- 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: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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.
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.