was a hydroponic greenhouse since most of the projects like this are. I overlooked the fact that the growing method is ebb and flow sub-irrigation. The potted plants growing in solid media are sitting on capillary matting as they ride down the spiral greenscape. Most interesting!
What we like to think of as the greatest French invasion since Ladurée opened its doors on Madison Avenue, Patrick Blanc’s revolutionary mur végétal was installed at The New York Botanical Garden last month. Described as “mesmerizing and seductive,” the Orchid Show is not only the nation’s largest exhibition of the mysterious, exotic plant, but it’s also one of the few places in the States where you can experience what Time Magazine called one of The 50 Best Inventions of 2009: the vertical garden. Read more...