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Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco up on their rooftop garden.
Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco up on their rooftop garden.

Taking the backyard garden to new heights

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A Potsdam couple is growing flowers and vegetables in a garden on the roof of a storage building on their property. The thin-shelled concrete roof includes a thick layer of mulch that supports an ornamental and vegetable garden. The funky Asian-style structure with its turf top looks like something from Hobbiton or Hogwarts. The owners could have installed a garden plot in the nearby hayfield, but found the "green" roof an easier option.

Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco are offering tours, by reservation, of their rooftop garden on Saturday. Todd Moe followed the couple up metal steps to the roof for a stroll through their garden-with-a-view.

You can reserve a spot on the roof garden tour by calling 315-347-4223, or email: SustLivingProject@gmail.com

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The garden includes a path, flowering perennials, small trees and vegetables.

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Todd Moe
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