Renowned Paris Botanist Grows Up: The Vertical Gardens of Patrick Blanc

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Renowned Paris Botanist Grows Up: The Vertical Gardens of Patrick Blanc
Patrick Blanc is regarded as the inventor of the vertical garden – stunning tapestries of natural green textures that are not only beautiful but also beneficial to the air we breathe. Born in 1953 in the aptly named Clinique des Fleurs in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Patrick Blanc was interested in the natural world from an early age. Blanc visited the tropical jungles of Malaysia and Thailand for the first time at the age of 19, where he was no doubt inspired by the rain-forest conditions he encountered there. Please see more via Patrick Blanc’s website here.

Lead photo credit : Quai-Branly-Jacques Chirac museum vertical garden by Patrick Blanc 13 years after its creation in June

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A freelance writer and amateur historian, Hazel knew she wanted to focus on the lives of French artists and femme fatales after an epiphany at the Musée d'Orsay. A life-long learner, she is a recent graduate of Art History from the University of Toronto. Now she is searching for a real-life art history mystery to solve.


  • Hazel Smith
    2020-08-09 09:26:27
    Hazel Smith
    Cheers Josee - nice to hear from a Toronto reader!


  • Josee Couture, Re/max Hallmark Realty Ltd.
    2020-08-08 01:20:24
    Josee Couture, Re/max Hallmark Realty Ltd.
    Absolutelty beautiful! I am a Toronto Master Gardener and a volunteer at the Toronto Botanical Garden and will share with my gardening network. They will love this!


  • Marilyn Brouwer
    2020-08-05 08:52:32
    Marilyn Brouwer
    Can't wait to get back to Paris for a complete tour of Patric Blanc's vertical gardens. Thanks Hazel for a fascinating article.


  • Michael James
    2020-07-31 02:27:40
    Michael James
    Nice. I knew about the relatively recent stuff but not that he began with that work at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, and in 1986 not long after I arrived to live in Paris! Curious coincidence. I just an hour ago finished watching, on Australian ABC television, Monty Don's French Gardens. It was the final episode of the series (from 2017) which had the theme of gardens and artists (Monet & impressionists, Cézanne & post-impressionism, Cubism) and almost the last segment was on Patrick Blanc which MD visited at Blanc's home in the south of Paris. It was the end of the journey from the formal gardens of Le Notre at Versailles to the current state of the art with Blanc.


  • Suzanne
    2020-07-30 09:07:49
    Every time I am in Paris I have to visit the living wall of plants at the Branly. I will look for Monsieur Blanc's other creations when next in Paris.