Science University Research Symposium (SURS)


Growth of Herbs on a Green Roof Versus Gardening Box

Publication Date



Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Biology, Department of

SURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Darlene Panvini

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


Herbs are plants that are used for flavor, food, and medicine. They are commonly used daily by people all over the world. For this experiment we chose three different herb species to test their ability to grow in the growing medium of a green roof compared to a gardening box. Since water is available in the box from a water reservoir while the green roof growing medium gets less water, we expect the herbs in the box will grow better than the plants in the soil. Two plants of rosemary, peppermint, and thyme were each planted in a gardening box and on a green roof in the growing substrate. Growth of the plants will be evaluated over the next year. This study is significant to our community as it can provide information regarding the best way to grow plants on green roofs since green roofs are becoming more common in cities and can provide a source of food for people.

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