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New Book from Ed Snodgrass Now Available!

September 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm

As you probably know (unless you’ve just entered the greenroof field), Ed Snodgrass is a horticultural consultant who  co-owns and operates Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants, a perennial nursery specializing in green roof plants that stocks over 100 varieties of green roof plants.   To date they have and provided over 2.5 million sf of planted roofs!

Ed also happens to be one of our Contributing Editors, our first in fact – see my 2009  “From Llamas to Greenroofs: An Interview with Ed Snodgrass.”   Appropriately, Ed is our Plant Editor and writes “Ask Ed” where he answers reader questions, writes occasional articles, and features seasonal greenroof plants for us.

Ed is also a seasoned speaker (highly in demand) and writer (who says he will try and contribute more here on Greenroofs.com!).     By now I’m sure you’ve all read  Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide, by Edmund C. Snodgrass and Lucie L. Snodgrass, published by Timber Press, 2006 – I thought it was great, and a perfect resource – see my review here.

And, his brand new book, The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance, by Edmund C. Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre, published by Timber Press, 2010, is now available!   I feel privileged that I was sent an early copy to review, which I’m working on along with finishing up another Contributing Editor’s book by  Kelly LuckettThe Green Roof Guy Green Roof Construction and Maintenance, published by McGraw-Hill’s Greensource, 2009 (it’s fantastic and I can’t believe I haven’t finished the review yet).   Are they similar? Yes and no.   Both are certainly unique with dinstinct perspectives.

But my early feeling for Ed and Linda’s new book is that it is simply  great – much more overall in scope than the first (of course, it had a plant focus) and another must have for our greenroof and greenwall library!   Order today  from Amazon.com  for quick delivery.

Congratulations, Ed, on yet another success!

~ Linda V.

The American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & EXPO in Washington, D.C., September 10-13

September 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm

By Susan Apollonio

The American Society of Landscape Architects will host the 2010 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Washington D.C., September 10-13.   More than 6,000 landscape architecture professionals from around the globe will gather at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.   The theme will be Earth Air Water Fire DESIGN.

With more than 400 exhibitors, the ASLA EXPO is the largest trade show within the $140 billion dollar a year landscape design industry.   Attendees will have the opportunity to explore hundreds of new products, services, technology applications, and design solutions “” all under one roof.    Consistently rated by attendees as “the most valuable event” of the conference, the EXPO presents companies, looking to reach this industry, a number of marketing opportunities including advertising, exhibitor, and sponsorship packages.

A great value for busy professionals, the meeting will feature more than 134 education sessions, field sessions, and tours over four days.   Full registration offers attendees the opportunity to earn up to 21 professional development hours.   In addition to qualifying for credit under the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES™), a multitude of programs have been approved for AICP, AIA, and USGBC continuing education credit.

One of the many meeting highlights is the ASLA Awards Ceremony, held each year to honor the best in landscape architecture from around the world.   Newcomers to the field will be introduced to the top landscape architecture firms and designers and seasoned professionals will enjoy a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Join ASLA  this month  for this exciting event!

~ Susan Apollonio, Marketing Manager, American Society of Landscape Architects

To register aned learn more, please visit ASLA  Annual Meeting & EXPO.

International Skyrise Greenery Conference: Early Bird Discount Ends August 27

August 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

If you’re a subscriber to our eNewsletter, then you already know a bit about the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) in lovely Singapore.

Organized  by CUGE, a project of the National Parks Board of Singapore, and the International Green Roof Association  (IGRA), the conference will be held at the National Library from November 1-3, 2010 and will bring together hundreds of  participants from around the world.   The theme of the 3-day international conference is “Surfaces of Creativity: Spaces of Delight” and will focus on the latest technological developments and new areas of application in the field of green roofs and vertical greenery.   An international exhibition offering the latest skyrise greenery-related products and services in the market will be held concurrently with the conference.

Singapore is an island nation brimming with diversity and has a multiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture – plus lush, tropical greenery with an impressive  track record  of progressive roof and wall greening!   Who can forget the stunning School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, below?

