Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Blackbook’s Brownstone Brooklyn Stoop Garden


No roof access? No excuses. Why not plant a garden on your stoop … or windowsill … or the tree well in front of your building. Scrounge up some space this summer.

But before you get started, check Blackbook for sage urban gardening advice. #10 is the best: Spend the extra couple of bucks on quality potting soil, it’s worth it.

They’re right. We’ll confess: R* and I potted some plants in soil from the dollar store. It made a muddy mess and taught us a lesson. Now we cab back to Brooklyn with huge bags of $$$ soil from Home Depot. If you pay plenty for plants, spring for the extra money for quality potting soil and treat yourself to a cab ride home.

We home Blackbook publishes a follow-up post with more pictures later on in the summer.

Image: Blackbook

Willow Street Wonder . . . Stunning Brooklyn Rooftop Garden Photos


Our friends on Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights sent us some pictures from their spectacular roof garden. Pretty amazing!


frog and sedum roof garden



Thanks for the pictures, CQ! Send more soon!

More rooftop garden pictures:
Gardening in the Sky photos
The Roof Garden at the Caledonia

Images: CQ

The Roof Garden at The Caledonia


Last night I went to a part last night for Sferra linens, held on the sun terrace of The Caledonia, a posh new apartment building just off the High Line in West Chelsea. Even through the rain clouds, this Manhattan roof garden is stunning. It looks like the plants were carefully chosen to stand up to all the wind and unpredictable weather.

I wish I’d brought a better camera to share a sharper sense of the place, but wow — check this out! There was also an outdoor bar and kitchen too.


Here’s another photo with the Maritime Hotel and the Port Authority building in the distance. Does anyone know what these purple flowers are growing in the long boxes? Any Caledonia residents have more pictures to share? The best part about the Caledonia’s garden is that it over looks two or three more roof gardens along with this view of the Hudson River. Thanks for having me, Sferra.

Early Summer Roof Garden Inspiration from Bearsky


Brooklyn terrace and roof gardener Bearsky has more photos to share. (Thanks, Bearsky!)


Spring green sprouts look amazing in concrete troughs, though concrete would be booted off my roof — too heavy! The lion garden sculpture is amazing. Where’d you get it, Bearsky?

I blogged Bearsky’s rooftop vines too.

Images: Bearsky, via Flickr

Gardening with the Sky


Isn’t O2B’s Brooklyn roof garden photo stunning? Totally captures the moody city summer sky.

As I studied this picture, I realized this photo can teach us a lot about texture and varying materials in roof gardens too: ceramic tile, wooden furniture with canvas pillows, cement pillars. The light fixtures create a sense of a roof … and see how the vines are creeping up the support wires?

Image: O2B via Flickr with Creative Commons

Brooklyn Roof Deck Inspiration: Bearsky


Check out this inspiring picture from fellow Brooklynite Bearsky. The vines add a sense of whimsy and  soften the edges with jungle-y style. I’ve gotta find a way to incorporate some vines this summer. The rich deep colors of the foliage are an inspiration too. Better get some coleus quick.

Thanks for the inspiration, Bearsky.

Photo: Bearsky, used with permission via Flickr