In a video interview for Dezeen, green-haired French botanist (why aren't all botanists green-haired?) Patrick Blanc talks about his vertical gardens at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Blanc explains that he had already worked with PAMM's architects, Herzog & de Meuron, on the verdant exterior wall of the CaixaForum arts center years ago in Madrid. At PAMM, dozens of columns covered with 80 different species of plants are suspended from the building's large, overhanging roof, as if the world had been turned upside down. Blanc says he chose hardier plants that could put up with blazing sun, hurricanes and salty air for the plants on the columns' outward sides and "shade-loving" varieties for plants facing the museum.
Unnatural as they may seem, PAMM's vertical gardens are actually greener than typical gardens because they are watered from rainwater collected on the roof. Any water the plants don't drink is salvaged and recycled, rather than soaked up by soil. For the full interview, do click here.
· Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens At PAMM Create Living Walls [Dezeen]
· Previous Pérez Art Museum Miami coverage [Curbed Miami]