25 Rooftop Gardens That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Published April 2, 2015
Updated January 24, 2019

Just in time for spring, these rooftop gardens convene aesthetics, environmentalism and urban savvy into one stunning package.

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Urban planners are frequently including green features like rooftop gardens in their designs. Source: Homes Direct

Rooftop gardens might seem like a development of modernity, but they actually date back to antiquity. From the famed ziggurats of Mesopotamia to the wondrous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, roof gardens have not only served to delight people, but also to grow food, provide flood control and insulate homes. Many cities across the globe are promoting the installation of rooftop gardens for these very reasons.

Rooftop gardens are most commonly found in cities where free ground level space is limited, heat build-up is of concern and water overflow is an issue. Gardens can actually reduce the overall heat absorption of a building, thus reducing energy consumption and helping fight smog. But that’s not the only thing these little environmental superheroes do. They also provide space for growing affordable and sustainable crops, recreation and migratory way stations for animals.

Just as ancient rooftop gardens were instrumental in human survival, modern roof gardening might make a difference in our own future. Roof garden advocates believe that roof farming can be the answer to food insecurity in cities and environmentalists believe that these green spaces will have a positive impact on climate change mitigation and adaptations.

For beauty, for economics, for survival, rooftop gardens are bringing the past into the 21st century, and the following gardens are no different. These 25 rooftop oases are so stunning, they would make King Nebuchadnezzar’s jaw drop:

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Susan Sims
When she's not fighting crime or cleaning the garbage disposal, you can find Susan writing about travel, science and things that go bump in the night.