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Green Roof

Look up as you approach the Pavilion to find a living, green roof!  The prairie extends to our roof, to blend into the beautiful Arboretum vistas and as an example of a low-impact structure.

Green roofs are alive with plants that supply similar ecosystem services as ground-level plant communities.  Foliage and roots hold and filter stormwater that would otherwise runoff to other areas. Rooftop plants absorb more sunlight and heat while turning out habitat, food and water for wildlife, such as birds or insects.

However, green roofs require a thoughtful plan to accommodate certain plant communities without excessive maintenance.  You can find recommended resources below.


green-roof structure

green roof diagram1. plants including sedums and short grasses

2. growing medium or soil

3. filter cloth to prevent soil, or organic material

4. gravel or clay pellets for drainage

5. Filter cloth prevents roots from penetrating the roof membrane

6. roof membrane


green-roof plants


Jelly Bean Sedum, White Stonecrop, Sedum album 'Coral Carpet'                  

Blue Spruce Sedum, Spruce-leaved Stonecrop, Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'

Six Sided Sedum Tasteless Stonecrop, Sedum sexangualare

Lanceleaf Sedum, Lanceleaf Stonecrop, Sedum lanceolatum

Dragon's Blood(tm) Sedum, Two-row Stonecrop, Sedum spurium 'Fuldaglut' or 'Schorbuser Blut'


Blue Grama, Bouteloua gracilis      


Nodding Wild Onion, Allium cernuum        

Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta          

Golden Alexanders, Zizia aurea

Sky-blue Aster, Aster oolentangiensis      

Silky Aster, Aster sericeus  

Ohio Spiderwort, tradescantia ohiensis     

Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa             

Prairie Alumroot, Heuchera richardsonii

Old Field Goldenrod, Solidago nemoralis