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Flowers and logs in green roof garden Contemporary Landscape, Seattle

Plants in the roof garden were selected to attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Douglas fir logs add habitat value as well.

The Watershed Company
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Mariana Pickering (Emu Building Science) added this to 6 Green-Roof Myths, Busted
Mark Garff at The Watershed Company in Seattle has a similar approach. The roof gardens in this photo were specifically designed to attract insects, particularly pollinators like bees, he says. "We created additional planting depth to increase species diversity,” he says.This means that a green roof can act as an extension of the natural landscape on and around the site. The roof then becomes part of a healthy and balanced microecosystem, supporting biodiversity."Long-term irrigation of a green roof is no more costly than any other planting area," he says. To offset the costs, the irrigation water can be harvested as rainwater, as is the case for the green roof in this photo.

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Heidi Mehltretter added this to Green roof
Mark Garff at The Watershed Company in Seattle has a similar approach. The roof gardens in this photo were specifically designed to attract insects, particularly pollinators like bees, he says. "We created additional planting depth to increase species diversity,” he says. This means that a green roof can act as an extension of the natural landscape on and around the site. The roof then becomes part of a healthy and balanced microecosystem, supporting biodiversity. "Long-term irrigation of a green roof is no more costly than any other planting area," he says. To offset the costs, the irrigation water can be harvested as rainwater, as is the case for the green roof in this photo.
kristakares added this to Garden Ideas
Wow! This is definitely an "intensive" green roof. Very impressive!
Robert Akerblom added this to Green building
The need for irrigation is cut down considerably with these features. In fact, many green roofs require no additional water once they are established. They become an integral part of nature's water cycle for that particular site. "If we begin to think about each site as self-regenerative and consider closed-loop cycles for our water, I assure you we would be further away from the increasing desertification of our landscapes," Boyter says. "Green roofs, living architectural systems, are a tool to increase the quality of our lives as well."

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