Brooklyn woman transforms roof into garden

Lory Henning turned her 20-by-40-foot roof into a lush green field, which she calls a "green roof." (5/2/14)

BROOKLYN - A Prospect-Lefferts Gardens woman has turned part of her home into an eco-friendly oasis.

Lory Henning turned her 20-by-40-foot roof into a lush green field, which she calls a "green roof." She and her wife, Cindy, transformed their room because they wanted to add more gardening space to their home. First, Hennings added a protective layer, then laid down some special engineering soil, and planted five varieties of sedum.

"We're giving back to the birds and insects and the city as a whole, frankly, because our house is radiating less heat back into our atmosphere," says Henning.

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The green roof also helps cut energy costs for her home, as it helps to insulate the house.

Henning documented her experience with the green roof on her blog. She says she hopes to inspire others to go green, too.

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