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High life: rooftop gardens can be a haven of sociability

During lockdown, some apartment dwellers created green spaces to get 'out of the city' and enjoy some social time, writes Amy O'Connor

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Michael Rekab on his roof garden, Dublin 1. PHOTO: FRANK MCGRATH

Michael Rekab on his roof garden, Dublin 1. PHOTO: FRANK MCGRATH

Michael Rekab says the roof garden is a ‘little escape’

Michael Rekab says the roof garden is a ‘little escape’

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Michael Rekab on his roof garden, Dublin 1. PHOTO: FRANK MCGRATH

At the beginning of lockdown, Rachel McKinney found herself tired of looking at the "basic, bland rooftop" located next to her kitchen. "Then when April came and the sun came out, I was like, 'I just want to go outside and enjoy the space,'" she explains.

McKinney, who lives in Limerick city with her husband, decided to ask her landlord if she could buy some plants for the rooftop. "I said, 'hey, do you mind if I put some potted plants up here to make it look a bit prettier?' and he was more than happy to let me do that," she says.

After getting the green light to flex her green thumb, she set about transforming her empty rooftop into a blooming garden. She went to shops like Dealz to buy items such as pots, plants and soil as well as outdoor furniture.