The Berry Prairie Blog

Native Biodiversity in a Rooftop Landscape


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Feb 18, 2016, 7:10 PM
Can you believe that in the middle of February in Laramie, Wyoming - elevation 7,200', latitude 41 degrees N, and over 1,000 miles to the nearest ocean - we have a flower in bloom on the green roof?
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Sep 16, 2015, 7:16 PM
The Berry Prairie has been ROCKING this summer. Apologies for the lack of posting (the author just returned from maternity leave), but you gotta see what it's been doing these past couple of months. Below are a few overview photos, as well as close-ups of a couple of extraordinary plants.
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Jun 11, 2015, 7:23 PM
Where to start describing this beautiful gem of the mountains? Deeper blue than Colorado blue columbine, the slightly smaller blooms are held proudly above petit, dark green leaves.
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Jun 5, 2015, 7:36 PM
Come drink your morning coffee on the Berry Prairie. Or sit down with a sketch book. Or just soak up some sunshine.
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Jun 4, 2015, 7:40 PM
The green roof continues to bloom like crazy - we are at over 30 species of flowering plants already this year! The latest bunch of flowers all must have gotten the memo: PURPLE!
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May 29, 2015, 8:02 PM
We have a non-plant living on the green roof. They're very common in Wyoming, but can be quite hidden from first glance. They look like they could be plants, but they're two entirely different organisms put together. What are they? Lichens of course!
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May 22, 2015, 8:15 PM
You might recall or have noticed that we planted some conifer trees on the Berry Prairie. TREES?! you say? Yes trees! But they're dwarf conifers, meaning they'll get maybe 4 or 5 feet tall, and that's about it. We really wanted to plant a few species that would add some vertical interest on the roof, and these dwarf varieties of native (or near-native) species seemed like a good fit.
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May 21, 2015, 8:22 PM
We're excited that one of the new species we planting last summer, with the charismatic name of Old Man of the Mountain, is in bloom in the Berry Prairie! This species naturally grows above tree line in alpine areas of the Rockies. It is short and stout, with impressively hairy stems and very large, showy, yellow flowers. By the name of it, this plant should be a crotchety ol' thing smoking a cigar, but look at how cheerful this plant looks.
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May 12, 2015, 8:27 PM
It's a gorgeous day in Laramie (which makes us all wonder what the heck we're doing inside in front of the computer?!), and one of our flowering shrubs on the green roof is starting to bloom to celebrate.
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May 8, 2015, 8:58 PM
The Berry Prairie is rockin. Eighteen - yes eighteen, as in ten plus four plus four, as in a couple less then twenty - plants have bloomed already this year. That's practically more than what bloomed all of last year! Chalk it up to a mild winter, the recent rain and snow falls, the redesign, or maybe it's me and Dorothy sitting out there reading encouraging stories like The Little Engine That Could to these beloved plants. Whatever the cause, the green roof is alive with whites, yellows, pinks, purples and blues.

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