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Planting Green Roofs and Living Wallsby Nigel Dunnett
Synopses & Reviews
Green roofs and living walls are beneficial to the environment and enhance our surroundings, so their growing presence in our towns and cities is a reason for celebration. Behind every new implementation is a fast-moving technology that has precipitated the need for this fully updated edition of Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls in which 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 it is now becoming popular all over the world as people become aware of its value in reducing pollution and run-off, insulating buildings and minimizing their maintenance needs, contributing to biodiversity, and providing food and habitats for wildlife. In 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. Every detail is provided including the ways in which roofs may be modified to bear the weight of vegetation, the different options for drainage layers and growing media, and lists of 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.
Book News Annotation:
Gardeners who battle ivy may be surprised that non-native species have a role in eco-roof and living wall plant communities. Advocates of naturalistic sustainable gardening (affiliated with the landscape department of the University of Sheffield, UK) introduce this trend in horticulture and building design. They describe its environmental advantages, historical development, and construction techniques, and feature a plant-selection directory and color photos of commercial and home applications. Resources include U.S. and European suppliers of materials, and recommended reading.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Discusses the practical techniques required to make planting on roofs and walls a reality, from modifying roofs to bear the weight of vegetation to selecting suitable plant materials.
The latest techniques for planting roofs and walls to enhance our buildings and benefit the environment. The green roof industry is booming and the technology changing fast as professionals respond to the unique challenges of each new planting. In this comprehensively updated, fully revised edition of their authoritative reference, Nigel Dunnett and Noël Kingsbury reveal the very latest techniques, materials, and plants, and showcase some spectacular new case studies for the non-professional. Green roofs and walls reduce pollution and runoff, help insulate and reduce the maintenance needs of buildings, contribute to biodiversity, and provide habitats for wildlife. In addition to all this, they are attractive to look at and enhance the quality of life of residents. In Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls, Revised and Updated Edition, the authors describe and illustrate the practical techniques required to design, implement, and maintain a green roof or wall to the highest standards. This informative, up-to-the-minute reference will encourage gardeners everywhere to consider the enormous benefits to be gained from planting on their roofs and walls.
Discusses the practical techniques to planting on walls and roofs.
About the Author
Nigel Dunnett is a senior lecturer in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, England, where he has developed innovative research programs into naturalistic and ecologically-informed planting for gardens and public landscapes. He writes regularly for leading horticultural magazines and journals and lectures widely throughout the UK. He lives in Sheffield. Noand#235;l Kingsbury is well known as a writer on plants and gardens. He has always been firmly in the vanguard of new developments, in particular playing a major role in popularizing a more naturalistic and sustainable planting style, with The New Perennial Garden(Frances Lincoln 1996). With designer Piet Oudolf he wrote Designing with Plants(Timber Press
2000). He is associated with the Landscape Department at the University of Sheffield, as part of his active involvement in promoting quality planting in public spaces.
Table of Contents
Why build green roofs?
Constructing green roofs
Planting green roofs
Living walls, structures, and surfaces
Roof-greening plant directory
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