Robb’s Roost is a seating and observation area featuring a green roof that is decidedly more accessible than most: Visitors can easily reach it via the Observation Tower stairs, and a 4-foot grated metal walkway takes them right over the roof garden to lime green tables and chairs under a steel-and-wood pergola. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view!
The green roofs displays an herbaceous blend of three native grasses (all of which are featured in our Habiturf® native grass mix) on one side and a succulent and wildflower garden on the other. Both were planted using SkySystem™, a growing medium formulated specifically for performing well on green roofs in hot climates. (Like Habiturf, SkySystem was developed by Wildflower Center researchers.)
The space was developed in the 1990s with funds provided by Lynda Johnson Robb, eldest daughter of Lady Bird and Lyndon Baines Johnson; the green roof adaptation was made possible with additional support from The University of Texas at Austin’s Green Fee Committee.