Foodie Roof

Ryan Duffy’s righteous rooftop garden rules


We’ve known for awhile the benefits of green roofs. In Germany there’s an industry based around it, where a portion of all new development is required to have some sort of plant life or garden on the rooftops. The investment makes economic sense (savings in energy bills for the building below) and environmental sense (more green space in the city). A third benefit in this particular case is that the garden, planted on the top of the Radisson Suite Hotel (1649 Hollis, 429-7233) by Chris Velden, the head chef at Ryan Duffy’s Steak & Seafood (1650 Bedford Row, 421-1116), is full of herbs that will eventually wind up enhancing the taste of his dishes. “Four Plant Boxes are filled with fresh Herb Seedlings,” Velden wrote in his blog ( last month. “Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Sage, Mint, Borage, Chervil, Bee Balm, Purple Basil, Thai Basil, Dill, Parsley, Cilantro, Cumin, Lavender and Nasturtiums. The only thing what’s missing is the Sun. They start to grow and need some summer sun.” Velden didn’t get his wish much in June, but this week the clouds have started to part. We may get some summer yet. Check out Velden’s blog for updates on his plans to install beehives on the roof. Honey!

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