Gardens on the Roof?
Explore the "greenest" feature of the building as you stroll through the Rooftop Gardens.
The 15,000 square foot "living roof" was designed to be an environmentally conscious addition to the facility as well as an educational tool and public resource.
The gardens provide additional insulation for the building (reducing internal temperature fluctuations), reduce rain water runoff (helping prevent local flooding), and help reduce the local "heat island effect" by absorbing sunlight (reducing the amount of sunlight reflected back into the atmosphere). Our 50 kw photovoltaic solar panel system occupies approximately one-third of the roof of the facility. Solar tubes can be seen dotting the gardens and allow natural light to enter the building through the ceiling without allowing excess heat to enter.
Ten raised bed planters each showcase a different classification of plants or specific habitat.
Cactus Garden Succulent Garden Permaculture (Edible Plants) Herb Garden Backyard Plants and Flowers California Natives Children's Garden Native Grasses Pumpkin's Patch (Tortoise Habitat) Serenity Pond
When visiting the gardens, please remember:
Garden Hours: Saturday 9:00am - 10:30am*
*Garden tours are available
For more information call the Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center at 909-425-4700.
Enjoy the view of our local San Bernardino Mountains from the Rooftop Gardens.
For those of you who may not be familiar with the library, there is a 15,000 sq ft "living garden" that includes a tortoise habitat and serenity pond on the roof.
Several weeks ago that serenity pond got a much needed makeover to include 3 new filters, a waterfall and bubbling spring. The existing rocks and plants were cleaned up and re-arranged to save money and show our reuse skills.
There are a number of water tutles that inhabit the pond and this makeover made them very happy. They are more active them ever before.
So the next time you are on a garden tour be sure to stop by and enjoy the serenity pond.
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