Despite the number of parks we're lucky enough to have around here, spending your days among the cement paths and buildings of the city can still leave you longing for more greenery. If you get that feeling, you're not alone. The past decade has shown gardens popping up everywhere, from rooftops to the sides of buildings and anywhere in between. The trend doesn't seem to be waning, either, as these unexpected pops of green are not only a welcome change to the typical concrete jungle, but could be the answer to providing locally grown sustainable food to city dwellers, where the space for traditional gardening methods may not exist.
The vertical garden has been a growing trend (excuse the pun) in design over the past several years, and we have Patrick Blanc to thank for it. The French botanist-cum-artist invented the concept back in the 80s, and his lush, green planted walls have since popped up on buildings from Paris to New Delhi... and soon, San Francisco. Slated to be the largest outdoor vertical garden display in the US, Blanc will begin work on the exterior of the Drew School's new performing arts building in Pac Heights this month.