Green Roof Summer Course Malmö

Date: 28/6-2/7 2021


The 5 day green roof summer course- augustenborg’s botanical roof garden

One of the world's largest research and development facilities in green roofs! Some highlights of the course are:

a study trip to interesting green roofs and walls in the region

full-scale installation of a green roof during the second half of the course

exchanging thoughts and ideas during group work and workshops

"I am really enjoying working in the Green roof industry. Thanks to you guys. The course last June was inspiring, and actually helped me get the job"

Ryan Hennessy, course participant 2015

Both professionals in the industry and students of different backgrounds are welcome to apply for the summer course!

The green roof industry is by nature an interdisciplinary field and so we believe that a mixed group of people with different skills is an asset to the course. Our common interest is sustainable urban development where green roofs play an important role in greener and more sustainable cities!

"First of all, the course was led by very knowledgeable teachers with an inspiring passion for green roofs. Second of all, the Botanical Rooftop Garden in Augustenborg was an excellent place to learn how to build green roofs. Thirdly, it was a great opportunity to meet and work along with other green roof enthusiasts - a good starting point for building a green roof network!"

Olof Woltil, course participant 2014

The five days include:

Lectures on planning, systems, warehouses, installation and maintenance of extensive and intensive green roofs.

To begin, you will be given an introduction to green infrastructure. We will look at and discuss how to build a green roof and the function of different materials and layers that make up a green roof. Some of theses include drainage, insulation and root protection layers. During the course we will talk about the different aspects to consider when planning for and installing a green roof.

Full-scale installation of a green roof at Augustenborg's botanical roof garden!

During the second half of the summer course, you will get to install a full-scale green roof including all its components such as substrates, cultivation media and planting. All course participants will take part in all the different parts.

Study trip in the Malmö region including a guided tour of Eco-City Augustenborg and its unique sustainable open day water system.

Study trip with focus on green roofs and green walls. Green roofs play an important role in the blue-green infrastructure solutions that provide ecosystem services and resilience to our cities. We visit various interesting green roofs, roof parks and green wall installations. We also visit a sedum cultivation near Malmö.

Workshops on substrate, planting, risk and safety, etc.

Workshops are held in the Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden. We go through different materials and prepare our own substrate. We also take a closer look at plant management, including planting seeds, cuttings, plugs and bulbs. At the design workshop, your task is to redo one of our roofs!

Price & application process

Professionals: SEK 6,200 + 25% VAT (SEK 7,750 including VAT)

SGIA members receive a 20% discount on the course fee until 31 March.

Student price: SEK 3,900 + 25% VAT (SEK 4,875 including VAT)

Participation in the course can be cancelled up to 14 days before the course starts. The entire price of the course will then be refunded with the exception of SEK 200 which, is the non-refundable administration cost - included in the above price. To secure your place on the course, the full fee must be paid at least one month before the course starts.

Early bird - you get a 10% discount if you pay no later than two months in advance.


Write an email to with the following information: Name, Profession, Address, 100 - 200 words about your background and your interest in green roofs. Write "Summer Course" in the subject line.

"As an international student, I can tell it is difficult to find courses that eventually meet the technical, theoretical and practical outcomes they promise. Yet, this course has not only exceeded my expectations but has also given me enough knowledge and enthusiasm to keep investigating and working in the green roof world. Thank you for this passionate, cosy and funny week! "

Oriol Garcia Antunez, course participant 2019