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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Checking up on Tacoma's Vertical Garden

French botanist, Patrick Blanc, is well known for his vertical garden designs and Tacoma is lucky to have one of his creations.  I was downtown on Saturday and decided to see what the garden looked like eight years after it's installation.  You can see images of how it originally looked here.

On the way, the plantmobile pulled over so that I could get a better look at this.  I've no idea who made it but it's pretty cool.



In a couple of minutes the plantmobile was at the Goodwill-Milgard Work Opportunity Center where the vertical garden is located.

Near the entrance.  Some people go to great lengths to keep plants warm in the winter.  (Really, these were just overflow items from the Goodwill donation station.)

While there are lots of evergreen elements, the vertical garden has some autumn color showing.


I couldn't figure out what the pink flowering plant was.  It was far too high to identify.  Maybe a miniature rose?

 Gardens evolve over time and the original lines have blurred.  Must remember to return during the growing season.

8 comments:

  1. I peeked at the completion photo from November 2009 and the one from the following year. Some lines have blurred, but overall the design held up really well. I wish there was a plant list... a spring or summer return visit would be good for comparison.

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  2. I love living walls - such a great concept!

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  3. It doesn't look too bad! Impressive, especially in your climate.

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  4. It looks like a fall garden. I am always in awe of these vertical gardens. I have enough trouble with a normal garden.

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  5. I like it in all the seasons. Got a chuckle out of the fan and the iron and your comment about the potted plants. :)

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  6. I usually see succulents in vertical gardens. This one is so substantial, and rather amazing.

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  7. Thanks for the update! Next you need to make a trip to Paris to check out his creations there...

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  8. All very cool, especially the Junkosaurus!

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