When I walk around Aoyama, I often spot vertical gardens here and there. This new way of greening of town is definitely increasing and I think it’s becoming a trend. Practically, boutiques, restaurants and cafes are adopting this lovely greenery on their façade or inside walls.
Vertical gardens are easy on the environment. They not only make the look of the buildings fascinating, but are effective against the heat island phenomenon. For example, they protect buildings from being exposed direct sunlight and prevent a rise in wall temperatures. According to a report of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, vertical gardens have created at least about 55 ha of greenery in the last 13 years in Japan.
|Plants at Kazahana cafe are very energetic!|
As far as I know, we can see one of the oldest vertical gardens at Kazahana in Aoyama. Kazahana is a café on a back street, but it’s a Mecca for aspiring gardeners as well. The owner is a landscape designer who sometimes takes part in the Chelsea flower show and his designs have won awards. Over the years, plants on the wall have grown bigger and a bit wilder, though I like this place because it totally makes me forget about being in the middle of Tokyo.
|It looks like a entrance of a wonderland.|
My favorite vertical garden is the one at Santa Chiara church. It’s really amazing. The building is almost covered with plants and it looks like a green cave! I was so excited when I saw it and I bet it will wow you, too. Although this cave doesn’t give you a nature adventure, it offers you delicious and sweet experiences. Every time I visit this site, I never miss dropping by a Spanish chocolate shop, Cacao Sampaka, which is attached to the complex.
I have no idea what will be the weather like this coming summer, but no matter how hot it’ll be, with vertical gardens, our days might be much cooler than last year.
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