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Blue Sky, Green Roof: Reimagining Asheville’s Rooftops

on September 30, 2020 at 3:35 pm under , , , , ,

By Emilio Ancaya, GRP (Green Roof Professional) and cofounder of Living Roofs Inc.

Asheville, NC. (September 30, 2020) – Nestled on Lexington Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville is an apartment building that offers a unique and distinguishable feature. Situated on top of the building is a beautiful 8,200-square-foot green roof that can be seen and enjoyed by surrounding buildings, guests at a neighboring hotel pool deck, and people walking the city’s hilly streets.

The roof is a meadow and supports a diverse plant community focused on pollinator habitat and food sources. It seems only appropriate since Asheville was the first city in the United States to be certified as a Bee City USA.

Native plant species with high pollinator value, such as Asclepias tuberosa, Eryngium yuccifolium, Pycnanthemum muticum, and Rudbeckia fulgida, were selected to promote biodiversity and a thriving urban habitat for pollinators such as bees, moths, butterflies and birds.

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Living Roofs Inc. is an experienced, award-winning design and construction company specializing in end-to-end implementation of landscape on structure. With 100s of commercial and residential projects successfully completed across the Southeast since 2006, we’ve dedicated years to mastering the nuanced complexity of vegetated roofs and landscape on structure —from design to construction and ongoing care & maintenance. The path to a perfect landscape on structure shouldn’t feel complicated. We’re not going to say it’s easy, but with Living Roofs, it will feel that way.

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