Come learn from international experts, including these stellar Keynote Speakers:

Emilio Ambasz of Emilio Ambasz & Associates; Patrick Blanc of the  French National Centre for Scientific Research; Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler of the  University Neubrandenburg; and Dr. Ken Yeang of Llewelyn Davies Yeang

Take part in the ISGC’s all day tour featuring exclusive access to  these six important, exciting  projects:

Sky Park at Marina Bay Sands; Public housing carpark rooftop greenery innovation at Toa Payoh; Pinnacle@Duxton; The Orchard Residences; Gardens by the Bay  and Marina Barrage.

“Learn firsthand from the site architects about the challenges of building a 200m high sky park, be inspired by the ingenuity of developing a low cost patented skyrise greening system that requires minimal maintenance, and more!” ~ ISGC

To  see  the complete line-up of speakers, register, and learn more, visit the International Skyrise Greenery Conference website.   By the way, the fees are listed in SGD, not USD – use this Currency Converter for your particular currency.

One  very important date to remember is August 27, which is the deadline for the Early Bird Discount!   In today’s challenging economy it’s great to have the opportunity to save money wherever we can, so I encourage you to register soon (go for the package deal!).

Hopefully we’ll see you there – I’ll be presenting the Greenroofs.com 2010 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall  Design by Haven Kiers and myself.   Aramis and I have never been to Singapore, and are really looking forward to seeing some awesome roof and vertical greenery, as well as the beautiful sights and  the island’s  rich historical heritage.

Singapore’s unique offerings place it in a class of its own and the  International Skyrise Greenery Conference’s many educational, professional and networking activities  will ensure that you (and perhaps your family?)  have an enjoyable conference and holiday.

~ Linda V.

Spectacular Eco-Palazzo Park in Costa Rica

August 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Plans were recently approved for the vegetation-clad Palazzo Park Hotel & Residences, the first luxury beachfront hotel and condominium resort in Costa Rica to be built with the latest green building techniques, including the country’s largest greenroof at 40,000 square feet.

Designing the luxury development in Manuel Antonio, one of the world’s premier eco tourism destinations, is Arqueco Ltda., an environmentally-aware Costa Rican architectural and engineering firm.   Incorporating LEED-certified materials, construction plans include building techniques and technologies aimed at creating a human habitat with negative carbon footprint.   A key component of Palazzo Park is Costa Rica’s first large-scale  living roof, proposed by project developer KC Development Group.

The project team announced its alliance with the Eco Preservation Society, Palazzo Park Eco Action, to renew and preserve land adjacent to Manuel Antonio Park.   More than 500 acres of land at Playa El Rey adjoins  the Park, which will expand the habitat for the endangered, but peaceful and playful, Mono Titi squirrel monkey.

What’s very cool is that a portion of each sale at Palazzo Park will fund the Eco Action Program!

“Palazzo Park has made a truly revolutionary commitment to habitat restoration with the Palazzo Park Eco Action Program. We are unaware of any similar programs associated with a major resort and residence developments anywhere in the world. This program integrates our efforts to save endangered species with guests and residents who will be continuously connected to the researchers, conservationists and other like-minded individuals.  It’s truly a groundbreaking effort.” ~ Kevin Peterson, Eco Preservation Society

An open-air common area with vistas of the rainforest and the sea, Palazzo Park’s greenroof will provide over 40,000 square feet of native vegetation designed specifically as habitat for indigenous species.

“Each unit will sponsor a portion of land and oversee its reforestation and preservation. It is a great opportunity for owners to get involved in a way that they can actually see things happening for a great cause for years to come.” ~ Carlton Solle, The Costa Rica Real Estate Company and Coldwell Banker

Fabled Costa Rican hospitality, cool ocean breezes, lush plantings, spectacular views, and helping to preserve native forests and monkeys  – now that’s guilt-free living!

For more info, see the Press Release and visit http://www.palazzopark.com/, www.ecopreservationsociety.org, www.kcdevelopmentgrp.com and www.arqueco.co.cr.

Pura Vida!   ~ Linda V.