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The Issue of Green Roofs

Articles: The Issue of Green Roofs

At Pacific Horticulture we try and dig deep. The best part of my work is pulling together a mix of stories around a particular theme that explores the world from a horticultural perspective.

In recent months I’ve been working with Lisa Lee Benjamin to take a fresh look at green roofs. As my guest co-editor, Lisa invited friends, colleagues, and plantspeople, to write about developing views, creating habitat, low-tech innovation, and—perhaps most importantly—plants appropriate to West Coast growing conditions. It’s been an exciting and productive collaboration. I’ll let Lisa introduce the topic:

Spring wildflowers on the California Academy of Sciences roof. Photo: Lisa Lee Benjamin

Imagine an endless sea of sky gardens, from Canada to Mexico, providing seasonal beauty, critical wildlife habitat, stormwater management, life-saving heat island reduction, energy savings, and, as you will read, even rare plant conservation. A lovely picture isn’t it? Yet lack of knowledge and fear of liability leads to complex engineering and overdesign, unhealthy marketplace competition, proprietary products, and  expens...

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