With summer nearly over we decided to take advantage of the beautiful, sunny Denver weather with our own private green roof tour! We wanted to see what Denver’s green roof game had to offer so we made sure to visit a great variety. From a simply functional installation to intensive landscaped terraces, the Mile High City has a lot of cool spaces for those where a mile just isn’t enough. Check out some of our favorites:
The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse boasts 2 green roofs, one an accessible terrace on the 5th story, and a second one on the top of the first story extension that is not accessible but viewable from the courthouse. Both green roofs cover an area of 8,000 square feet. Although most would not enjoy a visit to the courthouse, we loved the downtown Denver skyline view and colorful sedum combination carpeting these rooftop terraces.
A residential building nestled among downtown Denver’s skyscrapers, this beautifully landscaped rooftop terrace is a quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. Only accessible to tenants, it includes a small vegetable garden, pavilion, gazebos, and a grilling area. A great example of how green roofs can be a great amenity in urban areas, where space can be hard to find.
This lush landscape of sedums can be enjoyed by a small terrace on the 3rd floor of the building. A perfect spot to chat on the phone without disturbing fellow students, we think this is another great addition to a college campus. To our surprise, we also found fresh peppers growing on the terrace!
This green roof is a great example of maximizing rooftop space for function and added amenity. Although most of the roof is blue grama grass (a native Colorado grass perfect for green roofs) and skylights, it also has just enough seating to allow plenty of busy students to sit back and enjoy a view of the Rockies.
We’ve featured the Denver Botanic Gardens before, but during our trip, we had to indulge the child in our hearts. It can be easy to miss, but the Mordecai Children’s Garden is an oasis of native plants, environmental education, and fantastical playgrounds. We spent a lot longer here than anywhere else on our tour, since there was so much to explore. Find this gem atop the parking a garage and bring the kiddos on a green roof adventure!
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