Using prairie grasses and flowers on green roofs in Nebraska.
(2013) A professor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a dual appointment in agronomy and horticulture, and landscape architecture, Dr. Richard Sutton is developing less expensive and more reliable procedures to grow native prairie grasses and wildflowers in place of traditional sedums in green roof applications.
Richard started the research project in 2007, installing his first prairie grass green roof on top of Lincoln’s Pioneers Park Nature Center. Today, he has five green roof projects in progress, including a 6,000-square-foot area on the Larson Building in downtown Lincoln.
“Using prairie grasses in green roof applications was just something that looked interesting to me,” Sutton said. “It just seemed like a great way to put together my skills and interests.”