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Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide [Hardcover]

Edmund C. Snodgrass , Lucie L. Snodgrass
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15 Oct 2006
In just a few years, green roofs have gone from a horticultural curiosity to a booming growth industry primarily because the environmental benefits of extensively planted roofs are now beyond dispute, whether for industrial or governmental complexes or for private homes in urban or suburban settings. Despite the high level of interest in green roofs, until now there has been no reliable reference devoted exclusively to the various species of drought-tolerant plants that are suitable for use on extensive green roofs. Green Roof Plants fills that void. The book contains photographs and cultural information for more than 200 species and cultivars of plants, including valuable data on moisture needs, heat tolerance, hardiness, bloom color, foliage characteristics, and height. Concise, accurate, and easy to use, this book is destined to become an indispensable practical reference guide, not just for architects, landscape designers, engineers, and environmentalists, but also for environmentally conscious home gardeners.

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (15 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927870
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 20061001 A welcomed edition to the minimal literature on designing and building green roofs. This reference manual should be on the shelf of every landscape architect and designer who specifies plants for green roofs. Oregon Land 20061001 A desirable companion book for anyone who owns a rooftop garden or is interested in designing or installing one. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20061111 Even if you aren't interested in installing a green roof, the plant list is worth perusing to get ideas for choosing plants that are especially drought-tolerant. HortIdeas 20061201 Represents the best overview of green roofs and green roof plantings that I have seen in one volume. -- Richard Sutton Landscape Architecture 20070101 One of the few places you can find detailed discussions about what is required and the specific plants which will thrive up on the roof. -- Susan Smith-Durisek Lexington Herald-Leader 20070120 A practical reference guide not just for architects and landscape designers, but for environmentally-conscious home gardeners. -- Eric Hofley Michigan Gardener 20070501 It is very encouraging that such a thorough reference is now on the market. -- Erik van Lennep Cultivate.ie 20070901 Offers a thorough explanation of plants that have performed well on roofs. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20071109 I have been thinking about the possible uses of ... drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants. It was [this book] that started me on this journey. -- Anne Raver New York Times 20071115 Offers a thorough explanation of plants, including color photographs, that have performed well on roofs. -- Joel M. Lerner Denver Post 20071204 The beauty of Green Roof Plants lies in its concise, clear, and extensive ... coverage of the authors' years of knowledge. ... An easy, reliable reference and a practical must-have handbook for all of us in the green roof industry, weathered professionals or novice do-it-your-selfers. -- Linda S. Velazquez GreenRoofs.com 20080129

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About Edmund C. Snodgrass 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. About Lucie L. Snodgrass Lucie L. Snodgrass is a passionate gardener and professional writer. Before teaching at the college level, she served as a policy advisor in state and federal government. Lucie holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars green on top 22 Oct 2009
It's informative although the photos are a little bit bleached it has all the info you need to green your roof. I wanted more photos but it does what it says on the tin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read on Greenroof plants 12 Jan 2007
By Robert Long - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide by the Definitve Experts 27 Oct 2007
By Steven Seelig - Published on Amazon.com
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!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A basic overview of green roof plants 15 Jan 2007
By James Barnard - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple, smart and useful 10 Feb 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job Ed and Lucy 30 Mar 2007
By Kelly W. Luckett - Published on Amazon.com
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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