With help from Tamarra S. James and her article for The Herbalist, The Apothecary Garden in History, we have created a garden on the Roof that is both medicinal and beautiful. As you can see the pollinators love it too.
“The idea of separating a garden into one for useful plants and another for beauty is…fairly recent.”
In the ninth century the Emperor Charlemagne wrote an edict, Capitulare de Villis that included a list of medicinal herbs to be planted in every household garden, “for the benefit of the nation”. Many of his suggestions have been planted into the self-watering containers at the South end of the Roof by the stairs. We have also added some New World lovelies. The pretty Green Metallic Bee on the Echinacea flower above approves completely, she arrived at planting and returns daily.
The Carrot Green Roof has been championing the blending of beauty with nutritional bounty and has been aided by many lovely, diverse communities, not the least of which are the Birds, Bees and Butterflies. A desire to support the sustainability of our food system and to maintain connections with pollinators helps determine what we cultivate.
Wild Bee Houses that Art in The Park Rangers started building on the Carrot Green Roof, recently painted at TURF, continue to be a big success.
Come up and make more Bee houses!
The Bee happening starts at 11 am this Sunday, July the 20th
and flies until 1 pm.
Plants of the Bee variety will be on sale too,
Native plants that also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Bee friendly gardening experts will be on hand along with Seeds of Diversity’s Maria Kasstan.
At 2 pm The Backyard Urban Farm Company will be arriving, Veggie Camp!
After a long, arduous winter we all deserve some fun in the sun.
The Carrot Green Roof staff have been busy repairing and cleaning up the roof, the snow and ice took its toll.
This is the first year that the roof has a person dedicated to programming! All winter Peter Mitchell has been building relationships with local, urban agriculture organizations. 2014 will offer more workshops and activities on the roof than ever before.
Peter is the guy who knows everyone! He is a great collaborator and nothing gets him more excited than urban ag! He is the director for The World Crops Project where he received the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence and he sits on the board of the Carrot Cache!