Through the south-facing windows of c5 Restaurant Lounge, the new roof garden provides a constantly changing natural scene for restaurant patrons. The plantings are chosen to evoke lushness – the key distinction between garden and green roof.
The late Liza Samuel served the Royal Ontario Museum in many roles, including Chair of the Board of Trustees and a founding member of the Board of Governors. In both capacities, she continued the Samuel family's century of extraordinary generosity to the Museum.
This roof garden has been funded in Liza's honour by her former board colleagues, her family, friends, members of the Department of Museum Volunteers, and other generous donations made in her memory. Additional support has been provided by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the City of Toronto Green Roof Incentive Program, and an anonymous foundation.
Designed by PLANT Architect Inc., with Gardens in the Sky as the green roof consultant, Liza's Garden turns an ordinary roofscape into much more than a standard green roof. It creates an environmentally savvy and dynamic landscape.
Although there can be no access to the garden, it acts in several ways to enhance the sustainability of the ROM through storm water retention, reduction of the heat island effect, and the provision of a habitat for birds and insects.