Green Roof display at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show!

After months of plotting, planning and potting a shipping container adorned with a showy green roof was assembled and put on grand display at Melbourne City Square to help kick-off the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.  The container is now at the main show grounds in Carlton Garden for the duration of the flower show, but will have a home back at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus thereafter.

This project was led by the design team of John Rayner, Claire Farrell, Jenny McCoy, Leanne Hanrahan, Annette Warner, Sue Murphy and Andrew Smith, but could not have been completed without the help of Burnley staff and students.

The kick-off event included speeches by David Howard from the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria and Claire Farrell talking about the benefits of greens roofs such as reduced cooling costs for buildings, water harvesting, and increased worker productivity when they can see or access a green roof space from their office (fellow GIRG member Kate Lee’s PhD work). This shipping container is also covered in green walls and includes a veggie garden watered from water harvested off the roof, instructions for how to do this at home can be found here. While the primary aim was to show how one could improve the aesthetics of an everyday shipping container recycled into other uses, it also highlighted the possibilities of urban gardening. Read more about the project and see the project in progress with a time lapse video.