Garden Apartment

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February 5, 2009
Originally published in Prefab Now

Botanist Patrick Blanc has been bringing the wilds of the rainforests to Parisian walls for over 30 years, most recently at the Jean Nouvel–designed Quai Branly museum. One lucky family, however, doesn’t have to go any farther than their living room to take in the wonders of Blanc’s vertical gardens. Oh how jealous Henri Rousseau would be!

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  The indoor garden wall Patrick Blanc created for his friends the Dimanches is so lush, it's almost as if someone has plopped an easy chair down in the middle of a forest.
    The indoor garden wall Patrick Blanc created for his friends the Dimanches is so lush, it's almost as if someone has plopped an easy chair down in the middle of a forest.
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  The Dimanches relax in their exotic living room.
    The Dimanches relax in their exotic living room.
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  The sun room features an exotic assemblage of tropical plants and ojbets de arte.
    The sun room features an exotic assemblage of tropical plants and ojbets de arte.
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  The family was eager to bring nature into every room of their city home.
    The family was eager to bring nature into every room of their city home.
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  The Dimanches' indoor garden wall is 20 by 23 feet, dominating the living room in the best possible way.
    The Dimanches' indoor garden wall is 20 by 23 feet, dominating the living room in the best possible way.
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  Light floods the whole house.
    Light floods the whole house.
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  The courtyard features a more standard garden.
    The courtyard features a more standard garden.
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