25 Beautiful Rooftop Gardens to Inspire and Admire

If you have ever had the slightest urge to hop onto your roof and start a garden I assure you, you will definitely have it now. Rooftop gardens have become a hot trend, especially in New York City where they seem to be popping up all over the place. Not only do they provide a tranquil getaway amongst the hustle and bustle of fast-paced city life, but they can produce food all year long. Yes, please. The Bastille Restaurant in Seattle has their own year-round rooftop garden to provide them with a plentiful amount of delicious veggies and herbs. Next time you are taking a stroll through the city take a second to look up, because you never know when you might spot one of these 25 Beautiful Rooftop Gardens…

  • At the Top of the City 1 of 25
    At the Top of the City
    You would never know this garden sits in the middle of the towering skyscrapers.
    Find out more at Cottages-Gardens.
  • In the Details 2 of 25
    In the Details
    There are a lot of important details that go into growing a successful rooftop garden.
    Find out more at HGTV.
  • Adding Green in a Small Space 3 of 25
    Adding Green in a Small Space
    Growing a garden on your rooftop may be your best bet when you have a tiny apartment.
    Check it out at Home-Designing.
  • Rooftop Neighborhood 4 of 25
    Rooftop Neighborhood
    Wouldn't you just love to be able to call to your friends from your rooftop gardens?
    Spotted at Lolita.
  • Ecoroofs 5 of 25
    Consider converting your roof into an ecoroof.
    See more at Design Sponge.
  • Look Up 6 of 25
    Look Up
    Next time you're in New York don't just look at the storefront, look up and you might see hints of pretty rooftop gardens.
    Find out more at Design Sponge.
  • Make Do 7 of 25
    Make Do
    Don't make excuses for why you can't garden, even drawers and guitars can make a new home for plants.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Dining on Top 8 of 25
    Dining on Top
    The perfect place to throw a dinner party.
    Spotted at The Style Files.
  • Garden Paradise 9 of 25
    Garden Paradise
    One of the most spectacular gardens I've ever seen on a roof.
    Spotted at Sotheby's.
  • Having it All 10 of 25
    Having it All
    This rooftop garden even has chickens and honeycombs.
    Find out more at Bleubird Vintage.
  • Bastille Restaurant’s Rooftop Garden 11 of 25
    Bastille Restaurant's Rooftop Garden
    Next time you are in Seattle head over to the Bastille Restaurant to ask them all about their fresh garden up above.
    Find out more at Diggin Food.
  • Lush and Green 12 of 25
    Lush and Green
    This garden is oozing with life.
    Spotted at Lillies and Lace.
  • When Everyone Joins In 13 of 25
    When Everyone Joins In
    A community works together to maintain this beautiful rooftop garden.
    Find out more at Inside Urban Green.
  • Secret Getaways 14 of 25
    Secret Getaways
    Such beautiful gardens you wouldn't even know about.
    Spotted at Tumblr.
  • Twilight Garden 15 of 25
    Twilight Garden
    This garden is not only beautiful during the day.
    Spotted at Refinery 29.
  • Mill Valley Cabins 16 of 25
    Mill Valley Cabins
    I think I'd like to stay there.
    Find out more at gblog.
  • Garden Before and After 17 of 25
    Garden Before and After
    Check out the before pictures, you will be shocked to see what it looked like before this.
    Find out more at Home Infatuation.
  • Rooftop Paradise 18 of 25
    Rooftop Paradise
    Not only would it be nice to have a garden, but topping it off with a fire pit would be wonderful.
    Find out more at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Rooftop Garden Walkway 19 of 25
    Rooftop Garden Walkway
    It's hard to believe a NY rooftop would even have the space for a garden lined walkway.
    Spotted at Refinery 29.
  • Rooftop Gardens Book 20 of 25
    Rooftop Gardens Book
    Now you can learn all you need to know about rooftop gardening with the Rooftop Gardens book.
    Find out more at Tree Hugger.
  • Livin’ the Dream 21 of 25
    Livin' the Dream
    How much would you love to walk out to this every evening?
    Spotted at USA Home and Garden.
  • Look Out Below 22 of 25
    Look Out Below
    I spy with my little eye, Central Park.
    Find out more at Home Designing.
  • Time to Get Started 23 of 25
    Time to Get Started
    If you do not have all the space in the world, create a garden with raised beds and vegetable containers.
    Spotted at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Infinity Garden 24 of 25
    Infinity Garden
    This should be called the infinity garden the way it blends into Central Park.
    Find out more at Refinery 29.
  • NYC Living 25 of 25
    NYC Living
    Do you recognize that building in the back? What a view.
    Spotted at Better Homes and Gardens.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.


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