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Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 26: Right Plant, Right Place

on June 6, 2012 at 8:33 am under

Today we have the pleasure to air Ed Snodgrass’ keynote address “Right Plant, Right Place” from our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

As I’ve talked about many times, Ed has been a long standing editorial contributor to – the longest (2004-present) of all of our current 11 editors.  He is known as The Plant Editor and writes the occasional column “Ask Ed.”  Yet he has been so busy writing books, appearing on radio and TV, and traveling the globe speaking about all his experiences that we really haven’t heard enough from him lately!  But he did recently write about his appearance on The Martha Stewart Show for Earth Day, and we certainly do understand about time constraints…

Ed is a great, humble guy with a dry wit and hearty laugh, and the inaugural Virtual Summit would not have the same without him as one of our Keynote Speakers!

Back in 2008 Aramis, Caroline Menetre, and I visited his farm and along with Trish Luckett (the better half of another contributing editor, Kelly Luckett of Green Roof Blocks) from St. Louis, Tom Liptan, the Ecoroof Program Manager at the City of Portland, and Dr. Brad Rowe and Kristin Getter from Michigan State.  Ed’s lovely wife and fellow author, Lucie Snodgrass, prepared us a wonderful locally grown lunch for us in their beautiful 1881 farmhouse.

As you know if you saw co-owner (and contributing editorJohn Shepley‘s 2011 Virtual Summit video, “Sustainability at a Small Business: Emory Knoll Farms,” their farm is designed with protocols of the Natural Step and run with social responsibility and equitable practices along with sustainable elements including solar panels, greenroofs, and test greenroof beds.

Read my From Llamas to Greenroofs: An Interview with Ed Snodgrass for more information about Ed, the farm, and this fun day of ours.

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Edmund Snodgrass is co-owner of Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants in Street, MD.  Edmund Snodgrass started the first green roof nursery in North America and has collaborated on green roof research with colleges and universities.  He is co-owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc.  Ed speaks and lectures widely on green roofs and has presented in England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada and the US.  In 2009, Ed was the recipient of the Spencer P. Ellis award from the Maryland Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects and is the 2011 recipient of the G.B. Gunlogson Award from the American Horticultural Society.  Ed is the co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011; The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening, 2011; The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance, 2010; and Green Roof Plants, A Planting and Resource Guide, 2006.

Ed is also a contributing editor on (2004): the Plant Editor where he answers reader questions, writes occasional articles, and features seasonal greenroof plants in “Ask Ed.”

In Ed’s keynote address he gives the participant an overview on how this axiom often used for landscape design is no less true on green roofs.  This talk explores some of the ways plants are used on green roofs to perform ecosystem services.

A live 15-minute Q & A Session followed Ed’s video – the transcript is no longer available. Make sure to have your own questions answered from our speakers at the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™  Virtual Summit by attending!

Enjoy!  Visit to see “Right Plant, Right Place” or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

We’re almost finished with our series – check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 27th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.