Dunnett (urban horticulture, U. of Sheffield, England) and Kingsbury, a specialist in contemporary naturalistic planting design, describe principles and methods of growing plants on rooftops and up walls, for environmental, insulation, and aesthetic reasons. The information is technical enough to used by construction companies and architects, but simple enough that plain folks can use it to green their own house, tool shed, latrine, or what not.
Below are some of the books on green roofs, living walls, and vertical gardening you can find in Parkland Library's Main Stacks. You can check these books out using your Parkland ID card!
This handbook describes every aspect of the creation and maintenance of roof gardens, particularly for larger buildings (though all the information can be applied to a single-family dwelling). The authors have done an admirable job of maintaining a down-to-earth, practical focus, calling on the reader to consider the broader impact of the choices available, describing why certain materials are required, the benefits and drawbacks of various plants, and offering detailed information about standards within the industry.
Written by an industry expert in green roof design and installation, this GreenSource book presents all of the information you need to skillfully design, construct, and maintain green roofs. You will find a wealth of practical details gathered through real-world implementations and independent research.
In the first comprehensive study published in English, respected landscape architect Theodore Osmundson provides the practical information professionals need to be able to include well-designed and well-constructed roof gardens in their projects. Roof Gardens covers site considerations, construction, design elements, and maintenance, as well as useful data and sources of supply and information.
Vertical Gardens is the first publication to present a collection of the most important examples of this unique addition to the international architectural vocabulary, illustrated through hundreds of photographs.
In this oversize, all-color book, [the author] explains how to create plant walls using more than one thousand plants, drawing on his observation of natural milieus, his technique of growing on vertical surfaces, his savoir faire, and his passion for plants.