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Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls Hardcover – 1 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Revised edition edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929119
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This sourcebook brings together a fascinating amount of data, covering the actual logistics of how to implement plantings of roofs and building facades. . . 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.

Illustrates the increasing popularity of planting on roofs and walls.

A brilliant all-words/no-pictures handbook. -- Cynthia Boyd "St. John's Express" (02/28/2004)

Nigel Dunnett and Noel Kingsbury provide one of the few book-length discussions of this topic.

This first U.K. textbook on green roofs should be owned by all professionals interested in them.

Encourages gardeners everywhere to consider the benefits of planting rooftop gardens and green walls.

It covers very efficiently every aspect of green roofs. -- Patricia Jonas "Plants and Gardens News" (10/06/2004)

A "must have" for extensive and intensive greenroofers worldwide. -- Linda S. Velazquez "GreenRoofs.com" (10/14/2004)

The best overview I've seen on green roof design and systems. -- Alex Wilson "Environmental Building News" (07/25/2005)

Will encourage gardeners everywhere to consider the enormous benefits to be gained from planting on their roofs and walls.


The green roof industry is booming and the technology changing fast as professionals respond to the unique challenges of each new implementation. In this comprehensively updated, fully revised edition of their authoritative reference, Nigel Dunnett and Noel Kingsbury reveal the very latest techniques, materials, and plants, and showcase some spectacular new case studies. Planting on roofs and walls began in Europe but is now becoming popular all over the world as people become aware of their beneficial impact on the environment. Green roofs and walls reduce pollution and run-off, help insulate and reduce the maintenance needs of buildings, contribute to biodiversity, and provide food and habitats for wildlife. In addition to all this, they are attractive to look at and by greening up living environments enhance the quality of life of residents. In "Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls" the authors describe and illustrate the practical techniques required to design, implement and maintain a green roof or wall to the highest professional standards.

They go on to explain how roofs may be modified to bear the weight of vegetation, discuss the different options for drainage layers and growing media, and list the plants suitable for different climates and environments. This informative, up-to-the-minute reference will captivate professionals with its illuminating new findings, and encourage gardeners everywhere to consider the enormous benefits to be gained from planting on their roofs and walls.

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