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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL

Completion Date: Spring 2001
Former Network Contractor

A welcome retreat from the mean streets of the city, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum green roof  is an oasis of flora and fauna. It was a delight to hear the sound of birds chirping and grasses and perennials swaying in the wind on this cold, windy, and wet day in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. 

The irrigated Roofmeadow Type III and Type IV green roof assemblies on the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum range in media depth from 8.00 to 18.00 inches and include wetland, meadow, and upland type plantings.  The green roof assemblies allowed for a very diverse plant community including over 100 plant genera when first installed. The plant palette consists of native and adapted species.

As with any other naturalistic planting the more vigorous plant species have established themselves quite well on the roof.  Ten years after installation the plant pallet is still very diverse.

The wetland section of the green roof includes plants such as Eupatorium maculatum, Iris virginica shrevei, and Juncus species.

The meadow section of the green roof includes plants such as Tradescantia ohiensis, Sporobolus heterolepis, and Asclepias species.

The sheltered upland type planting is very diverse and includes shrubs such as Rhus aromatic ‘Grow-low’ and Spiraea alba and is even deep enough to support a Quercus imbricaria tree

The diverse planting offers plenty of nectar throughout the growing season for the bees that live on the roof.  I got a little taste of the honey produced from this roof and it was supper sweet and delicious.

See and hear what it’s like up on this roof in my video!

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