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Jul
18

Vertical Thinking

The concept of the ‘green wall’ dates back to 600 BC with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

The green wall was invented by Stanley Hart White at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1931-38. White holds the first known patent for a green wall, or vertical garden, conceptualizing this new garden type as a solution to the problem of modern garden design.

One of the biggest proponents of living, vertical walls is Patrick Blanc, a botanist, artist, author and modern innovator of the green wall.  Blanc’s vertical garden projects have brought growing plant life to public and residential walls with his life-long passion for vertical nature for which he has transformed drab concrete walls into refuges for biodiversity.

As a nation, we are moving to smaller gardens and courtyards so we have to find different and creative ways to fit that garden into a small space. Your choice of plants, herbs, succulents and materials are endless, and you don’t have to create a massive wall to make an impact.

Happy gardening my fellow green thumbs 🙂

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