So How DO You Get a Garden Onto Your Roof, Anyway? 🏡🌲🌾

So How DO You Get a Garden Onto Your Roof, Anyway? 🏡🌲🌾

Roof gardens are NYC's great outdoors! If you want to connect to nature, go greet the sky at your roof garden.

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The Great Backyard Bird Count : February 16-19🕊

The Great Backyard Bird Count : February 16-19🕊

This February 16-19, help count birds in your backyard! Or in the park. Or in the street trees.

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Views from NYC Gardens

Views from NYC Gardens

Framing views from rooftops in NYC is a thrilling part of hide-and-reveal, in design of the garden.

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Spring 2017 : Some designs underway

BEFORE.  East 50s terrace garden with spectacular views : LEED Gold building terrace garden. The very light-colored flooring deflects heat (though the pavers shown here will be replaced with porcelain tiles, the tone will remain about the same).

BEFORE.  East 50s terrace garden with spectacular views : LEED Gold building terrace garden. The very light-colored flooring deflects heat (though the pavers shown here will be replaced with porcelain tiles, the tone will remain about the same).

This Spring we are working on some fantastic landscape design / build projects for our clients, from a roof terrace for an art collector in the East 50s, to a Japanese-influenced backyard garden for a family on the Upper West Side, and a brownstone 2-level backyard garden -- with a footbridge from deck to back garden, on the upper level!

DESIGN RENDERING.  An Upper West Side backyard has been one part of a interior/exterior renovation which must pass through multiple rounds of approval : the building's board; the Landmarks Preservation Committee; and the Department of Buildings. Some gardens are designed and built within a few months of our first meeting a client. Others can take a year to come to fruition!

DESIGN RENDERING.  An Upper West Side backyard has been one part of a interior/exterior renovation which must pass through multiple rounds of approval : the building's board; the Landmarks Preservation Committee; and the Department of Buildings. Some gardens are designed and built within a few months of our first meeting a client. Others can take a year to come to fruition!

Our clients love outdoor space in NYC and want to make the very most of it. Some love a view from the 27th floor, but would like to block out just one or two aspects of it and protect themselves from a southern exposure's heat and direct sunlight. Another client's ideal harks back to a grandmother's garden, and includes a screened enclosure in the garden to enjoy the outdoors while avoiding bug bites. For a third, the garden is primarily meant as a serene view, but nonetheless has 3 distinct spaces for enjoying contact with nature and entertaining friends and family.

 

School Garden Design

School Garden Design

Education gardens are a great resource for interdisciplinary exploration.

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Some Autumn 2016 "BEFORE"s underway . . . .

Twelve Gardens Ltd. is working with Pell Overton Architecture on the roof garden for Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. Model of bridge connecting 2 rooftop garden / recreation areas (Pell Overton).

Twelve Gardens Ltd. is working with Pell Overton Architecture on the roof garden for Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. Model of bridge connecting 2 rooftop garden / recreation areas (Pell Overton).

"BEFORE" image of an Upper West Side backyard. Designs underway!

"BEFORE" image of an Upper West Side backyard. Designs underway!

Stay tuned as these projects go from concepts through design development to construction!

"AFTER" : midtown roof garden, green roof

An oak tree frames the view of a green roof set with New York bluestone pavers.

An oak tree frames the view of a green roof set with New York bluestone pavers.

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