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Rensselaer Master Gardeners Green Roof


Installation of a green roof

The Demonstration Garden is one of Rensselaer County's very few public gardens. Master Gardener volunteers designed this outdoor classroom to highlight plants and gardening techniques which work well in our area. In 2010, a custom-built garden shed was added and a green roof was installed to provide an example of this ecologically-friendly building technique.

Site Location

Site Name: Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at the Robert C. Parker School
Address: 4254 NY Route 43, Wynantskill, NY 12198
County: Rensselaer
Watershed: Wynantskill
Land use of site: School grounds
Can this site be visited? Yes
Location on site: East of main garden and parking area

Practice Details

Intent of design: To provide an easily-accessible example of a green roof
Size of structure/capacity: 10 ft by 10 ft
Size of drainage area: 10 ft by 10 ft
Plants or materials used: Sedum, fescue, thyme; medium is coir, perlite, and compost
Maintenance: Hand-weeding, watering
Maintained by: Volunteer Master Gardeners

Design/Installation Information

Design: David Chinery, Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator; Chico Christopher and Bob Sherwood, Master Gardeners
Installation: Shed custom-built by Sheman, New Lebanon, NY; green roof installed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners
Date of installation: June 2010
Zoning change or special permit required: Shed permit required
Project cost: about $4,500
Form of payment: Undisclosed

For Additional Site Information:

Contact: David Chinery, Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County
Phone: (578) 272-4210