Budding minds learn about gardening, sustainability atop hotel roof

John McDevitt
May 15, 2018 - 7:12 pm
The Sofitel hosted about a dozen ninth-graders in its rooftop garden — 15 floors up — to learn about planting and sustainability.

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CENTER CITY (KYW Newsradio) — The Sofitel Philadelphia hotel's rooftop is always buzzing with activity, which eventually makes its way down to its guests.

The Sofitel hosted about a dozen ninth-graders in its rooftop garden — 15 floors up — to learn about planting and sustainability.

The hotel has been growing plants there for the past five years, taking advantage of recycled rainwater to help nourish 10 varieties of herbs and vegetables. Those plants eventually make their way to the hotel's kitchen and bar with Executive Chef Edward Hancock.

Students from Girard College rolled up their sleeves, put on gloves and grabbed shovels to partake in the process.

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

The rooftop is also home to eight beehives, where about 1 million bees pollinate the garden and provide honey, which is also used in the hotel.

"It's kind of a way to give us community service almost, but in a way we all enjoy," while also learning something new in the process, said student Torie.