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Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide

Handbook / Manual

By: Edmund C Snodgrass and Lucie L Snodgrass

204 pages, 299 color photos, 2 diagrams

Timber Press

Hardback | Nov 2006 | #160056 | ISBN: 0881927872
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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.

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 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 20080129

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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. Emory Knoll Farms Inc. has supplied plants for over 1 million square feet of green roof on more than 150 roofs in 20 states and the District of Columbia, as well as for green roofs in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. Ed lectures widely on green roofs and is a member of the Maryland Nurserymen's Association, the Royal Horticulture Society, the American Horticultural Society, the Scottish Rock Garden Society, the Sedum Society, and the International Plant Propagators' Society. 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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