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Rooftop Ideas for Grounded Gardeners

On my quick skip to Toronto in June, one of my favorite excursions was to the innovative, socially-conscious
Hugh Garner Housing Co-op, where a rooftop garden greets the skyline.
Hugh Garner Housing Co-op roof garden Central Texas Gardener
Up here, residents don’t have to leave home to enrich their spirits with the sights and scents of a garden.
roof garden raised planters Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
Wildlife quickly made it home, too. Clusters of plants and diverse species ensure that somebody’s always on tour.
roof garden Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
Designed for mobility access, I can easily see these raised beds complete with seats in a grounded garden. You can prune or plant with ease, or just sit around, cool drink in hand.
roof garden raised beds Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
And like grounded gardeners, why dine inside when airy, shading arbors invite a picnic in your own little park?
roof garden arbor Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
roof garden arbor Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
roof garden raised beds Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
Raised beds make it easy for residents who want to get hands-on. Wherever we live, what a perfect solution for wheelchair access or folks no longer able to grub around on their knees! Plus, they’re ideal for soil-challenged gardeners or simply to spice up a flat grade.
roof garden raised beds access Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
Little rolling cart gardens are such a great idea for any small space gardener. Move them out to sun in winter and into shade in summer. Rain bomb coming just as you seeded? Wheel them out of the drowning zone. Plus, they’re easy to cover when hard freezes are forecast.
roof garden rolling cart gardens access Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
To water resourcefully, the designers constructed a storm management system to collect 1000 cubic feet of rainwater under a paver walkway.
roof top garden water collection Hugh Garner Housing Co-op Central Texas Gardener
Back on the ground in Toronto, this gardener topped her cute shed with sedges, grasses and other plants I can’t possibly identify!
roof garden on shed Central Texas Gardener
roof garden sedges grasses Central Texas Gardener
To simply grow up to the roof, on their patio they fabricated trellises from scavenged finds to cool and soften the brick exterior.
patio trellises cool down wall Central Texas Gardener
Thank you to Ontario organizers, Helen Battersby, Sarah Battersby, Lorraine Flanigan and Veronica Silva for widening my garden horizons and friendships!

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Thanks for stopping by! More on my adventures soon! Linda

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