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May 5, 2009

The two RV Gypsies visited a garden in San Francisco, California and were amazed by The Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences.
The Living Roof - California Academy of Sciences
history clipart bookAssembling a 197,000-square-foot rooftop to accommodate a living tapestry of native plant species is challenging enough. Add to that the technical problems posed by the roof's extreme dips and slopes. How to keep the plants and soil from sliding off? Rana Creek, who worked with Piano to design the roof, developed and patented a solution called the BioTray®. They used 50,000 porous, biodegradable trays made from tree sap and coconut husks as containers for the vegetation. These trays line the rooftop like tile, yet enable the roots to grow and interlock, binding the trays together like patchwork.
The Living Roof - California Academy of Sciences
The Living Roof - California Academy of Sciences
The Living Roof´s 1.7 million native plants were specially chosen to flourish in Golden Gate Park´s climate. After experimenting with thirty native species, the finalists were all able to self-propagate. They will thrive with little water, resist the salt spray from ocean air, and tolerate wind. The roof will provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. A future project will seek to introduce the endangered San Bruno Elfin Butterfly and the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly to this new habitat.
The Living Roof - California Academy of Sciences
The Living Roof - California Academy of Sciences
Notice that there are people on top of the roof in the photos above.
 
a visit to a gardens in San Francisco
a flower in the garden
a flower in the garden
aloe sign
a type of aloe
DIFFERENT TYPES OF ALOE
a type of aloe
a type of aloe
a type of aloe
Veld Fire sign
Veld Fire
Homerica Flaccida sign
Homerica Flaccida
Chilean rhubarb sign
Chilean rhubarb
Chilean rhubarb
Chilean rhubarb
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in California - April 2009

California photos are in 28 separate sections found below. Some sections may have more than one page so that the photos will upload faster. You may visit these sections in any order you choose. Each section will have this menu so that visitors do not have to keep returning here in order to continue the California adventures. There is also a link to Oregon at the very bottom of the California menu.

travel scenery
Mountain Lakes RV Park
Venice Beach
Big Bear Mountain (4 pages)
Palm Springs Tram (3 pages)
Karen's family photos

Kaweah Park Resort and a bobcat

Three Rivers and Lake Kaweah

driving scenery

Sequoia National Park (3 pages)

Kings Canyon
- big sequoia trees

Yosemite Nat'l Park

El Capitan

Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls

Indian Flat RV Park

The Golden Gate Bridge

Fisherman's Wharf /
Seals / Alcatraz

Armstrong Woods
State Preserve -
Giant Redwood Trees

Sonoma County driving tour / beaches

San Francisco
and cable car ride

The Living Roof
and Gardens

Chinatown

N. Petaluma KOA
and driving scenery

Bear Mtn RV Resort

Shasta Lake

Mt. Shasta

Shasta Dam

 

Sundial Bridge

 
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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have enjoyed all of the above, please continue on to Oregon.