Kiki & Lala

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted on: August 9, 2009

While NYC boasts of many different recreational parks, having your own garden in this concrete wilderness would probably be asking for too much.  That was then.  In this time of thinking green, you can count on the creativity of new yorkers to bring nature closer to them.  If they can’t grow gardens in their non-existent backyards, why can’t they grow them in their roofs? 


Green Roofs, as they are popularly known, are encouraged in cities like New York. Apart from realizing the potential of your unused roof, green roofs actually serve as an insulation.  From what I’ve read, it envelopes your building preventing heat from escaping during the harsh new york winters. According to experts, heat loss occurs most at the top and bottom of buildings.  Green roofs prevent this from happening. In the hot and humid summers, green roofs absorb the heat of the sun preventing the heat from seeping inside.  So instead of working your a/c and heaters like horses, you can rely on your green roof to do some of the work.  


Goode Green Design and Installation is one of the many design firms that offer to design, landscape and install a garden on the rooftop of your pre-war brooklyn brownstone.  They’ve built a 20,000 square foot rooftop farm on a building in Brooklyn.  Here’s a short video showing you how Goode Greene managed to marry two starkly different concepts: urban and rural. 

I read that the city government is providing incentives in the form of tax credits and breaks for early pioneers of the green roof.  I think it’s amazing how even local restaurants are supporting this green initiative by purchasing their produce from these farms.  Why can’t we do this back home?


4 Responses to "How Does Your Garden Grow?"

the pollution here would choke the plants before they had a chance to flourish… that’s what i’m thinking…

I think the problem is that we don’t have the money to do it. The green roofs, if built in large quantities should combat pollution. But seriously, this is a great proposition. Why doesnt one of those attention hungry politicians take this as a cause.

would it be really expensive to put one up? why?

Well, these design and installation firms like Goode Greene would have to install new things to make sure that your roof can accommodate a garden or farm. Ans that in itself would be an investment. In NYC, the city government is providing incentives to off-set the costs.

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