Guidy from Daktuindesign Green Minds

In today’s world, where environmental consciousness is becoming increasingly important, there are individuals and businesses working tirelessly to promote sustainability and green practices. One such remarkable human is Guidy, the mastermind behind Daktuindesign

I asked Guidy three questions about her journey from how she got into designing rooftop spaces to her best tips how everybody can contribute to more biodiversity. Read them all below!

Why did you start designing rooftop gardens?

During my studies, I became familiar with green roofs and rooftop gardens. At that time, they were not yet well-known. However, I immediately felt that this could make a difference for many cities. We have a whole rooftop landscape that provides space and openness that we do not have on the ground. Space for nature, but also for gardens and parks so that we, as humans, can experience nature again. Take a break and enjoy small moments. Green roofs, green facades, and rooftop gardens offer the solution for reducing heat stress, improving water management, and air quality in cities.

How would you describe your relationship with nature?

Living, it is something that moves along like the seasons and can grow like a plant when nurtured and given space. When I go outside or into the forest to draw, the ideas flow better than when I am indoors behind my computer. When I spend more time working in the garden, my mind and body find peace. I want everyone to experience that peace, relaxation, and moments of happiness. Whether you have a garden, an empty rooftop terrace, or a small balcony, a sense of having a garden is possible for everyone.

Do you have tips on how everyone can contribute to biodiversity?

I have many tips!

  • Use climbing plants for taller greenery. Fun examples are honeysuckle or if you like autumn colors, Virginia creeper.
  • Edible greenery is double fun. Buy a few vegetable plants from a garden center and you will have nice plants, beautiful flowers, and eventually delicious food 😉
  • A nice tip and challenge when buying a plant is to see if there is also a native variant. For example, sage is often non-native, but we also have a beautiful native sage.
  • Insect hotels are always great. Space for nests. You won’t be bothered by them, but they provide valuable space for biodiversity.
  • I sometimes hear people choosing artificial grass because they want low greenery and don’t want to mow. This can also be achieved with very low-lying ground cover plants such as chickweed. Living plants are much better against heat stress, and every plant is valuable for nature.

I had the honour to work with Guidy on the copy of her new website and learn more about the advantages of green rooftops. If you need help with your web copy or some advice to improve your content, feel free to send me a message

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