Country Perennial and Herb Garden on the Roof of Harvard’s New Chao Center
Chefs pick fresh seasonal herbs from the 3rd floor roof deck
Cambridge, MA. (September 28, 2017) - Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Complex opened the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center in June 2016. The first building on campus named after a woman and an American of Chinese descent, the building is Gold-certified LEED and features a rooftop country garden installed by Apex Green Roofs Inc.
Working with Harvard’s Office of Sustainability, Apex Green Roofs selected and sourced a hardy, colorful palette of over 20 perennials and a broad selection of herbs. Clumps of Mexican tarragon, purple sage and basil are planted amongst blooming perennials and native grasses. The kitchen staff grows tomatoes in planters aside the green roof.
Within a one-year establishment period and continued maintenance with Apex Green Roofs the 3rd floor roof deck of the Chao Center is a thriving garden offering students and staff a plethora of flowers and edibles.
About Apex Green Roofs
Apex Green Roofs is especially proud of this project because we had the opportunity to demonstrate our extensive knowledge of plants and knowing which are most suitable to the unique conditions on this rooftop. We take into account the local climate, the building’s design and specifications, and many other factors when choosing the ideal plants for each green roof project.