Relaxing on a green roof

With the arrival of spring, residents of The Kensington in Oakville, Ont., will be heading back onto their green roof garden. Thanks to wise planning, the residence parking garage roof is a landscaped retreat. Lockstone, topsoil, cedar chips, shrubs and planters were hoisted up; then a crane lifted trees into place.

Residents can walk out from their dining room, desserts in hand, to sit at tables and benches in either sunny or shady areas. The designer created distinct landscaped spaces with a meandering berm of Colorado spruce and locust that separates an area shaded by a pagoda from a larger patio section that runs along the building. Annual flowers surround mass plantings of euonymus, spirea and dwarf burning bush.

Residents garden, too, planting their own small crops – herbs, tomatoes, peppers – in the concrete boxes that hold a row of locust trees along the south side.

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