The Rooftop Garden of the Future is very different than Reflections, the Asian themed garden, but in some ways they are very similar. I'm a sucker for modern design but I'm not sure how I feel about this rooftop garden. The part of me that likes the use of austere lines, reflective surfaces and sci-fi channel lighting drools over this garden.
You can click this image for a larger view of the Rooftop Garden of the Future. They were taken from the second top level of the show floor.
The materials used to build the rooftop garden are reclaimed. The electrical system is powered by solar panels.
Water is collected in cisterns and is re-circulated through drip irrigation. There is also a composter that recycles waste. The collection of succulents at the foot of the steps are a nice touch.
Here is a view into the rooftop garden from the floor of the exhibition hall. Back by the blue lighting there is a small pond that you'll be able to hear in the short video. This garden has everything I like; sustainable construction, good use of green technologies, looks- but I still can't help feeling like I should dislike it. It looks a bit like a nightclub or restaurant that is trying to hard to be hip and modern to entice sparkling water- sipping yuppies. I can almost see and hear them sitting there wondering out loud when Whole Foods will move into the neighborhood and make the gentrification process complete. The Rooftop Garden of the Future or a sound stage for CSI: Miami? I love this garden but I hate it because I do.
Garden Marketplace at Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Reflections: A spirited Garden of Asian Inspiration