About the Green Building's Green Roof

Jan 08 , 2009

The green roof is extensive:

(4" of a unique soil composed of expanded shale and humus).
The plants are mostly sedum since they are the most drought-resistant and the most able to adapt to shallow soil.
* Sedum spurium 'John Creech'
* Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood'
* Sedum sexangulare
* Phedimus 'Golden Carpet'
* Sedum album
The modern and bold design for the roof depicts a Norwegian symbol for the sun and the creativity and the dynamism of solar energy.

The rain garden is anchored by two strong, native trees which typically grow in moist and low-lying area. Nyssa sylvatica (Blackgum or Tupelo) and Taxodium distichum (or Bald Cypress) and is under-planted with Chasmanthium latifolium (or River Oats) The rain-garden is in progress and new plants will be slowly added and I plan on sowing native seeds to naturalize the

River oats is the theme for the entire building's design - a strong visual band that unifies the whole area. It is highly-adaptable and tolerant of difficult situations, wet soil, drought, sun or shade. The Betula nigra (river birches) close to Market Street offer both height and scale for the expanse of brick, road and parking lot and visual interest at eye-level with their beautiful exfoliating trunks.

The courtyard is planted with the white-blooming forms of the native Cercis canadensis (Whitebud) and the moveable planters hold native Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal')

Designed by Tracey Williams of Greensleeves Design


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