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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Rev Upd edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929119
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Alice Joyce
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"Discusses the very latest in both large scale commercial and small domestic projects. Reading this book is a wonderful requirement before starting construction."
National Gardener, July 2004


“For those who lack a yard and want to green a roof or wall, this resource offers important technical advice, along with horticultural recommendations for flat, sloped, and vertical surfaces.  Dunnett and Kingsbury review examples of ornamental projects and stress the wide-ranging benefits of greening buildings, from recreational aspects to increased energy efficiency.”



“Gardening gurus will appreciate the thorough knowledge the writers share regarding various techniques and resources required to plant green roofs and living walls, discussing, for example, how soil depth and environmental stress will affect plant choice and maintenance.”



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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Green Lives on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls is an excellent book for any landscape architect who has not yet designed and detailed either. For myself, the most helpful bit of information was the data collected and presented from various green roofs.

The living wall section on the other hand was thin. There was no mention of the living wall system Patrick Blanc developed which is much more interesting than putting up a wire trellis and planting vines next to it. The other comment i would have is that almost all of the examples are from Europe. We have fabulous examples in the US with more relevant plant materials and weather conditions.

Finally I would say that the authors didn't seem interested in exploring native plant materials and instead focused on a few cookie cutter plants commonly planted all over the northern hemisphere. Not unlike McDonalds.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Velazquez on September 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Greenroof professionals and enthusiasts alike will be delighted with the easy reading and scope of content offered in "Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls" by Nigel Dunnett and Noël Kingsbury. Very well organized, the book's forte and major value is as an essential resource - especially in terms of plant description, characteristics and specification. It's also a great bargain in that the book is filled with color photos, drawings, charts and reference material. This indispensable hard cover reference guide contains a truly massive collection of appropriate plant information, and perhaps most importantly, extensive plant directories are provided for both greenroofs and façade greening.

Organic Architecture with Plants

Greenroofs, living walls, and various other bio-engineering techniques are introduced and the authors cite the associated benefits and reasons why we should be integrating these measures of organic architecture into our built environments. The authors refer to current international research and technology; background and history are touched on; and benefits and applications of these "ecotechnologies" are discussed at length. Yet, a "How-To Build" book this is not; basic principles are set out and tools for further research are provided.

Benefits at a Range of Scales

The section "Why Build Green Roofs?" explores hard evidence and the various benefits operating at a range of scales from amenity and aesthetic values to economic and environmental aspects. Increased roof life, insulation and energy efficiency, green building assessment and public relations, biodiversity and wildlife value, water management, air pollution, and fire prevention and risks are discussed with supporting evidence.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Funk on November 9, 2006
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This book is great for those who may have trouble visualizing the possibilities of what you can do with a green roof. There are many examples of what you can grow, and what types of vegetation are suitable. The book is however not very technical about the architectural detailing considerations involved. Some sections and detail drawings would make this book much more valuable as a design resource.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian on February 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While this book covers a lot of ground, it never digs in very deeply. How about some specifics on green roof components or support systems for living walls? This book doesn't provide those kinds of details. Although it has directories of plants for roofs and walls, the descriptions are very sketchy and, for most of the species, it doesn't provide hardiness zones. You'll have to be familiar with them or do additional research just to determine if they'll survive in your climate. For green roof plants, take a look at the Snodgrass book on green roof plants instead. Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls is a good introduction but you'll need to look at other books that provide more detailed case studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krzysztof Rostañski on August 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wide range of examples of designs presenting different approaches to green roof and living walls planting. Examples rarely accessible in other books. Described methods, plants selections and names of producers give real help in daytime work. Book for interesting reading! not only for looking on photographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Munawar Ali on July 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After combing the internet, (and I went from top to bottom), I found there was just NO information on how to secure a Wisteria to a wall. The plant has a habit of growing 18 inch+ trunks, and destroys trellises it is climbing upon. It's no joke growing a Wisteria.

Enter the book "Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls" By Nigel Dunnet and Noel Kingsbury. Some good ole boys from Germany who love to talk about vines and roof grass. Who would have thought there are German Hippies? Well, it takes a German Hippy to figure this stuff out. The book is first part - roofs, second part heavy vines. Most references in the book are related to Wisteria,which is why it works so well.

I learned alot about what I needed. Great addition to the library for any vine gardener.
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