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Old 12-07-2007, 12:01 PM   #1
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Rooftop gardens from around the world

When space is limited, sometimes a gardener must take to the roof. Around the world resourceful gardeners are turning what would otherwise be an overlooked and underutilized area into a place of beauty and serenity. Plus, you'd be amazed at the amount of fruit and vegetable you can coax out of these small spaces.



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This garden is part of a spa/health club complex in the Embarcadero section of San Francisco. When there is limited green space in a downtown area, sometimes you've just got to create it.


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A playful and sprawling rooftop garden at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, Japan.


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This is a sixth floor rooftop garden at St. Luke's International Hospital in Akashi, Tokyo.


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Waking up to this Seattle, Washington garden can make you forget that you actually live in a bustling city!


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A gorgeous herb garden in Southern California. Looks like they're producing enough in this space to keep the whole neighborhood in herbs.


Another beautiful example of carving out some green space in an urban area is the City Hall building in Chicago.

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In an effort to save energy and funds on cooling costs in the summer, a green roof was installed on the City Hall building in 2000. This private garden now grows thousands of plants in more than 150 species, and saves the city $5000 annually on utility bills!


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While the garden is not open to the public (except the occasional tour group) it is visible from nearby office buildings.


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The growers of this Senegalese garden produce an income by cultivating several varieties of mint, as well as a host of other edibles.


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These London residents turned a drab parking structure into a lovely little gathering place. It does an amazing job of breaking up the monotony of brick and concrete while adding some bursts of color to the surroundings.


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While this may not be a traditional garden, I couldn't resist including a photo of these trees growing atop an Italian building. It appears to be possible to grow anything on your rooftop!

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What a wonderful example of urban gardening answers. As the grounds supervisor of the oldest chartered hospital in the City Of Chicago I am aware of the surge in rooftop gardening.

The Mayors office is totally committed to the efforts. The city is offering $5000.00 grants to Business and now I believe individuals who are willing to plant a green roof.

This year we converted a concrete rooftop patio in to a container garden area. I posted about it in my blog you can see the pictures and read about it here.
Roof Top Garden Project | Glenns Garden

I will be attending a seminar this January about green roofs and we plan to apply for a grant next year to help further develop our rooftop garden.

Great post and wonderful pictures one of the many benefits of this forum.
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That is so cool.
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These pictures are amazing. i live in an apartment that has a concrete back patio and these pictures are giving me ideas of how to divide the space and what to plant.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:26 PM   #5
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I love this thread!

When I lived in London there was a building on Goswell Road that always caught my attention in the spring because there were tubs and tubs of daffodils on the narrow balcony...

Some years later I ended up renting the flat to which it was connected, and I began to take care of them. It was sooooo great.



Sadly I didn't have a very good camera then, and for some reason all my images turned out with a heavy yellow tinge...

This doesn't show how far the daffodils extended. Darn!
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Great Thread...i wish i discovered it sooner!
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