Moss Gardening: Including Lichens, Liverworts, and Other Miniatures

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A delightful book that encourages gardeners to pay closer attention to the subtle beauty of miniature landscapes and introduces one of the glories of Japanese gardens into American designs. The author writes entertainingly of mosses on rocks and walls, in containers, and as a lush ground cover, and he presents a gallery of his favorite moss species.
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A delightful book that encourages gardeners to pay closer attention to the subtle beauty of miniature landscapes and introduces one of the glories of Japanese gardens into American designs. The author writes entertainingly of mosses on rocks and walls, in containers, and as a lush ground cover, and he presents a gallery of his favorite moss species.
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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
"Read [this book] if you want to gain a healthy respect for and excitement about mosses."
—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, February 17, 2001
Seattle Times
"Schenk has a gift of gab as great his gift of vision. He introduces his subjects enticingly, then starts to get technical ...Indeed, there is much more here than any one of us would suspect possible. The photographs, too, are amazingly varied, considering they are all of moss ...Schenk's book will open our eyes and instruct our fingers. His own dirt-stained hands are his offered proof of his right to write this book — and a most convincing one."
—Ann Lovejoy, Seattle Times, February 1, 2000
Fine Gardening
"The book's best feature is its stunning close-up photography. High-quality color photographs by the author and others lovingly bring these tiny plants into view. These modest plants are anything but humble when seen close-up. For those of us who see beautry in a moss carpet or a lichen-covered rock, here, finally, is a book worthy of a place on the gardening shelf."
—Jim Bennett, Fine Gardening, January/February 1998
A marvellous, fully color-illustrated, and thorough treatise on both common and unusual mosses, lichens, and liverworts, with descriptions for transplanting, propagating, and growing them as groundcovers, in containers, and for bonsai arrangements. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881923704
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/1997
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 524,990
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

A former nurseryman and landscaper, George Schenk retired from business to pursue his related passions of designing and planting gardens and writing about them. He splits his time between gardens and residences in Seattle, North Vancouver, Auckland, and Manila. He is a specialist in the sculpture of the tribes of the Philippine Cordillera and is active in the effort to preserve their cultural heritage. Schenk is the author of several magazine articles and books. His book Moss Gardening won the Book Award of the American Horticultural Society; his The Complete Shade Gardener has been recognized by the society as one of America's seventy-five "Great American Garden Books."
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Mosses, lichens, and other cryptogams, collected on a trip, make elegant souvenirs of travel. No little gimcrack replicas of the Eiffel Tower or of Mickey Mouse, these. Rather, they are tokens rare and tasteful beyond price. In fact, you could not buy them if you tried. And so, bits and pieces of any likable, lowly plants that one discovers in trekking the world are apt to be wrapped in a tissue and pocketed, or (in the case of the premeditative, prepared collector) plastic-bagged and satcheled. We collectors must, of course, take care to prevent the importation of pests along with our trophies. We must, as well, give the plants protective care during the trip and afterward at home.

On motor trips during the summer, mosses and any of the other primitive miniatures that have been collected when dry and dormant should be left dry for the trip and kept away from heat as much as possible. Then, too, they must be kept in a place where they will not get crushed. Where to put them? If one travels with friends or family in a vehicle packed to the gunnels (the usual situation), there may yet be one remaining spot of available space and safety: beneath the front seat. This happens to be one of the better places even if the vehicle is not crowded, a location insulated from direct sun and below the worst of the buildup of heat when the vehicle is parked with windows closed. But be sure, before placing plants upon it, that the floor does not heat up with the running of the engine.

Plants that are to be stashed under the seat should be closed in bags or wrapped in newspaper or cloth to keep any draft from reaching them, since a breeze from the vehicle's air vent or air-conditioning could be damaging. On arrival home, the summer-dry plants, set out in the open, will wake up quickly and start growing (or start thinking about it) as soon as autumn rains have begun.
Mosses and other primitive miniatures collected in moist condition are especially sensitive to heat during travel. Seal them in plastic bags and place them on ice in a portable food cooler, if you can squeeze them in. Small hope, so I find in my own travels with friends. Soft drinks or wine and cheese take precedence. In that circumstance, my only recourse has been to place any moist plants under the seat.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Ch. 1 As One Moss Gardener to Another 13
Ch. 2 Definitions 19
Ch. 3 In the Gardens of Japan 31
Ch. 4 In Public Gardens of the West 40
Ch. 5 Mossy Rocks 54
Ch. 6 The Camp Followers 64
Ch. 7 Moss Carpets 79
Ch. 8 In Alpine Gardens 109
Ch. 9 Mosses and Lichens in Winter, A Photoessay 122
Ch. 10 In Containers 128
Ch. 11 Bonsai Mosses 151
Ch. 12 Transportable Trophies 163
Ch. 13 Bugaboos 168
Ch. 14 Portraits 175
Ch. 15 Potential Nursery Plants 245
Further Reading 252
Index of Mosses and Other Bryophytes 258
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