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Bountifully illustrated and brimming with stimulating information and ideas. Highly recommended for gardeners and environmentalists and anyone interested in greening up.
(Vicky Fellowes Publisher's Weekly)

This lavishly illustrated book reviews the basics of design and installation. For homeowners, landscape architects, and engineers, this is a great overview of projects that won't break the bank.
(Catriona Tudor Erler Living Architecture Monitor)

The emphasis on smaller and local is easy to understand.
(Camilla Clocker E-The Environmental Magazine)

Full of pictures and easy to read.
(Landscape Architecture Magazine)

Humble, yet inspirational projects.
(Smith Mountain Laker Magazine)

"Small Green Roofs is a valuable source book for information on the nuts and bolts of designing and planting a living roof, as well as an inspirational resource for ideas."
(Washington Gardener)

"The photographs are more than excellent. Installation instructions and planting designs are appealing enough to inspire all of us gardeners."
(American Horticultural Society)

“…a real trailblazer...the only in-depth guide to do it yourself green roofs…a balance of functional how-to with inspirational ideas and solid horticultural information.”

About the Author

Nigel Dunnett is a Reader in Urban Horticulture in the landscape department at the University of Sheffield, where he has developed innovative research programs on naturalistic and ecologically informed planting for gardens and public landscapes. He is director of The Green Roof Centre, Sheffield, and acts widely as a consultant on green roof design and planting, and sustainable garden and landscape design in general.

He writes regularly for landscape and garden publications, including Gardens Illustrated and The Garden. With Noël Kingsbury he wrote Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls; with Andy Clayden, Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape.



Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and founder of livingroofs.org, an independent green roofs association that promotes vegetated roof structures in urban and rural areas. With a background in community theatre, he is passionate about nature conservation and birdwatching.

A frequent television and conference presenter on green roofs and biodiversity, he is particularly interested in teaching amateurs how to make green roofs. In 2004 he was awarded the Andrew Lees Memorial Award at the annual British Environment and Media Awards. He is currently president of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations.




John Little is a partner in The Grass Roof Company, an award-winning, eco-friendly landscape design and management company that designs and builds green-roof buildings, designs and maintains school grounds and undertakes grounds maintenance work on behalf of local authorities. He has developed a broad reputation for his innovative green-roofed small buildings for schools, gardens and community use. His turf-roofed house won Daily Telegraph self-build house of the year in 1996.


Edmund C. Snodgrass started the first green roof nursery in the United States and has collaborated on green roof research with colleges and universities. A fifth-generation farmer and nurseryman, he is owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc. and Green Roof Plants in Street, Maryland, specializing in plants and horticultural consulting for green roofs.

He is coauthor, with Linda McIntyre, of The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance. He also wrote, with his wife, Lucie Snodgrass, Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604690593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604690590
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steven Leighton on August 11, 2011
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This book is a cross Atlantic effort with authors and green roof specialists in England and the USA. It is very good for people who live in a pretty cool climate with a good amount of rain, like the north of England with temps of 25F lowest to 85F highest. I guess NY/NJ and New England along with Oregon and Wash. state could use this book too making suitable changes in plants used. Of the approximately 42 cases presented about 39 are from England (the original not the new!). I live on the desert plain of Mexico at the base of the Sierra Madre mountain range- the case studies are of little use here -- but I can always dream of daily rain, grey skies and biting winds can't I?
The five stars are for the content and quality of the book even though it won't work for me or anyone in the desert southwest of the USA.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wiltshire Bookworm on November 19, 2011
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Previous books I've seen on the subject of green roofs are much more geared towards greening very large properties. This one is designed for people like me who are thinking about a small project at home or for a school or community garden.

The first few chapters explore the principles involved, such as getting the supporting structure right and which plants to choose. There's a useful few pages discussing whether DIY or hiring a company is the right thing for the project you have in mind.

The bulk of the book comprises a number of case studies showcasing various homescale and community green roof projects from around the world. A number of these belong to the authors, some of which highlight the research they've conducted in their own gardens to acquire the knowledge they're now sharing with us.

These and the copious photographs in the book also show just how varied green roofs can be: from a bird table through various sheds and storage spaces, to houses and outdoor classrooms. They're also not just a load of sedums and I'd love to see the trolley storage areas at my local supermarket converted!

On the whole I loved this book, but I sometimes found it difficult to find the answers to particular questions I have about putting a green roof on my shed. Suggested plants for different situations (e.g. shade) would have been particularly useful as well as a summary of the tasks involved from start to finish. The information's there, but it often has to be gleaned from reading through a combination of principles and various case studies.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Celtic Gardener on January 20, 2012
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If you have any interest in green roofs, buy this one first! My favorite green roof book (I own most of those available). Doesn't get caught up in technical specifications, which are far too complicated for the average gardener/homeowner, who will probably only want to do a shed/chicken coop/dog kennel. Inspirational case studies. Nicely written, beautiful photos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael D VINE VOICE on March 26, 2013
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I like this book, largely because it seems to be the best of it's type. I'm glad I bought it, and recommend it if you want to get into green roofs. The photos are very useful and inspiring, and there are a few pages in the beginning which outline useful principles.

However, there are many faults. First, they are excessively biased towards a California-type of climate. Second, it's really not a how-to book in any sense. It's useful in orienting you to the overall approach of using linings and supports, but it's up to you to source the materials and figure out how to build it.

The bulk of the book is a number of case studies, several of which are quite similar to each other. The example which is on the cover is not representative of the book overall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Van Houten on July 12, 2013
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The authors did a great job giving a survey of green roofs. I first became interested in green roofs from Hundertwasser's work; greenroofs and composting toilets. This is a wonderful introductory book giving a pleasing array of examples. It would be wonderful if the authors would continue on this line and do a more comprehensive book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.Johnson on June 25, 2012
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I love the idea of an actual growing roof and this book gave me some good ideas about where and how to start. I only wish the instructions had been more detailed and that there had been more pictures for each step of the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 14, 2014
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It's a good book, but ideas looking for small green roof projects. To me houses and such re not small. I went on to make my 8 x 8 potting shed with green roof and I can honestly say it wasn't with any of the info from the book. The book was well written and had nice pics but for me, it didn't quite hit the mark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on September 6, 2013
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Very helpful for someone wanting to do a small scale green roof. My husband and I have been wanting to install a living roof on a small log cabin we own. I was so glad to run across this little book. We will definitely make use of the section on other people's projects outlining their plans and what they felt went well and things to avoid.
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