Notes from this year’s green roof field trip

Last Friday, we made our second annual visit to Randall’s Island for a field trip to the Department of Parks & Recreation’s Five Borough Technical Services Complex and its incredible green roof.  Chief of Technical Services Artie Rollins gave us a comprehensive overview of the roof’s 20+ green roof systems, including tray systems, bag systems, Xero Flor systems, homemade mixes of soil and perlite, elevated planters, overhead trellises and green walls.   5-Boro has also recently added a 4,000-square-foot vegetable garden to the roof.  A little less green than last year, seeing as the summer has been so very hot and dry, but still so impressive, beautiful and inspiring—our flickr photos are testament.  Artie also passed on a very informative handout detailing the various systems in place.

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