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Before and after: Rooftop Garden

April 27th, 2011 | Posted in Before & After, Garden Plans | 0 Comments |

A Roof with a View

The rooftop garden of a modernist house perched on the edge of downtown Minneapolis.

For me, a landscape does not exist in it’s own right, since it’s appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life— the light and air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects there true value. — Claude Monet

A garden isn’t fundamentally about plants, It’s place to escape to. To get away from the everyday, and maybe just connect with something bigger and greater. A garden is about mental space. And a rooftop garden I think embodies the essential characteristics of a place one can take refuge in and exist on another plane. Most often a higher one. With far views, plenty of air movement and bright light. Pure pleasure.

The entry to this garden rooftop is off the main living area. The owner requested that the wooden decking match the hue of the hardwood floors inside. A bright south-facing space—for sun-loving plants and people—that has pleasant views of neighboring gardens.

The design makes use of large round galvanized stock tanks, (used for feeding and watering livestock), light weight and maintenance-free, they provided an ideal look for a contemporary setting. In summer a planting combination of bold foliage plants with large scale—bananas, papyrus, elephant ears, grasses, and obelisks with climbing vines. Under-planted with finer textured foliage plants in colors of deep purples and Chartreuse greens. In winter varied evergreens, colorful woody stems; yellow and red dogwood, birch and large pine cones. This year-round  display and variety of arrangements is provided by the pot-scape team at Tangletown Gardens, and is also aided by a care-free automated watering system. Below is a look at the 2010 summer arrangement.


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