Vertical Gardens alias Bamboo Planter Boxes

Vietnamese Feng Shui has played a role in bringing the benefits of 'vertical gardens' and green roofs to 720 families who will eventually live in a high rise building in Ho Chi Minh City. The lush green 'vertical garden' facade on the 22 storey housing development will be achieved with the use of bamboo planter boxes. A large rooftop garden will provide residents with lots of private, nourishing green space and stunning views.

Ho Chi Minh city is predominantly a concrete jungle-the bamboo will not only provide a lush aesthetic to the building, it will also work as a protective screen. The plantings will offer privacy and protection to residents from the harsh sun, provide heat regulating properties and improve air quality in the city, as well as complement the expansive rooftop garden

Greenwalls and Vertical Gardens Rule!

This link is worth a click next time you take a coffee break- below is an extract (Sunday's ABC Sunday Extra- thank you, Jonathan Green.) A cognitive neuroscientist, Colin Ellard, is investigating the relationship between place and mind. Enter Greenwalls and vertical gardens folks. The good news for us is that by using Greenwalls and vertical gardens in the smallest of spaces, we can each benefit from 'marvellous physiological and psychological responses'. Well, I think we knew this already but it's reassuring to know that we are on the right garden path! Here's a taste of what Colin says but I encourage you to read the full article.

“Ideally, within about a five-minute walk of where you live, you should be able to get to some view of nature.”……….Colin Ellard, cognitive neuroscientist

Ellard and his colleagues are working to unfold 'what it is about those natural views that produces these marvellous physiological and psychological responses'.

'We know that even a relatively modest exposure, like sitting on a bench in a small urban parkette, can have as profound an effect on your psychology as being immersed in a deep forest,' he says.

'The idea is to design cities in such a way that as many people as possible have ready access to these natural environments. Ideally, within about a five-minute walk of where you live, you should be able to get to some view of nature.'

'But my suspicion is that in the long run we're going to discover that the most economic and effective way of producing these kinds of effects is to include natural elements in cities.'