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Inspiring Vertical Gardens

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I love what big Christmas tree does to my house during the holiday season. The smell of pine, the texture of the needles, the lights and ornaments—I love it all. Maybe it is the spirit of the holiday that is appealing, but I think there is more to it. Living 15 flights up in a NYC apartment building and surrounded by brick and concrete makes you crave a little vegetation.

So why reserve this brush with nature for just a few weeks in December? Houseplants are a great start, but what if I took it a step further and installed a green wall or vertical garden in my home? Could I actually live out my Where the Wild Things Are childhood fantasy of having a jungle in my apartment?

I might be jumping the gun a little. But the green wall industry is certainly growing. Check out this collection of vertical gardens—from outside walls to indoor installations—that are popping up all over the world. (See links below the jump.)

I'd love to see some green walls pop up in my neighborhood in 2012. And maybe in the not-so-distant future, I could have a green wall in my own little NYC apartment.

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1 Patrick Blanc is known as the king of urban greenscapes. His latest green wall creation, at Madrid’s newly opened Caixa Forum museum, has 15,000 plants of 250 different species.

2 Patrick Blanc’s most famous living wall at the Quai Branley Museum in Paris.

3 Story Interior G-O2TM Green Wall designed by Plant Connection “spans three floors in this NYC office building’s glass stairway, providing multiple levels of texture, color, and a more appealing and healthier environment.”

4 Green Living Technology’s herb wall offers a new twist to the windowsill garden for urban dwellers.

5 Singapore based Chang Architects unites concrete, glass, timber, steel and elements of nature like plants and trees. This house really does resemble a jungle.

6 Green Wall Designers Debbie Kotalic in coordination with Karen Brooks and supplied by GSky built this beautiful Green Wall in a dining room setting in a private home.

1-2. Patrick Blanc
3. Plant Connection
4. Green Living Technology
5. Chang Architects
6. GSky

Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.

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Comments (3)

  • Hey Francesca, as I'm sure you know, you don't have to have a massive wall or a famous designer to create a peaceful, stress reducing, joy inspiring vertical garden. There are lots of easy and relatively inexpenstive ways to accomplish an interior or exterior living wall of plants. Check out http://verticalgardeningsystems.com for some great ideas.

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