Rooftop Gardens & Urban Farmers

A great way to bring a bit of nature into city living is having a rooftop garden. People usually think of rooftop city gardens as only being in New York City. Usually places used to hold cocktail parties. But rooftop gardening is nothing new, it has been seen in the Hanging Garden of Babylon to the Kensington Roof Garden in London , England.

The popularity of roof gardens have grown in many other cities in the United States as well. Even people in Vancouver, B.C. are joining in on rooftop gardening too. From hotels, restaurants to local organizations. I think that is a great use of extra space and a way to add a bit of green space. It may even help clean the air too.

englandrtgarden2Photo credit: Risc’s Rooftop Garden.

Another successful rooftop garden comes from England. The one pictured here is of Risc’s edible roof garden. The garden is complete with over 120 species of edible and medicinal trees, shrubs, vines and plants from around the globe. You can read more about the place here.

Rooftop gardens are usually seen as ornamental gardens, but the idea of growing your own food is gaining popularity. A great organization based out of Vancouver, B.C. by the name of City Farmer’s has a collection of stories about their work in Vancouver, Canada, and about urban farmers from around the world.

Continue reading post here.

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4 Comments »

  1. Gina said

    I used to think of just a small planting area for my garden, but seeing this made me think that it should also be a place that we could sit and relax as well. I need to come up with a good layout for my new garden, thanks for this post, very inspiring.

  2. George Thomas said

    Roof gardening is a splendid idea. I and Becky, my wife started a different sort of roof gardening system. We planted the beans plant on the ground below and directed the wine to the roof with ropes and making it spread over the expanse of the roof. This worked out really well for us. We plan to plant some vegetables and flowering plants on the roof itself and extend our garden. This is a very relaxing and educating experience too.

    • George Thomas said

      Roof gardening is a splendid idea. I and Becky, my wife started a different sort of roof gardening system. We planted the beans plant on the ground below and directed the vine to the roof with ropes and making it spread over the expanse of the roof. This worked out really well for us. We plan to plant some vegetables and flowering plants on the roof itself and extend our garden. This is a very relaxing and educating experience too.

    • cambree said

      Hi George,

      That’s a neat idea you are doing with the plants. The beans are real climbers! Good luck on your roof top gardening. Thanks for visiting Cambree Notes.

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