The Berry Prairie Blog

Native Biodiversity in a Rooftop Landscape

Apr 21, 2014, 4:37 PM
For the third year in a row, our returning champion of First Bloomer makes its appearance! The Fewseed Draba (Draba oligosperma) is now in bloom! Huzzah!
Apr 17, 2014, 4:43 PM
The Berry Prairie has become home to approximately 60 species of native grasses, forbs and shrubs, as well as 8 orders of insects (according to Master's student, Kyle Bolenbaugh, who is studying the green roof). Of course humans frequent the roof regularly, but this winter we added one more vertebrate species to our Celebrity Spotlight list: a rabbit!
Apr 14, 2014, 4:53 PM
This is the time of year where are fingers are itching to get in the dirt, when our seed packets are singing our names, and when gardening blogs are seeing their maximum traffic. It's almost gardening season, and that means it's time to dream and prepare!
Apr 8, 2014, 5:21 PM
After a long hiatus, the Berry Prairie is beginning to come alive again! The plants in the photos below are slowly but surely sprouting new leaves, putting out buds, and embracing the 55 degree warmth of spring.