5 Gorgeous Rooftop Gardens

City dwellers don’t have nice big yards with plenty of room for vegetable patches, so they’ve got to look for higher ground to sow their seeds. More and more rooftop gardens, from a few potted veggies to full-on farms, are popping up in cities around the world. They’re great space savers, an eco way to eat local in an urban area, and simply beautiful. Click through the slideshow to see some of our favorite gardens in the sky.

Pamela Reed’s rooftop garden in Brooklyn grew from a few potted veggies to a mini farm. You can read about her adventures growing everything from beautiful flowering Brussels sprouts to jack-o-lantern pumpkins at Brooklyn Farm Girl.

Johanne Daoust is a garden designer who has been growing food on her Toronto roof for 12 years. Here you can see just a corner of her garden—it’s packed with trellises for climbing veggies, potted herbs, and raised beds. Check out more views of her rooftop paradise on her Flickr page.

  We love this artfully assembled and vibrant container garden. It would be wonderful to enjoy summer evenings in this beautiful space with a book and a cool drink.

At rooftop gardening resource site Battery Roof Top Garden, they’re growing fruits and veggies 35 floors above New York Harbor. It turns out that’s the perfect spot for growing delicious Asian pears!

Christopher Porter, a software engineer and blogger at Canadian Veggie, tends a plot in this rooftop jungle above his apartment in Vancouver. The building was part of the athlete’s village during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the roof is now host to about 20 individual family garden plots and two communal apple trees.

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