The Berry Prairie Blog

Native Biodiversity in a Rooftop Landscape

Jun 30, 2011, 3:06 PM
If you haven’t walked past the Berry Center this week, you’ll be in for a surprise! On Monday morning, the green roof was just a flat, brown, gravely space. But two days, five landscapers, three hoses, an interview, a photo shoot and 4,400 individual plants later, the Berry Prairie is officially installed.
Jun 27, 2011, 3:21 PM
All of the plants that will be installed on the Berry Prairie are native to the area around Laramie. Like in the local prairie, grasses will dominate in quantity, but forbs (aka wildflowers) will dominate in diversity. To mimic the native grassland, plant species will be intermixed, avoiding monocultures, while reflecting the natural mixing of species we see in a prairie. For example, a dry area will be planted with cacti, while shrubs will dominate in other areas of the garden, and more mesic species will be grouped together.
Jun 24, 2011, 3:32 PM
Green roofs are also called living roofs, and we are really trying to maximize the meaning of that term. In addition to the plants that will be installed and cared for this summer, the Berry Center crew is also attending to other environmental components of the mini-ecosystem.
Jun 16, 2011, 3:39 PM
In Wyoming, survival of the fittest is obvious. Those which flourish are the rugged and the tough, the adaptable and the persistent. Plants are no exception to the rule. To test a variety of factors that impact a plant species’ or community’s success, the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center at the University of Wyoming is installing Laramie’s first large-scale green roof. Right now, the roof is more brown than green. But come the end of June, it will have native plants stationed and ready for action.