Vertical Garden Institute

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Vertical Garden Institute

Dedicated to promoting vertical gardens


The Vertical Garden Institute  had its first event, a seminar at the Grand Opening of the Singer Hill Art Garden, on July 18, 2010.  The seminar was presented by the Institute’s founder, Philip Yates.  Yates is the owner (with his wife Vicki) of the Singer Hill Building and the Singer Hill Cafe.

Yates began researching vertical gardens in the winter of 2007, after seeing a huge vertical garden, designed by Patrick Blanc, on a five-story museum under construction in Madrid, Spain.

Patrick Blanc’s book “Vertical Gardens” includes a brief section on vertical garden design. Blanc’s book makes it clear that his technique is to grow plants between layers of cloth, staple the plants in place on sheets of expanded pvc, and use hydroponics to feed the plants.  However, Blanc’s book leaves many unanswered questions.  The Institute’s mission is to answer those questions with science-based research.



Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.