Thought Leadership


Karla Dakin is a leader in the field of landscape architecture, specializing in green roofs, food gardens and plant-driven design. Dakin’s projects push our expectations of landscape and engage all five senses, addressing the ecological and human concerns of the 21st century. She publishes and lectures frequently and is co-author of the book The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs (2013, Timber Press).

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Recent lectures

“Baring Witness or How All Green Roofs are Equal,”
Native Plant & Sustainability Conference, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, 2015

“Growing Up in Colorado: A Journey of What It Takes to Design with Plants in Mind,”
Keynote Speaker, Western Landscape Symposium, Pueblo, CO, March, 2015

“Baring Witness or How All Green Roofs are Equal,”
Pacific Horticulture Magazine Urban Garden Symposium, Portland, OR., March 2015

“Dreaming Your Green Roof.”
Annie’s Annuals Nursery, 2014

“The Next Beyond: Seeing the Future of Green Roofs,”
Flora Grubb Nursery, San Francisco, CA, 2013

“The Next Beyond: Seeing the Future of Green Roofs,”
United States Botanic Gardens, Washington D.C., 2013

“Celebrating American Ingenuity in Exploring the Boundaries of Green Roof Plants,”
The Garden Museum, London, England, 2013

“From the High Altitude Prairies of Colorado to the Steppes of China: Green Roof Plants for an Arid Climate,”
World Green Roof Congress, Hangzhou, China, 2012