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FEBRUARY 24, 2009

Tall apartment building with roof gardens at various levels

Photo credit: Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association

Izz

Posted by: Izz
3:13pm

Have you ever seen a roof garden?

Dex

Posted by: Dex
3:18pm

What's that?

Izz

Posted by: Izz
3:21pm

Just what it sounds like: a garden on a roof! People have been planting them for hundreds of years. They're usually found on top of apartment buildings, but other kinds of buildings have them too.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
3:25pm

So people just throw some dirt and grass on top of their roof and let it grow?

Izz

Posted by: Izz
3:29pm

It's a little harder than that. Some people use soil and grass, but others use potted plants, and hydroponic roof gardens don't use soil at all.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
3:33pm

Hydro-what?!

Izz

Posted by: Izz
3:38pm

Hydroponics. It's a gardening method that uses nutrient solutions to help feed the plants and help them grow. No soil required!

Dex

Posted by: Dex
3:40pm

That sounds like a lot of work. Why would anyone want to plant a garden all the way up there, anyway?

Izz

Posted by: Izz
3:46pm

Well for starters, they give green space to people who don't have a yard or a park. They can also help keep buildings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Plus, butterflies and birds can live there!

Dex

Posted by: Dex
3:51pm

I've always wanted a pet butterfly. I will name him Keith. Let's go talk to your dad about his roof!