The View from the Green Roof

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    • The living roof of BBG's Visitor Center absorbs and filters rainwater. Photo by Blanca Begert.The living roof of BBG's Visitor Center absorbs and filters rainwater. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Koeleria macrantha on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert. Koeleria macrantha on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • A dragonfly lands on Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover). Photo by Blanca Begert.A dragonfly lands on Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover). Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover) in the foreground of the living roof landscape. Photo by Blanca Begert.Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover) in the foreground of the living roof landscape. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem) on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert. Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem) on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) growing on the Visitor Center's Living Roof. Photo by Blanca Begert. Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) growing on the Visitor Center's Living Roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover) on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover) on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Barry Rogers is the curator of BBG’s Lilac Collection, Overlook, and Visitor Center green roof.
Barry Rogers is the curator of BBG’s Lilac Collection, Overlook, and Visitor Center green roof.
    • A milkweed bug crawls across the leaf of Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed). Photo by Blanca Begert.A milkweed bug crawls across the leaf of Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed). Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Penstemon digitalis (beardtongue) on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.Penstemon digitalis (beardtongue) on the Visitor Center's living roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • The pleated copper roof of the BBG's Visitor Center. Photo by Blanca Begert. The pleated copper roof of the BBG's Visitor Center. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    • Sporobolus heterolepis on the Visitor Center green roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.Sporobolus heterolepis on the Visitor Center green roof. Photo by Blanca Begert.
    Now in its second summer, the Visitor Center’s green roof is coming into its own. The plants, mostly native grasses and flowering perennials, create the impression of a meadow in the treetops. Butterfly weed and prairie clover dot the landscape with splashes of bright color. Though the roof is inaccessible to the public, it swoops low enough to be viewed from street level, and you can get a full view from the Overlook. I was lucky enough to get a tour with curator Barry Rogers to photograph some of the plants and wildlife mid-summer. Enjoy the roof in this sunny moment. You’ll see it looking completely different in the fall!


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    October 24, 2013
    Ana Llamas

    Beautiful view.



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