Now here’s a green roof I can admire. On Friday afternoon, I visited the studio of a Buffalo-area landscape architect Joy Kuebler, who had an open house that day where she was demonstrating several projects she’d completed at her own home/studio.
The roof is on a building behind her house. She uses it as her office, and it was designed by her architect husband; as you can see, it has a traditional look, and it’s not a building I’d associate with a green roof (not that I know that much about them). I do know I like this one, with its grasses, Russian sage, and shorter groundcovers. It also may be the first sloped and residential green roof in the area.
Kuebler also had some newly installed permeable pavers. These had been under daily rain all summer (as Michele and I have noted, it’s been a very wet summer) and they’ve performed beautifully, with no puddles and less water going into the storm sewers. Good for you and good-looking; like the combo. Joy also has rain barrels installed for any runoff.
Here is Joy with other members of the executive committee of the upstate NY chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Guess which one she is.
In other green news here, the environmental group Riverkeeper is joining with co-op gardening center Urban Roots to sell rain barrels to as many people as possible. Besides the water conservation and gardening use, the run-off problem is huge here, with our aging sewer systems. Like other groups in the region, Riverkeeper is dedicated to improving the health of our many surrounding bodies of water. I don’t have a green roof, permeable pavers (which I could really use to help alleviate a couple lakes and rivers on my property), or a rain barrel. But at least I know where I can get them!