Rooftop meadow helps revitalize old parking garage 

Green roofs are sprouting up across the country from Chicago to New York to Washington. They offer a myriad of benefits including better indoor climate control for buildings and a more pleasant aesthetic than concrete. The Tacoma News Tribune recently wrote about one such rooftop meadow planted atop an eight-story high former parking garage in Tacoma, Washington.

Eight stories above downtown Tacoma, a meadow needs a beehive. Honeybees are working the dianthus, candytuft and evening primrose blooming in neon shades of pink, purple, and apricot high atop 1250 Pacific Ave. The bees, and a modest population of ladybugs, are the unexpected residents of the 30,000 square feet of green roof that surely is the most colorful in the state.

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