Author(s): Edmund C. Snodgrass
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.
A fifth-generation farmer and nurseryman, Edmund C. Snodgrass is the founder of the first and only green roof nursery in North America: Green Roof Plants. He is also the owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc, supplying plants for over three-hundred green roofs covering two and a half million square feet internationally. Ed is a committed conservationist and has put most of his land into an agricultural preservation trust. He is a member of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, the Maryland Nurseryman's Association, and the International Plant Propagators Society. Ed has lectured at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard, the World Green Roof Congress in London, the 2008 ASLA National Meeting, the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC, and for the Garden Writers of America in 2006. In his spare time, Ed enjoys basketball and photography. 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.