NYC Landscape Design – West Village
This wrap-around roof garden in the West Village features a 15’x30′ custom-built planter made out of red cedar and filled with a lush mix of evergreens and flowers. Plantings include boxwoods, spiral junipers, alberta spruces, and gold mop cypresses. The challenges we faced in the design of this 6th floor pre-war rooftop garden were weight restrictions of 35 pounds per square foot and no elevator in the building. We designed around the weight restrictions by using lightweight potting soil, rather than heavy garden soil, and putting a false bottom inside the planters to reduce total soil volume. Hundreds of bags of potting soil, dozens of plants, the furniture, and all of the wood materials that went into the deck and planters had to be carried up five flights of stairs by hand. Who needs a gym membership when you’ve got roof gardens to install?!
A well-designed roof garden is built to engage the senses and transport visitors to a place of peace and beauty. In a city of concrete, these gardens are some of the most treasured green spaces on the planet.
One of my roof garden clients said to me once, “I’d thought about how the garden would look and even smell, but I’d never considered how it would sound. One of my favorite things to do now is sit and listen to the sound of the wind blowing through the trees.”
The therapeutic effects of having a garden to enjoy are known to be considerable and include stress-reduction, lower blood pressure, relief of muscle tension, and an increase in positive feelings. You can also grow specific herbs in your garden that you can use to make simple teas and baths for relaxation, energy, insomnia, indigestion, and so much more. There’s nothing quite so fresh or natural as the herbs you grow from your own garden and can use right away.