Ready to Buy a Roof Garden Of Your Own?

Here’s two properties with inspiring terraces available in beautiful Brownstone Brooklyn. Both are within walking distance of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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First up is this one bedroom in Crown Heights with a 248 square foot private terrace.

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If you’re ready to park your plants someplace posh, check out this two bedroom in a new building in Park Slope. With over 1,000 square feet stretched across two terraces, there’s almost as much private outdoor space as indoor space.

Tropical Urn in the Traditional Park Slope

Tropical plants seem to be trending this summer. I like this single plant arrangement in front of a Brooklyn brownstone.

Mantis in the Mallow

We bought this tall unwieldy mallow at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden plant sale. It was covered in over the top pink flowers and had that wild English garden look we love. We hauled it back to our roof garden, not knowing what to expect.

It has been blooming every couple of weeks all summer, disguising an ugly chimney. I just found out it has also become the home of this preying mantis!

We’ve had many more critters this summer. I didn’t like the ants crawling down into then kitchen in the spring, and we don’t like the crunchy huge black flying bugs that come out with the sun comes down and the wine comes out, but we’ve mostly had bees and butterflies, even bats and dragon flies.

Good night from Brooklyn!

My Favorite Tree Pit: Begonias and Ferns

Tree pits are all about shade lovers. How smart to rely on foliage for texture and color.

I snapped this last summer in the West Village and just found the image on my phone today.

Elegant East Village Roof Garden

Looking for inspiration? Check out this New York City roof garden on Remodelista. This custom built fountain — created to serve as a bench too — is my favorite part.

Rooftop Radish Harvest

When we took a rooftop gardening class at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this spring, the teacher warned that growing small amounts of vegetables on a roof top was unsustainable and probably silly. Too much water, too much time.

She was totally right. I could have bought this bunch of radishes this morning at the farmer’s market for $1.99. Plenty of trendy succulents could creep along in the sun where my Veg Trug is.

And yet, growing my small vegetable garden from seed has given me complete child-like glee. Faith and hope are hard to think about, but dropping a row of seeds in the ground in March and pulling out a bunch of radishes today is my good thing. Yes, I suppose I am the stereotypical yuppie gardener (don’t get me started about how much better MY rooftop arugula tastes!) but I hope I’m a little bit of a kid bringing home a gangly sprout rooting in a milk carton too.

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