The Biosphere's green roofs and indoor garden

As part of its 15th anniversary celebrations, the Biosphere has installed two green roofs and created an indoor garden that reproduces three Canadian ecosystems. A visit to these installations allows visitors to learn more about the environment and technologies for green housing.

The urban beehives

Urban beehives and beekeepers at the Biosphere

Bees are under threat more than ever from pesticides and a multitude of other factors. The Biosphere took concrete action to provide bees with an environment where they can live and work in peace. Visitors can now view, installed on the museum’s green roof, two urban hives surrounded by a surprising variety of plants. The bees benefit from the biodiversity in Parc Jean-Drapeau as they perform their role as pollinators.

When visiting the museum in the summer, stop for a while at the lookout. There, you can take photos of the beautiful view and learn more about our urban hives.

The green roofs

The green roofs, which cover 242 square metres, are visible from the museum lookout. They demonstrate how the installation of planted roofs can benefit urban environments by helping to counter heat islands, dampen noise, boost energy efficiency, and purify the air and water. Two types of green roofs -- extensive and intensive -- are demonstrated. The Biosphere roofs enable people interested in acquiring this technology to learn about available options.

The extensive green roof:

Biosphère's extensive green roof

Photo: © Vista Photo, 2010

The intensive green roof:

Biosphère's intensive green roof

Photo: © Vista Photo, 2010

Biosphère's intensive green roof

Toiture Nature working on the intensive green roof

Photo: © Environment Canada, 2015

The indoor garden

The Biosphere has redesigned its indoor garden as a conservation area for plants. Youths and adults can learn more about ponds, peat bogs and mixed-wood forests, and thus acquire an enhanced understanding of these three ecosystems and their biodiversity. The plants in the garden are all indigenous to North America, and some are vulnerable or threatened in Quebec. The garden tour includes various interpretive components, such as a game for identifying ecological gardening allies that promotes awareness about the functioning of various natural ecosystems and the importance of conserving them.


The indoor garden at the Biosphere

Photo: © Vista Photo, 2010

The indoor garden at the Biopshere

The installation of the green roofs

The Biosphere has created two videos, that use the stop motion technique, illustrating the installations of its green roofs. Click on the images below to view the videos on YouTube!

A video about the Biosphere's extensive green roof installation

A video about the Biosphere's intensive green roof installation

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