15 images of the most energetic rooftop gardens in the world

by Bronte Hogarth

These rooftop gardens from around the world demonstrate why putting greenery into the urban setting is so important! Gardening in general has a lot of benefits for the environment and surrounding community. Rooftop gardening is no exception.

Why is rooftop gardening so useful?

  • Plants have the ability to reduce the overall heat absorption of the building which then reduces energy consumption.
  • Rooftop gardens increases biodiversity in urban areas, like local birds and insects by providing them with food and shelter.
  • Rooftop gardens, especially in the city can help reduce carbon dioxide levels which will increase air quality.
  • Rooftop gardening will also help children and adults who live in the city learn how to plant and grow their own food.

See there are many benefits to having a rooftop garden. If you don’t have a usable rooftop utilise what space you have, be it a balcony or a communal garden area. We need to make the most of these urban spaces and move towards more sustainable cities.

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Creative planters. Via Apartment Therapy.

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Rooftop farm with chickens! Via Blue Bird Vintage.

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Garden paradise. Via Sotheby’s.

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Alejandro’s rooftop paradise. Via Apartment Therapy.

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Park Avenue rooftop. Via Refinery 29.

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Beautiful shade. Via Refinery 29.

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Design: Lauren Schneider, Wonderland Garden and Landscape. Photo by Thomas J. Story.

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Ted Trimpa’s Rooftop container garden. Via the Denver post.

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Villa Maria, rooftop garden in Oaxaca, Mexico. Via Trip Advisor.

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Productive rooftop. Via HGTV.

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French inspired. Via Refinery 29.

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New York rooftop garden. Photo: Norman McGrath, Rooftop Gardens, Rizzoli, 2011.

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Skyline scenery. Via Better Homes and Gardens.

The walls of the Musée des Arts Premiers Quai Branly in Paris were created in 2004 by Patrick Blanc, & are completely covered in vegetation. Photo by Patrick Blanc / Exit Art.

The walls of the Musée des Arts Premiers Quai Branly in Paris were created in 2004 by Patrick Blanc, & are completely covered in vegetation. Photo by Patrick Blanc / Exit Art.

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And this, just because it’s super cool! Domed green roof garden of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt with circular skylights which creates a polka-dotted green roof. Via The Designed.

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