Businessman hopes rooftop vegetation will be a growing trend – Bend Weekly News, Bend, OR

In a gritty industrial section of San Diego, “plantscaper” Jim Mumford is putting down roots. On his roof.

The result, which will come to life this morning, is an elevated oasis in a desert of concrete and metal.

Trucks rumble below. Small planes buzz past wispy clouds above. On one recent afternoon, Mumford settled into a lawn chair on what he bills as the first vegetated roof on a commercial building in the county.

“We’ve planted a seed,” said Mumford.

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