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The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs

By Karla Dakin, Lisa Lee Benjamin, and Mindy Pantiel

Nothing's been left out in this book.…It's one that every designer needs.

Garden Design

Until recently, most green rooftop gardens were little more than variations on sedum mats on four inches of soil. Now, designers are creating cutting-edge green roofs that focus not only on critical environmental issue like heat, storm management, and ecosystem development, but also on the aesthetics, offering beautiful, livable, sustainable landscapes.

The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs is a comprehensive exploration of rooftop garden design and the process behind it. It covers everything landscape architects and garden designers need to know to create a beautiful garden in the sky.

With lush photography, international examples, and solid how-to information, this is an essential resource for all design professionals.

Media reviews

"A beautiful collection of successful green roof projects. ... This lovely study is recommended."

Library Journal

"A full-scale guide to both the design and building of ecologically friendly and pleasing—even spectacular—green roof gardens. Though suitable for landscape professionals, this volume will also be greatly appreciated by home gardeners."


"This comprehensive manual gives architects, designers, and property owners imaginative, practical guidance in understanding the process of creating a green roof and successfully seeing it through."

Publishers Weekly

"Nothing's been left out in this book. ... It's one that every designer needs."

Garden Design Online

"The book's casual, informative style of intelligent text combined with incredible photos of these green roofs ... makes this a standout selection."

The Gazette

About the authors

Karla Dakin

A founding member of Growwest and an active member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Karla Dakin specializes in artful, environmentally bold landscape architecture with an array of international projects. Plant-obsessed, Karla uses vegetation in forward-thinking ways, as exemplified by her roof garden for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.

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Lisa Lee Benjamin

Lisa Lee Benjamin creates and nurtures large landscapes that unite people, art, and science. The portfolio of Evo Catalyst, her San Francisco-based design consultancy, is filled with sustainable solutions for diverse animal and human habitats. She is a founding member of Alpine Initiatives, Urban Hedgerow, Growwest, and the Bay area's Green Roof Alliance.

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Mindy Pantiel

Mindy Pantiel has been writing about architecture, interior design, and gardens and landscapes for three decades. Her articles have appeared in Metropolitan Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Garden Design, and Traditional Home, to name a few.

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