Rooftop gardens: 7 types of urban gardens on buildings

What are urban rooftop gardens like and what are they for? Below we will see several examples of rooftop gardens that can be installed on the terraces of hotels, restaurants or neighborhood communities.

We already talked in the post about types of urban gardens , some of the gardens in the cities, but the truth is that there are so many cultivation modalities that dozens of more classifications can be made. Today we will talk about urban gardens that, like the rest, are very beneficial for the environment of cities: rooftop gardens .

In addition to being able to enjoy all the benefits of urban gardens and the vegetation that usually accompany them (such as garden flowers or aromatic plants), in the rooftop gardens you can also contemplate a beautiful view of the city.

Types of rooftop gardens

Below we will see a summary of some of the types of rooftop gardens that have caught our attention during this time of visits to orchards around the world .

1. Hotels with a rooftop garden

We have been visiting the garden on the roof of the Hotel Wellington in Madrid for a long time , but there are many other accommodations that offer their guests the possibility of consuming the vegetables and aromatics that are grown on top of the building in the hotel restaurant.

The luxurious hotel of the Hilton chain , the Waldforf Astoria New York , also had, until its remodeling, a large orchard on its roof and, in the NH chain, hotels such as the Collection Barbizon Palace (Netherlands), the Berlin Alexanderplatz (Germany ) or the NH Collection Eurobuilding (Madrid) also have their own rooftop gardens.

2. Rooftop gardens for the sale of organic products

An example is the City Farm urban garden , in Tokyo , and also the great Brooklyn Grange Farm , in New York , is the largest urban rooftop garden in the world. More than 20,000 tons of organic vegetables are grown and sold here every year.   

3. Therapeutic gardens on rooftops

We have not been lucky enough to visit any hospital with a garden on the roof, although in the city of Madrid there are already several projects underway, such as the kindergarten on the roof of the Hospital 12 de Octubre or the hospital La Paz.

In the city of Barcelona, ​​the «Hort al Terrat» project has already created five roof gardens in municipal buildings that function as therapeutic gardens where more than 100 people with disabilities grow plants.

Whether on the roof or in the garden on the ground floor, I hope that more and more health centers and hospitals will join this initiative of therapeutic gardens , since there are many benefits of this type of space for patients and their families. .

4. Rooftop greenhouses

It is amazing to see a large greenhouse on the roof of any building. As we saw in the post Rooftop greenhouses, advantages of high-rise urban agriculture , cultivating rooftop gardens also has many benefits for cities and for those of us who live in them.

Compared to conventional rooftop gardens (without a roof), rooftop greenhouses have some advantages, such as lower incidence of pests and diseases, or protection from heavy rain or wind. But of course … that also shows in what the initial investment costs, and, of course, rooftop gardens are cheaper.

5. Community rooftop gardens

We have visited several rooftop gardens started by neighborhood associations or groups, such as the Anken Rooftop Garden in Shanghai . A community garden on the roof of a restaurant, where the Good to China association conducts workshops and organizes urban gardeners who want to participate in the garden. 

6. Rooftop garden restaurants

More and more restaurants, if they have the possibility, are installing an urban garden on the roof of their building that supplies them with the vegetables and aromatics they use in their kitchens.

Elena showed us some rooftop garden restaurants in the article on the world’s most famous garden restaurants .

7. Plant garden on a roof or terrace

Finally, I did not want to leave without telling you about a possibility that is more within everyone’s reach: a planter on the roof or in the terrace of the house.

I leave you here below the video series «How to make a Macetohuerto» from the Agrohuerto TV Channel:

I hope that, if you have the possibility, you are encouraged to install a garden on your roof. From Agrohuerto we will help you as much as we can!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!! If you like it, rate it and help us spread the word so that more and more people are encouraged by this urban agriculture. Greetings!


  1. Ecologists in Action, 2009. Small manual of rooftop cultivation . Ed .: Ecologists in Action of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Obra Social de la Caja de Canarias.
  2. Briz, J. et al., 2017. Urban Agriculture in Height . Editorial Agrícola Española, SA ISBN: 8492928824.
  3. Mayor Aréjula, P. & Timón Arroyo, M., 2017. Ecological gardens are on the roofs of the best hotels . The World, Science and Health.
  4. Gutiérrez Abaunza, FD, 2019. Urban gardens, a second alternative . Magazine B33 Arquitectura, nº 4 (2019): Urban Studies.

Related posts

Deja una respuesta

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada. Los campos obligatorios están marcados con *

Botón volver arriba