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Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living Paperback – April 27, 2011
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“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.” —Publishers Weekly
“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.” —American Horticultural Society
“The photographs are more than excellent. Installation instructions and planting designs are appealing enough to inspire all of us gardeners.” —Washington Gardener
“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.” —Smith Mountain Laker
“Humble, yet inspirational projects.” —Landscape Architecture
“Will spark one’s imagination. . . . Recommended.” —Choice
“Full of pictures and easy to read.” —Environmental Magazine
“The emphasis on smaller and local is easy to understand.” —Living Architecture Monitor
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.
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book walks u thru several green roofs projects with pics. In each case it details what the project entailed and the ups and downs from each one. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Really good start to a great series
I was planning on building an 8x8 green roof on my new chicken coop needed some info on where to start. Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. Clarke
I am happy I purchased this book. It has lots of beautiful photos and can be used as a coffee table book just to inspire you to garden more as well as a reference with lots of... Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by carettasam
I love this book. It's easy to read. Has a list of sources for appropriate plants, etc. I just can't wait to begin a very small project on my tiny garage in Maine. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Regina D.S.
I am not a professional, just a back yard/rooftop gardener. This book has given me the information I need to create a small, simple rooftop garden.Published on March 15, 2014 by Norma Katz
This book contains very little real information.
If you want to read wistful accounts of what kinds of wildflowers were planted on the roofs of several people you've... Read more
Pictures and how to are perfect!
Very easy directions and tips.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting green ideas
Great How To Book with awesome Green Roof examples! The book will be very useful in designing a green roof for our new home.Published on September 23, 2013 by Susan H Jordan