Thursday, August 30, 2012

Vertical Garden Sighting: U.K.

Taking a short break from my travels in Italy to report on a ...

Vertical Garden ~ M&S  
 [Photo Wikipedia]
Marks and Spencer has installed a green wall on the facade of the contemporary storefront in Norwich, England:  Architectural Design by Benoy includes an extension and refurbishment to the existing store.
In this instance, the sustainability 'Plan A' policy developed by M&S is represented in part by the wall's expansive plantings. What do you think of the concept?


  1. I think it's good that they're trying to increase some greeness in the world...

    1. Hi there!
      it's always interesting to see how a green wall grows and is maintained.
      Stay tuned:-]

  2. I'm always amazed by these garden walls. I've never seen one firsthand, but they're fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello PP
      These projects do seem to be becoming ever more popular.
      Maybe you'll be telling me about one in your area one day!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog - and for the interesting stuff on yours. The concept of vertical gardens is rather popular in England. Outside the National Gallery last year was a huge garden wall depiction of a Van Gogh painting/ It was really remarkable, and I was fascinated by it.

    1. Hi Jenny,

      I saw photos of the garden wall you mention, but missed seeing it in person.
      London is one of my favorite cities and I try to visit often.
      Enjoyed you recent post on The Globe...

  4. Hello Alice:
    We have come to you via Jenny Woolf but have also known you through Edith Hope.

    Our gardening days are now over, unless one counts a few tastefully arranged pots on a walkway,but we are nevertheless still interested to read about gardens and all things horticultural especially when they are dealt with in such an imaginative and intelligent way as you clearly do.

    Who would have thought that M & S, or St. Michael as it was known to us for decades, would be in the vanguard of fashion? We have always avoided these stores like the plague but might well be tempted to enter the portals of a store with a living wall should we find ourselves in Norwich!!!

    We have signed ourselves immediately as Followers so as not to lose touch!

    1. Dear Jane and Lance,
      Wonderful to be connected...
      I've 'signed up' too, so as not to lose touch.

  5. I've enjoyed your pictures of Europe. Wall garden, looks great as long as it is really maintained. I'd hate to see what it looks like otherwise.

  6. Happy to share my travels in Europe,
    the living walls certainly need to be maintained, much as our own beloved gardens need TLC...
    Thanks for stopping to comment.
    I've enjoyed your posts, and like-minded passion for plants!