01 Jun '11, 9am

Green Roofs are Covering the Chelsea Flower Show: 1.11 Green roofs are getting a lot of coverage this year at th...

"To make a fantastically beautiful, flowering meadow on the top of a roof, you need to use very modern, lightweight materials for the growing medium and soil. So we don't use soil at all. We use crushed brick or expanded clay granules, which are like the honeycomb inside Maltesers: they weigh nothing but they soak up water." Mixing these in with small amounts of compost, it is possible to create deep layers of soil or substrate without much weight. The next stage is to carry out 500 species trials. With its huge area of mini-test sites, Sheffield's Green Roof Centre is moving away from the sedum species that have characterised first-generation green-roof planting. Future green roofs promise to be more varied and lovely than ever.

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Green Vertical Walls at the Chelsea Flower Show...

treehugger.com 27 May '11, 9am

Green vertical walls are very popular at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, as are green roofs. Green walls are a natural,...

Green Vertical Walls at the Chelsea Flower Show...

treehugger.com 27 May '11, 9am

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At Chelsea Flower Show Small Gardens have Big E...

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Its designer has a passion for reclaimed materials and created the garden around a focal point of home-engineered turbines...

At Chelsea Flower Show Small Gardens have Big E...

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Its designer has a passion for reclaimed materials and created the garden around a focal point of home-engineered turbines...

At Chelsea Flower Show Small Gardens have Big E...

treehugger.com 25 May '11, 9am

Its designer has a passion for reclaimed materials and created the garden around a focal point of home-engineered turbines...

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treehugger.com 24 May '11, 9am

as the spectacular green vertical wall rises to 9 metres. Beside it is an insect hotel which is 5 metres high. And then th...

Green roofs are great for #bees - some great in...

livingroofs.org 13 Jun '11, 6am

Biodiverse green roofs and brown roofs with a wide range of wildflowers attract many foraging bees. It is crucial for bees...