Raising ordinary to new heights

When Milan’s extraordinary Bosco Verticale apartment tower needs its greenery trimmed, there’s only one team to call – the ‘flying gardeners’.


Preserving Milan’s revolutionary Bosco Verticale takes more than a watering can and some secateurs. And it takes more than your typical residential gardener. The men that keep this ‘Vertical Forest’ thriving have to abseil from 110m above the city to do so.

Expert climbers and arboriculturists, they combine their passion for horticulture with the kind of acrobatics that have earned them the nickname: ‘the flying gardeners’.

Like the gardeners that keep this urban forest flourishing, discover how Vistra take care of the ordinary side of business so you can make the extraordinary possible.

Extraordinary bosco

Going the extra mile

Leaping from terrace to terrace, the flying gardeners truly go above and beyond to trim, prune and water the 20,800 trees and shrubs that give the towers their name.

These extraordinary residential buildings were designed by architecture firm, Boeri Architetti.

Led by architect-in-chief, Stefano Boeri, the studio’s vision was to incorporate nature into high-rise living to increase biodiversity in urban areas.

And with the two Bosco Verticale towers, they created 30,000 m2 of green space on just 3,000 m2 of land. To put their achievement in perspective, a typical urban-reforestation development on this scale, would swallow the equivalent of 75,000 m2 of family homes.

Extraordinary extra mile

Attention to detail

The Bosco’s foliage absorbs an incredible 19,958 kilograms of carbon each year from the atmosphere. And the buildings themselves are engineered to be completely self-sufficient; solar panels provide renewable energy, and filtered waste water sustains the plant life.

Alongside the 300 human residents, are dozens of animal species, including 1,600 birds and butterflies. With 60 varieties of trees and 94 varieties of plants the towers are a biodiverse haven for flora and fauna from across the city.

The flying gardeners work all-year round to keep this unusual habitat thriving. And as the seasons change, their hard work is rewarded by an extraordinary spectacle, as the building transforms from shades of green to orange and red.

That’s what we call adding extra to the ordinary.

Extraordinary sustainability

Achieve extraordinary with our extra level of service

Like the gardeners, architects and engineers giving their extra to make an extraordinary building possible, our 5,000+ corporate and fund service specialists always go the extra mile; taking care of the ordinary side of business to help our clients reduce their risk and grow more efficiently.

Their ambition is to help businesses perform the extraordinary – whether developing new technology, investing impactfully, or growing sustainably.

Discover how our specialist sector teams in corporate, private equity, real estate, capital markets, and private wealth, can add an extra level of expertise and support for you or your business.


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