Look up as you approach the Pavilion to find a living, green roof! The prairie extends to our roof, to blend into the beautiful Arboretum vistas and as an example of a low-impact structure.
Green roofs are alive with plants that supply similar ecosystem services as ground-level plant communities. Foliage and roots hold and filter stormwater that would otherwise runoff to other areas. Rooftop plants absorb more sunlight and heat while turning out habitat, food and water for wildlife, such as birds or insects.
However, green roofs require a thoughtful plan to accommodate certain plant communities without excessive maintenance. You can find recommended resources below.
2. growing medium or soil
3. filter cloth to prevent soil, or organic material
4. gravel or clay pellets for drainage
5. Filter cloth prevents roots from penetrating the roof membrane
6. roof membrane
Jelly Bean Sedum, White Stonecrop, Sedum album 'Coral Carpet'
Blue Spruce Sedum, Spruce-leaved Stonecrop, Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'
Six Sided Sedum Tasteless Stonecrop, Sedum sexangualare
Lanceleaf Sedum, Lanceleaf Stonecrop, Sedum lanceolatum
Dragon's Blood(tm) Sedum, Two-row Stonecrop, Sedum spurium 'Fuldaglut' or 'Schorbuser Blut'
Blue Grama, Bouteloua gracilis
Nodding Wild Onion, Allium cernuum
Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta
Golden Alexanders, Zizia aurea
Sky-blue Aster, Aster oolentangiensis
Silky Aster, Aster sericeus
Ohio Spiderwort, tradescantia ohiensis
Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa
Prairie Alumroot, Heuchera richardsonii
Old Field Goldenrod, Solidago nemoralis