This rooftop garden, located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, received a total design makeover, turning it from a barren space into a lush garden oasis. We were awarded a 2019 Gold Award for Specialty Projects from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for our work on this project. Our re-design included low-maintenance composite decking (rated for fire safety), a custom-built pergola, outdoor kitchen, and gorgeous multi-level plantings. It’s illegal for a roof deck in NYC to be made of more than 20% real wood, which is why we chose the composite wood, instead. The style of the planting palette is somewhere between an English garden and the Highline, giving an informal and slightly wild feeling to the space. This is contrasted against the more contemporary, straight lines of the furniture and hardscaping. Plantings include hydrangeas, ornamental grasses, evergreen arborvitaes and inkberry hollies, catmint, and creeping Jenny. All of the planters are irrigated using drip irrigation lines hidden in the decking and illuminated at night via low-voltage landscape lighting.