Blanc’s Bronx Vertical Garden

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Patrick Blanc's cube installation at the New York Botanical Garden.

Patrick Blanc's cube installation at the New York Botanical Garden. (AN/Stoelker)

As architects like Herzog & de Meuron and Jean Nouvel tap into the potential of vertical gardens, they’ll often seek the expertise of Patrick Blanc. For the past thirty years Blanc developed vertical gardens while researching adaptive strategies of plants at the National Center for Sceintific Research in France. His research of plant growth in nature’s more hostile environs, such as hanging off of stone cliffs or springing from rocks next to waterfalls, has yielded a uniquely urbanistic solution for gardening. For the next ten days there’s a small window of opportunity left to see the work of Blanc at its most luxurious. The botanist designed the New York Botanical Garden‘s annual Orchid Show which ends on April 22. As a bonus, this also happens to be the moment that the Gardens’ 250 acres are at the height of their springtime burst.

Blanc's work with Jean Nouvel at the Quai Branle Museum in Paris.

Blanc's work with Jean Nouvel at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. (Courtesy verticalgardenpatrickblanc.com)

Openings at the top of the cube.

Openings at the top of Blanc's cube.

The vertical garden cube shows the potential for creating garden rooms.

The cube's exterior

A vertical wall sits at the center of the rotunda in the Haupt Conservatory.

A vertical wall sits at the center of the rotunda in the Haupt Conservatory.

One of the hundreds of orchid varieties.

A side view of one of the orchid walls.

 

The gardens on Wednesday.

The gardens.

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