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Ed and Dusty sign the small scale green roofs book

Ed, one of my co-author’s of ‘Small scale green roofs – low tech solutions for green living’ has been sending me pictures of roof top pollinators and him signing books in Pennsylvania. I for my part did my first book signing far from home at the Denver Botanical Garden’s as part of the GROW conference, at which I was a keynote speaker.

Pennsylvania – Small scale green roofs signing

Ed Snodgrass at a book signing in Pennsylvania


I have had the good fortune to visit ED’s Farm in Maryland, but unfortunately on all three visits I never made it up to Margot’s House north of the state line, in PA.

But this is why the four us wrote the book to de-mythologise greening small-scale green roofs. Margot’s House is a delight – both in terms of the green roof and the architecture, and I am sure everyone seeing would even her!


Margot's Hut in Pennsylvania

Not sure that this pollinators were actually feeding on Margot’s Hut but again providing habitat at roof level is something that we are all committed to. The book not only covers case studies like Margot’s Hut but also chapters on biodiversity and what and how to plant on a small scale green roof.


Pollinator on Sedum reflexum


Denver Colorado – Small scale green roofs signing

I, for my part, two time zones away in Denver. When I visited Ed in June 2009 he had just returned from the GROW conference at the Denver Botanical Gardens. His effusive description of the high meadows of the Rockies made me very envious. So I am very pleased that I not only got to speak at 2011 GROW Conference at the Denver Botanical Gardens, but that I too also managed to get up there in the mountains and witness the Coloradoan meadows in bloom.


Signing the small scale green roof book at Denver Botanical Gardens

I did see a few small scale green roofs up in Steamboat, which was great, but as inspiration for what do in in a hot dry climate like a visit to the green roof at the Botanical Gardens is a must. It is not botanical realm, the hot dry but what appear to be types of aloe and cacti give a desert feel. And there were a few honey bees busying themselves, though they were to busy to let me get a picture of them.


Denver Botanical Garden Green Roof

No I am back home in London and look forward to our green roof training course with John Little (another co-author) on 23rd July. We will be signing books at the event ( £10 cost to delegates) and the green roof workshop includes a tour of green roofs in the local area – several of which feature in the book.

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