Kevin Songer | Volumetric Green in the Urban Core

Development of the urban environment has led to the removal of volumetric green, triggering significant stormwater and pollution issues, prompting the disappearance of wildlife communities and eliminating the lifestyle benefits commonly associated with agriculture. Kevin Songer shares his vision and advances with sustainable, nature-irrigated green roof systems, explaining their critical importance to the future of our communities.

Kevin founded MetroVerde over twenty years ago as a native plant, living wall and green roof nursery. Unexpectedly, Kevin suffered a massive aortic aneurysm and dissection in November 2011 which nearly cost him his life.  Today Kevin no longer installs green roofs and living walls. He is however compiling all of the information gleaned over the decades of creating and studying tropical and shoreline living walls and green roofs to share here in his blog and maybe one day in a book.

Today Kevin focuses on living with a medically managed aortic dissection, root to foot. His passions and distractions include visual nature art, nature short verse, lifestyle and writing about how to live a full and satisfying life even when faced with seemingly insurmountable chronic diseases.  He and wife Judy farm a small Florida urban permaculture homestead full of traditional food, fiber and medicinal plants as well as Florida native plants and wildflowers.,/p>

Kevin creates wildflower art through a variety of media and writes about his past experiences with growing plants in Florida. He also loves a daily adventure.  Be sure to check out Kevin's art at