What are vertical gardens?

The concept of vertical gardens began dates back to 600 BC with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. But the concept of creating green space in urban environments has recently been experimented with, notably in 1988 by French botanist Patrick Blanc who sought a way of creating a garden without dirt. Patrick noticed that the walls weight approximately 30kg and that any type of wall would be able to support the weight.

Vertical gardens (also known as green walls, sky farms or living walls) are similar to green roofs and made of complex biological systems composed of living plants that allow for planting in the least conventional and smallest of spaces (like city living). Vertical gardens are usually part of a building and consist of some sort of vegetation. Alongside being marvels to look at (like the Hanging Gardens), the vertical gardens can filter clean air into a building it is growing on and bring life to any building. The gardens can be grown on just about any type of wall (indoors and outdoors) and with or without soil and support hundreds of varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Here are just some of the benefits of vertical gardens:

-Less soil preparation
-Less weeding and pots
-More space
-Improved air circulation
-Saves time and work
-Plant variety

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