Rooftop Gardens in the City The New York Times

Rooftop Gardens in the City The New York Times

As part of My Great Outdoors, we've seen some rooftop gardens from you urban dwellers who don't have a backyard. Well, The New York Times is showing off some ambitious city gardens today—and one's from a famous chef.

Certain cities, like Chicago and New York, give tax incentives for planting a green roof, although the article points out that most people aren't in it to save money. Urban gardeners, like their suburban friends, just want to grow things, get their hands dirty, and pick fresh food from their own "backyards."

Chef Rick Bayless grows vegetables on the roof of his restaurant, Frontera Grill, in Chicago and makes Rooftop Salsa with them. The picture above is of Paula Crossfield, who built a roof garden on the Lower East Side of New York. We love the fact that it's so neatly contained, and the pavers make it a nice place to sit or stroll, even if you aren't an avid gardener. The beauty alone makes it valuable for other residents.

Read the article and see photos of other gardens:
Urban Farming, a Bit Closer to the Sun, from The New York Times

Do any of you have a rooftop garden or know someone who does? Send us pictures!

Related: How to Start a Green Roof Garden

Image: Robert Wright for The New York Times

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