Thursday, September 25, 2008

THE GREEN ROOF HAPPENING

These photos were taken by Felder Rushing, our Mississippi, gardening guru. He loves green roofs. This first picture is his home. I love his yard. It is just full of all kinds of garden whimsy and unusual plants. I don't know if I would put a green roof on my house but maybe on a birdhouse. : )






33 comments:

The Brenda Blog said...

That's really an interesting concept! I don't know how well it works. I would think that the roof would stay sodden. But then, I'm sure he knows more about it than I do. It's truly beautiful though! Who wants to look at a plain roof after that?
Brenda

Skeeter said...

What fun roof's to have! The only green roof I am familiar with is the Italian restaurant Carrabba's. Cool roof to enter and great food to munch on...

Lib said...

Hi Eve,
Wow, thats neat ! Thanks for sharing ,love the idea.!
Hope you're having a great wk.
Blessins',Lib

Lancashire rose said...

I love the garden roofs. They are some of the best examples I have seen.

tina said...

He is so funny and neat! I saw him speak here in Nashville last year. Do you live nearby? He has a bottle tree too. I wrote to him asking for info and he actually responded. Did you know TC of the Write Gardener wrote the foreword of one of his books? Small world. That green roof with the river of flowers running thru it is beautiful.

Lucy Stern said...

Wow, who knew that you could grow so much on the top of a roof..It is beautiful.

Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

How spectacular! Only one question pops in my mind...How do you tend the flowers? By ladder?

Eve said...

Tina, I don't personally know him but he is quite famous here because he is a native son of Missisisppi. Give a listen to his radio show with Dr. Dirt. They are funny and very informative.

Felder's Show

~~ Melissa said...

I love the photos. The possibilities are endless. Logistics aside, imagine if even one city block turned itself over to green roof tops (if the structures allowed it). We could double the green space of the world, one block at a time!

tina said...

Thanks for the link Eve, I am going to be listening if I can figure out how to get it on my computer. I have it bookmarked for now.

Susie said...

I really like the idea of green roofs! His house looks really neat, all those pics do. I would like to try something like that but not on my main roof. Maybe a doghouse, if I had a dog.

JoyceAnn said...

Love this idea , they're beautiful. I wonder if they will cause the roof to rot.

Congrats on gift cert. win , I'm going to check-out that site.

~ Autumn Blessings ~
JoyceAnn

cinnamongirl93 said...

Very cool. I have read about the green rood. I know my hubby would say NO! The mailbox would be perfect! Hmmm, thanks for the idea!

Eve said...

nola..I wonder that myself. I do not care for ladders. : )

joyceann..I thought about that. There must be really, heavy duty plastic or something underneath. YOu know it would be heavy too. But at least it might keep my roof on, during the high winds we get here from time to time. LOL

walk2write said...

I wonder if Mr. Rushing keeps any goats to manage the plants' height and add some fertilizer? That may be taking green to the extreme. Anyway, it's very attractive and I'm sure keeps the house energy-efficient.

Rose said...

This is really unique. I love the look, but since I'm afraid of heights, my roof would turn into a weedy mess after awhile:) The dog house, though, is my favorite!

Cindy said...

Those are great! I love the variety of plants.

Meadowview Thymes said...

The Dallas Arboretum had a house like these. It was made around a tree during their "Tree House" event. It's gone now--it was my favorite and I miss it!
These are great pictures!

Julie said...

What a very awesome house and just all of the roofs involved! I love this. I wish sedum grew better here in south florida...these roofs would really catch on! Grass roofs would be good, if we just could get enough rain...but it would have to be something that would not require much other than rain here! I really enjoyed this post!!!

Dave said...

That is very cool! I've thought of doing that to a shed. They look great and add green space to what would have been dark heat attracting asphalt shingles.

Carla said...

LOVE IT!!! These pictures are inspiring (love the little dog house), some where I saw a chicken coop with a green roof that really looked do able.

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Max Boughner said...

Oh, looks like a forest in the subdivision! LOL! And LOL @ the last picture! Even the dog house has a green roof! I'm sure that Felder and his dog are always relaxed and comfortable with their homes!

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