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Watch BBG’s Living Roof Come to Life

January 2012

How long does it take to install a 10,000-square-foot meadow on the roof of a building? According to this video, just two minutes! We captured the entirety of the early-autumn installation of 40,000 plants on the roof of BBG’s new Visitor Center—from September 26 to October 31, 2011—in this short time-lapse video. A month of soil dispersal, planting, watering, and a surprise snowfall has been condensed into two minutes of gardening history.

And the transformation doesn’t end here. The living roof will change throughout the seasons, its grasses, bulbs, and perennial wildflowers attracting local pollinators and visitors alike. By May 16, when the new Visitor Center opens to the public, nearly 60,000 plants will have been installed around the building. Visit the Priorities page to learn more about this remarkable synthesis of architecture and landscape design. Or, download our recent press release (pdf) about the Visitor Center opening.

Watch the video by clicking the preview on the left (be sure to click the icon to see it full screen).

Video photographed by Chris Jordan, with original music by Terence Bernardo.

Green Facts

The Garden is working to save water, and you can too. The average New York home wastes as much as 11,000 gallons of water each year—that’s 30 gallons a day!