There is something worth a look in the nearby suburb of Camperdown – it’s the tallest green wall in Australia. This superb piece of landscape design is the creation of renown French artist and botanist, Patrick Blanc. The wall dominates the entire north face of the TRIO apartment building (cnr of Booth and Pyrmont Bridge rds), extending 33 metres high and 5 metres wide and is home to some 4500 individual plants chosen from over 70 species.
Maintenance of this epic vertical garden is no easy task and the landscapers responsible have incorporated impressive features into its design. A bespoke dripper-irrigation system draws water from a 36,000 litre tank that collects the building’s storm water run off. Fertiliser can be tested and fed through an automated process, and the irrigation system can be remotely accessed.
The TRIO vertical garden has set a global benchmark in vertical garden maintenance systems – meaning we may well be seeing more of these incredibly beautiful walls adorning concrete structures around town. Fingers crossed!