The Plant Science Center features a green roof garden that serves as a living laboratory. In addition to being the subject of research by Garden scientists, the Green Roof Garden functions as an outdoor classroom to thousands of Garden visitors annually. The 16,000-square-foot green roof is accessible to the public via a grand staircase. An overlook with interpretive panels educates visitors about all aspects of rooftop gardens.
Two distinct areas serve specific functions: the Ellis Goodman Family Foundation Green Roof Garden South features regional and national native plants, many of which are not currently used as rooftop plants; the Josephine P. & John J. Louis Foundation Green Roof Garden North features a mix of plants known as good green roof plants, plus native and exotic plants that have potential for green roof use. Generally, the plants are sun loving, drought tolerant, have a shallow root system, and can withstand windy conditions.
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