Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls |
by Nigel Dunnett (Author), NoŽl Kingsbury (Author)
Green roofs are a hot topic, and one that constitutes a trend extending well
beyond the world of gardening. This sourcebook brings together a fascinating
amount of data, covering the actual logistics of how to implement plantings on
roofs and building facades. Dunnett and Kingsbury look at examples of ornamental
projects while stressing the concept's solid link to the environment.
Examinations of recent research underline the wide-ranging benefits of greening
buildings, from recreational aspects to increased energy efficiency. Among the
most positive changes to emerge are improvements in the air we breathe and the
support of biodiversity. Given the lively current interest in how to extend
living ecosystems that reach beyond the ground plane to the upper stories of our
homes and office buildings, this resource offers important technical advice,
along with horticultural recommendations pertinent to flat or sloped roofs and
the greening of vertical surfaces. Undoubtedly, other manuals will appear as an
interest in living roofs increases. At present, the material compiled here will
be welcomed by a wide audience.
"Discusses the very latest in both large scale commercial and small domestic
projects. Reading this book is a wonderful requirement before starting
óNational Gardener, July 2004 (National Gardener )
"Don't be put off by the textbook style. It reads well and packs in a huge
amount of information, making it well worth the price."
óCleve West, Gardens Illustrated, January 2005 (Gardens Illustrated )
"Nigel Dunnett, senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield, England, and
NoŽl Kingsbury, a well-known British garden writer, have given this growing
landscape sector its first reference with broad appeal."
óEd Snodgrass, American Gardener, November/December 2004 (American Gardener )
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Timber Press; Rev Upd edition (April 15, 2008)