The Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is getting a new look.
A 4,300-square-foot green roof garden is being added to the conservatory by the Rockford Park District. The roof will decrease storm water runoff, reduce energy use, and extend the structural roof's service life by shielding it.
The Park District chose the LiveRoof Hybrid Green Roof System for the project because the system establishes a "naturally functioning, living system with a continuous surface of soil," according to Jason Ney, Park District landscape architect.
The roof is expected to be finished by August 3 and includes 4,190 square feet of modules that are 4.25 inches deep and 128 square feet of modules that are six inches deep. The modules include plants in several native species which, in turn, attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects and birds.
A viewing deck is expected to open to the public on August 3.
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