One of Montreal’s most historic hotels, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is especially unique for its self-irrigating edible rooftop garden where vegetables, herbs and over 400 edible flowers grow for the three on-site restaurants.
Inspired by the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, this Spanish-themed oasis is just one of three luxurious green spaces that comprise The Rooftop Gardens in London.
A Bird's Eye View
Open to the public with tours and lunch on specific days, the rooftop garden at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria is located on the 20th floor and includes designated raised beds for fig and apple trees, hops, strawberries, herbs which are used by the hotel’s executive chef for meals. Local honey is also produced here by the more than 360,000 European honeybees that live in the hives.
London Eye Vantage Point
From the Vista Rooftop Bar and garden of the Tragalgar Hotel in London, you get lush green surroundings while you take in the spectacular views of the city which include the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames.
Green Space Amid the Asphalt
On the 8th floor of the Hilton Chicago is a thriving kitchen garden consisting of 83 EarthBoxes (plastic containers with a built-in irrigation system) which contain such edibles as tomatoes, fennel, peppers, radishes, herbs and more.
A Visit to the English Woodlands
Mulberry trees, Japanese maples and other plant and flower specimens adorn the grounds of this unique green space at The Rooftop Gardens in London which also includes wildlife and water features.
Nob Hill's Best Kept Secret
Situated 100 feet above Powell Street in Nob Hill is a lovely rooftop oasis at the historic Fairmont San Francisco. Offering sweeping views of the city’s skyline, the garden is distinguished by its central fountain and distinctive palm trees.
Alluring Side Profile
Viewed from another angle, this rooftop garden at the Fairmont San Francisco demonstrates the aesthetic and eco-friendly advantages of creating green space in urban areas.
Although it is not open to the public, the rooftop garden at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal provides the kitchen with an excellent array of organic vegetables and herbs for the guests such as plum tomatoes, Swiss chard, endive, zucchini, mint, basil and even edible flowers.
This stunning overview of the 2100 square foot rooftop garden at Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, Canada is representative of green space/edible garden initiatives that are taking place in luxury hotels in cities around the world. First created in 1996, this garden produces over twenty varieties of herbs, fruits, edible blossoms and vegetables including pumpkins, carrots and kale.
Paradise in a City Center
A garden path winds its way through the dense vegetation and edible plants of the rooftop garden at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront.
Abundant beds of rosemary are among the many herbs and edible plants being raised in the rooftop garden of the Fairmont Express in Victoria, Canada. Located directly above the front lobby, the garden also includes other sustainable plants from Vancouver Island.
At the top of City Hall, an eleven story office building in the Loop, is Chicago’s most famous rooftop garden. Consisting of over 20,000 plants of more than 150 species, this green space is an inspiring model for other major cities because it helps improve air quality, reduce storm water runoff and minimize the urban heat island effect.
Not Your Typical English Garden
English plants and flowers combined with Mediterranean trees and Spanish style architecture create an exotic environment in the midst of London at The Rooftop Gardens.
Flamingos are just part of the attraction at the English Woodlands section of The Rooftop Gardens in London where other wildlife include Mandarin and Carolina wood ducks.
A Future Trend
It might look like a futuristic landscape but this unique rooftop garden at the Ritz Carlton Charlotte is a field of sustainable vegetation that serves the local bee population and provides honey for the kitchen chefs.