Got Nature in the Bag

January 31, 2010 by


Spotted recently at the Maison & Objet design fair in Paris, the clever and very au courant Bacsac flexible container system really piqued my interest. Constructed of double-walled polypropylene canvas, a “geotextile” fabric, they are lightweight yet strong, impervious to frost and sun, won’t tear and are 100% recyclable.  As the Bacsacs come folded flat, they are flexible and portable–great for city dwellers–hey, you can even take your plants away with you for the weekend.


Landscaper Louis de Fleurieu (aptly named) and designers Godefroy de Virieu and Virgile Desurmont’s system is perfect for urbanites whose spaces restrict them from planting in heavier containers. The over-the-balcony model slips over the railing:


The fabric containers are permeable, reducing soil erosion and making it similar to planting in the ground.




At the moment, the product is not yet available in the US, but please let me know of your interest as I’m looking into it.

  • Interesting. An easy way to create a raised bed without power tools.

  • First reaction – I like this! A promising line for many reasons – weight on roofs, balconies, etc. and ideal for renters. Are there drainage holes?? What is recommended as a soil mix and drainage materials? If there are no drainage holes, I’d pass on recommending to clients and market as a koi holding area (pond work or medical reasons).

  • This is fantastic!! I just taught a Small Space Gardening Class over the weekend and I wish I would have known about this product line. It could do booming business here in the NW. I wish it was available to be at our Northwest Flower and Garden Show this week, the booth would be swamped with attention.
    Christina Salwitz
    The Personal Garden Coach

  • Robin

    Barbara–re the draining holes–the containers are made of a permeable material so the manufacturer says the water drains naturally out the bottom. To those who have enquired, I am looking into the availability in the US and also into offering them for sale on my site. Do you think that would be a good idea?

  • I like these a lot but keep thinking they need to do them in other colours!!!!

  • sara k.

    I’d definitely be interesting in purchasing these—especially if you can get them to a reasonable price point. I’ve been looking into other plantable bags that are on the market. These are more attractive, but possibly more expensive.

  • Roberta P.

    These are great! I would definitely purchase when available in L.A.
    I have clay soil where I live and I use containers & pots.
    Other colors would be cool too!!!

  • I really like this idea and design. Gardener’s Supply does have some similar “bag gardens” available in the US. I used them last year and was very please with them. They are not as decorative as these ones though

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  • Very clever! So these arenâ??t shoes, but rather pots that look like them?

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