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NoA"l Kingsbury is a leading expert in contemporary naturalistic planting design and has always been on the cutting edge of new developments, popularizing a naturalistic and sustainable planting style. NoA"l is a well-known writer on plants and gardens, and he regularly contributes to Hortus, The English Garden, and the Royal Horticultural Society's magazine, The Garden. He lectures regularly in the United States at flower shows and horticultural societies. Noel promotes quality planting in public spaces and is associated with the Landscape Department at the University of Sheffield. A lover of wild spaces and wildflowers in natural environments, NoA"l gardens in a way that expresses this passion. He is especially fond of the way plants group naturally when left to their own devices. He is pleased to be part of the naturalistic planting movement and believes that "Gardening for myself and for a lot of people is an opportunity to be close to nature." Nigel Dunnett is a senior lecturer in the landscape department at the University of Sheffield, where he has developed innovative research programs on naturalistic and ecologically-informed planting for gardens and public landscapes. He promotes urban environments that are rich in vegetation and nature in his teachings and research - combining his background and experience in both horticulture and ecology. Nigel's teachings covers planting design, landscape ecology, ecological design and management, and research methods for students. He is director of the graduate research school, coordinator of the degree for landscape design with ecology, and is actively involved in consultancy and advisory work, particularly in relation to the planting and design of green roofs, and in designing and creating "pictorial meadows." He writes regularly as a horticultural journalist for a range of landscape and garden publications, including Gardens Illustrated and The Garden. For the past ten years he has worked to apply ecological techniques in mainstream urban landscape contexts. He resides in Sheffield, England.
For those who lack a yard and want to green a roof or wall, this resource offers important technical advice, along with horticultural recommendations for flat, sloped, and vertical surfaces. -- Amber Bravo Dwell 20090101 Gardening gurus will appreciate the thorough knowledge the writers share regarding various techniques and resources required to plant green roofs and living walls, discussing, for example, how soil depth and environmental stress will affect plant choice and maintenance. Chesapeake Home 20090501