So How DO You Get a Garden Onto Your Roof, Anyway? 🏡🌲🌾

So How DO You Get a Garden Onto Your Roof, Anyway? 🏡🌲🌾

Roof gardens are NYC's great outdoors! If you want to connect to nature, go greet the sky at your roof garden.

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The Great Backyard Bird Count : February 16-19🕊

The Great Backyard Bird Count : February 16-19🕊

This February 16-19, help count birds in your backyard! Or in the park. Or in the street trees.

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Estate Gardens, early 1900s, Northeast USA : The Photographs of Frances Benjamin Johnston (Pt. 2 of 2)

Estate Gardens, early 1900s, Northeast USA : The Photographs of Frances Benjamin Johnston (Pt. 2 of 2)

Extraordinary color photos of City Gardens of the American Northeast in the early 1900s by Frances B. Johnston.

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Growing Vegetables, Fruit, and Herbs in Your Garden

 Rooftop kitchen garden. It is possible to grow quite a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruit in a small space!

Rooftop kitchen garden. It is possible to grow quite a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruit in a small space!

 About 25sf of planters and pots supply produce from apple and cherry trees, raspberry and blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, a grape vine, as well as greens, tomatoes, peppers and a dozen different herbs.

About 25sf of planters and pots supply produce from apple and cherry trees, raspberry and blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, a grape vine, as well as greens, tomatoes, peppers and a dozen different herbs.

 Collecting some vegetables, herbs and fruits for the day's breakfast and lunch menu. Photo by Raquel de Favori ©2017.

Collecting some vegetables, herbs and fruits for the day's breakfast and lunch menu. Photo by Raquel de Favori ©2017.

 Tomatoes ripening in the roof garden.

Tomatoes ripening in the roof garden.

 Growing your own berries is not difficult at all. Ask the nursery about purchasing a male and a female plant, and for netting to place over the plants so that the birds don't take the berries before you!

Growing your own berries is not difficult at all. Ask the nursery about purchasing a male and a female plant, and for netting to place over the plants so that the birds don't take the berries before you!

 Grow your berries in a sunny spot

Grow your berries in a sunny spot

 Grapes don't have to overwhelm your garden; a lattice fence or even a parapet railing can support them in a sunny spot adequately sheltered from the wind.

Grapes don't have to overwhelm your garden; a lattice fence or even a parapet railing can support them in a sunny spot adequately sheltered from the wind.

 The sweetness of growing your own cherries.

The sweetness of growing your own cherries.

A Sense of Place

 Gate in an ancient yew hedge at Levens Hall, England's oldest garden.

Gate in an ancient yew hedge at Levens Hall, England's oldest garden.

The art of landscape design is by its nature ephemeral. While we have both histories of architecture and the buildings which date back sometimes millennia to experience our connection to the past, the history of gardens usually relies upon descriptions, drawings and plans from earlier eras to describe what once was (or to recreate what once was). One exception is the extraordinary Levens Hall garden in northern England, which was designed in the 1690s. 

 Topiary, Levens Hall, England.

Topiary, Levens Hall, England.

Levens Hall garden has been continuously maintained since its first days, in the 1690s and many of its topiary are 300 years old. It has walls of beech and yew hedging, a potager garden, an orchard, a rose garden, a bowling green, a "wilderness," and other mysterious, less purposeful but extremely atmospheric rooms. Its original owner, before the garden was commenced, lost the property through gambling ("Colonel James Grahme acquired the property, and the old tradition that Levens was won with the turn of the Ace of Hearts probably has some foundation in fact" --the estate's website).

 Levens Hall, yew hedge (windows, crenellations, and doorway).

Levens Hall, yew hedge (windows, crenellations, and doorway).

A sense of place abides here with centuries of footsteps, sharing the path with those strolling before by 10, 50, 90, 150, 300 years. At the same time, the architecture is mostly living, and when you realize that the current head gardener is only the 10th since the 1690s, that this living artwork has roots which connect you directly to the past. . . . It is not an ordinary feeling.

 Topiary garden at Levens Hall

Topiary garden at Levens Hall

 Levens Hall : house and its topiary garden.

Levens Hall : house and its topiary garden.

For more about this garden : http://www.levenshall.co.uk/levens-hall-gardens-historic-topiary-in-cumbria/garden-history.html

Views from NYC Gardens

Views from NYC Gardens

Framing views from rooftops in NYC is a thrilling part of hide-and-reveal, in design of the garden.

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