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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927870
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although relatively commonplace in Japan and throughout Europe, green roof gardening is just a grassroots movement in the U.S. But ecological and economic concerns are pushing what was once a landscaping anomaly into the forefront of environmental design. It is, however, not as simple as merely re-creating a ground-level garden high atop a building. Green roof gardening must take into consideration structural engineering issues such as load bearing, waterproofing, insulation, drainage, and maintenance. These same concerns make selecting suitable plant material a challenge. The authors have compiled the first reference tool designed to help green roof gardeners determine the best drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, temperature-hardy plants. Supported by 300-plus color photographs and including cultural details on more than 200 species and cultivars, this is an essential resource for home gardeners and landscape architects and designers looking for environmentally friendly choices. Carol Haggas
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"Supported by 300-plus color photographs and including cultural details on more than 200 species and cultivars, this is an essential resource for home gardeners, landscape architects, and designers looking for environmentally friendly choices."—Carol Haggas, Booklist, October 2006

More About the Author

Edmund Snodgrass started the first green roof nursery in North America and has collaborated on green roof research with colleges and universities. He is co-owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc. Ed speaks and lectures widely on green roofs and has presented in England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada and the US. Ed in 2009 was the recipient of the Spencer P. Ellis award from the Maryland Chapter of ASLA and is the 2011 recipient of the G.B. Gunlogson Award from the American Horticultural Society.

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A great resource for design professionals.
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I am in the greenroof nursery business and found Ed Snodgrass' book informative, well organized and written.
Robert Long
Once you commit to the vegetated roof concept, you are very soon confronted with what will work up there.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Long on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am in the greenroof nursery business and found Ed Snodgrass' book informative, well organized and written. It is going to serve as one of the most useful reference books in my business library. It will be especially useful for greenroof planners when deciding on plant species to use.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Seelig on October 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first must confess that have a green roof on my 2 car rear garage here in Washington, DC and worked directly with the author on choosing the proper plants to thrive in our little micro-climate. So I already know the Snodgrass' are the pre-eminent experts in the United States on the types of plants suitable for a given situation.

That being said, this book provides an invaluable resource for those interested in, or who may become interested in, having a green roof for their home. When we installed our roof 4 years ago, had we not met the authors we would have had great difficulty in even knowing where to begin. Now all of us have that starting point: by reading Green Roof Plants.

And don't think you must be an environmentalist to consider installing a green roof - many do so simply for the aesthetics. In fact, as city dwellers with limited space, we chose a green roof to have something beautiful to view from our kitchen. I suspect there are many of you who really never have thought of having a green roof and would be consigned to a lifetime of looking down or up at a plain shingled, painted or tarred roof. Don't be that homeowner! Installation of a green roof adds perhaps 10-20% to the cost of a painted roof, extend the roof's life and provides significant environmental benefits. Go for it, and buy this book first!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Barnard on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book gives a basic introduction to Vegetated roofs and then provides the best comprehensive and well organized list of potential roof plants I've seen so far. Its going to be an excellent reference book when we begin to experiment with different plant varieties atop our manhattan apartment building.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A great resource for design professionals. I greatly appreciate the honest real world look at vegetated roof planting. Simple plant mixes that have been tested and photographed are really all i need to spec out a system and sound like the genius architect i pretend to be. This little book has already saved me thousands in consultants. Thanks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly W. Luckett on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is the most comprehensive green roof plant resource available; a must-have for anyone specifying, designing, or constructing green roofs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Matthews on April 30, 2009
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This is the perfect companion to Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls -- it specializes in what sort of plants to use given specific conditions and it gives details on how to plant and take care of them -- a super addition to anyones Green library!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Fairchild on March 22, 2007
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While I knew from the title of the book that this is a source of information for green roof plants, I still expected to find information on installation techniques, either very specifically or at least with a list of companies or other sources cited where I could find installation techniques. Only a couple of companies are cited, but with no Sources section in the back of the book -- only nurseries. Many subjects directly connected to planting and building a green roof are only generally touched on with broad explanations. The plant selection pages are great, with lots of color photos and good description.
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