Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune

Planting green space on roofs, such as this one at Hamline, is a growing trend — and a growing market for Bachman’s.

Photo: Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune
Ken Dehkes, who led the green roof project atop Hamline University’s new Anderson Center, secured the rooftop garden area last week on the school’s St. Paul campus.

There’s a quiet creep of green moving across the rooftops of the Twin Cities, with succulent sedum, purple plugs of allium and other hearty plants replacing rock and tar.

Recently, Twin Cities garden giant Bachman’s Inc. and a Michigan firm called LiveRoof installed an 1,800-square-foot green roof atop the new student center at Hamline University in St. Paul.

The Anderson Center’s green roof is a swath of hearty perennials that hugs a third-floor terrace. “It’s functional, but for us, there’s a distinct aesthetic value,” said Ken Dehkes, Hamline’s director of facilities operations and horticultural services.

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