FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — If agave, yucca and asparagus plants slowly waking up from winter atop the facilities building at the Moore Farms Botanical Gardens building in Lake City had faces — you know, like those pansies and roses in “Alice in Wonderland” — they’d doubtless be full of surprise and wonder.
Which would make them a perfect match for looks they receive from the people down below.
Plants on the roof? A gable garden? What the heck is going on?
The 6,000-square foot green roof at the Moore facility, the garden center built by Lake City philanthropist Darla Moore last January. It is one of a handful of new “green roofs” that are springing up in the Pee Dee. They are part of a national experiment in green building design. The roofs can save money and help mitigate environmental impact by cutting down on energy use and mitigating storm water runoff.
The J.L. McMillan Federal Building in Florence and the McNair Science Building at Francis Marion University are also experimenting with green roofs.