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Originally installed in 2010, the 5,000 square foot Sharp Memorial Hospital Green Roof design depicts the written melody for “Ode to Joy” using plants and containers. It is visible from above, and the melody is recognizable to anyone who can read music.

Over nine years, the yuccas planted in the original containers have grown, and the roots have expanded to the point they were breaking the original containers. Those containers were make of a lighter fiberglass material to lighten the total weight load on the roof.

New containers with new aloe plants were brought in to replace the 2010 originals. Due to the roof location and the scale of the containers, a crain was needed to lift all the materials to the roof. Our Good Earth Plant Company work crew could then proceed with installing the new containers and plants in the same way as any other project. Our client is pleased with the results, which should have a longer lifespan.

Our new aloe plants assembled and ready for lifting up to the roof.

Our new aloe plants assembled and ready for lifting up to the roof.

Our Good Earth Plant Company crew members can't wait to get started on this project.

Our Good Earth Plant Company crew members can’t wait to get started on this project.

Preparation for transport up to the Sharp Memorial Hospital Green Roof.

Preparation for transport up to the Sharp Memorial Hospital Green Roof.

The crane is put into place just outside the Sharp Memorial Hospital emergency room entrance, ready to do its job.

The crane is put into place just outside the Sharp Memorial Hospital emergency room entrance, ready to do its job.

The crane in place at Sharp Memorial Hospital to lift all work materials.

The crane in place at Sharp Memorial Hospital to lift all work materials.

Our plantscaping cargo on its way up to the Sharp Hospital green roof.

Our plantscaping cargo on its way up to the Sharp Hospital green roof.

Our cargo begins its trip up to the Sharo Hospital green roof.

Our cargo begins its trip up to the Sharo Hospital green roof.

Look, it's a flying aloe!

Look, it’s a flying aloe!

Sharp Memorial Hospital employees watch the Good Earth Plant Company green roof show.

Sharp Memorial Hospital employees watch the Good Earth Plant Company green roof show.

Large aloe plants are lifted up to the rooftop for planting.

Large aloe plants are lifted up to the rooftop for planting.

Work crews offload the cargo from the crane on the Sharp Hospital green roof.

Work crews offload the cargo from the crane on the Sharp Hospital green roof.

New containers and plants on the Sharp Hospital green roof, ready for placement as the musical "notes."

New containers and plants on the Sharp Hospital green roof, ready for placement as the musical “notes.”

Our Good Earth Plant Company installer plants the aloe into its container.

Our Good Earth Plant Company installer plants the aloe into its container.