Green Roofs, Slide Show
A slide show of four different green roofs around the world.
To read more about green roofs, read our article "Green Roofs."
Most information on green roofs is aimed at big buildings, but a few solid residential resources exist.
Books: First grab Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living by Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, and Ed Snodgrass, mostly for its overview and achievable examples. Along with Linda McIntyre, Snodgrass also contributed a useful chapter on green roofs to Thomas Christopher’s splendid The New American Landscape.
Left: In Virginia, Norfolk Botanical Garden’s green roof uses sedum, delosperma, and sempervivum.
On the web: Greenroofs.org is a database of advice, research, materials, courses, and a directory of professional designers and installers. Snodgrass’ website, greenroofplants.com, includes helpful advice, especially on plants, along with a gallery of his projects.
Left: A green roof atop a house in Mill Valley, California, by McGlashan Architecture.