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Old 11-15-2007, 10:40 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Vertical Gardens - Living Walls

Here's an idea for gardening in a small space: go vertical!

Patrick Blanc appears to be a pioneer in the field:


Marché des Halles in Avignon

Patrick has also done all of these:







Patrick Blanc also did the exterior garden walls (or mur végétal) at The Museé du Quai Branly:





This company, ELT, makes "Living Walls":





Wikipedia basically says:

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[In vertical gardens,] plants are rooted in fibrous material anchored to a wall. Water trickles down between the sheets and feeds moss, vines and other plants. Bacteria on the roots of the plants metabolize air impurities such as volatile organic compounds.
Pretty neat idea!
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Old 11-16-2007, 12:19 AM   #2
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Wow. I would love my interior walls to look like that!
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:59 AM   #3
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I know... Isn't this amazing? It kind of opens your eyes to this whole new world of growing potential. It turns the whole notion of needing a yard on its head. How cool would it be to have an entire wall of your house or office building transform into a green, succulent garden? I wonder how hard this is to do...
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:09 PM   #4
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These designs are listed in MAK Vertical Garden Competition - Videoları Izle ve Indir and they grow slowly because of gravitation...
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Old 11-16-2007, 04:27 PM   #5
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Wow, this was on Stumble Upon, and I had to register so I could tell you how totally amazing this is to me.

I wonder what it's like in the fall and winter...

I wonder if the garden is removeable.... for off seasons.

I bet it's cooling.

I just LOVE it! Thank you SO much!
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These designs are listed in MAK Vertical Garden Competition - Videoları Izle ve Indir and they grow slowly because of gravitation...
I didn't "get" the video -- It didn't seem to be about vertical gardening...
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Removable panels would be great. Have them outdoor in the summer and in the winter bring them inside and put them on your inside walls.
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Found a reference to the Parabienta Green Wall from the Shimizu Corporation:






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Shimizu Corp., a major Japanese construction company, and Minoru Industrial Co., an agricultural machinery manufacturer, co-developed and are marketing "Parabienta," a light-weight and low-cost wall greening system. The Parabienta wall greening system combines panel-type planting units to form a wall. Different combinations of panel unit patterns and the selection of various plants allow flexibility in wall design.


The culture soil that forms the base of the planting unit is a unique compound that forms a solid but lightweight mass when heated, and comes in the shape of 5-centimeter thick sponge-like sheet of polyester-blended soil that has been heated with steam and molded. It has excellent water retention and drainage properties, and various kinds of plants can grow on this lightweight, shallow planting base. This culture base is the key to making this the world's most lightweight and inexpensive unit-type wall greening system.
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Other companies in the business include Germany's Indoor Landscaping:




...And BC's G-SKY:



(thanks to Treehugger for the G-SKY and Indoor Landscaping articles)

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wow... I'm in shock. I would like to try and make my own. Problem is making it light weight...
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