Author(s): Noel Kingsbury
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.
NoA"l Kingsbury is a leading expert in contemporary naturalistic planting design and has always been on the cutting edge of new developments, popularizing a naturalistic and sustainable planting style. NoA"l is a well-known writer on plants and gardens, and he regularly contributes to Hortus, The English Garden, and the Royal Horticultural Society's magazine, The Garden. He lectures regularly in the United States at flower shows and horticultural societies. Noel promotes quality planting in public spaces and is associated with the Landscape Department at the University of Sheffield. A lover of wild spaces and wildflowers in natural environments, NoA"l gardens in a way that expresses this passion. He is especially fond of the way plants group naturally when left to their own devices. He is pleased to be part of the naturalistic planting movement and believes that "Gardening for myself and for a lot of people is an opportunity to be close to nature." Nigel Dunnett is a senior lecturer in the landscape department at the University of Sheffield, where he has developed innovative research programs on naturalistic and ecologically-informed planting for gardens and public landscapes. He promotes urban environments that are rich in vegetation and nature in his teachings and research - combining his background and experience in both horticulture and ecology. Nigel's teachings covers planting design, landscape ecology, ecological design and management, and research methods for students. He is director of the graduate research school, coordinator of the degree for landscape design with ecology, and is actively involved in consultancy and advisory work, particularly in relation to the planting and design of green roofs, and in designing and creating "pictorial meadows." He writes regularly as a horticultural journalist for a range of landscape and garden publications, including Gardens Illustrated and The Garden. For the past ten years he has worked to apply ecological techniques in mainstream urban landscape contexts. He resides in Sheffield, England.