Miniature Moss Gardens: Create Your Own Japanese Container Gardens (Bonsai, Kokedama, Terrariums & Dish Gardens)

Miniature Moss Gardens: Create Your Own Japanese Container Gardens (Bonsai, Kokedama, Terrariums & Dish Gardens)

by Megumi Oshima, Hideshi Kimura

Hardcover(Bilingual Edition)

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Miniature Moss Gardens presents expert advice and techniques from the birthplace of miniature gardening—Japan.

Friendly enough for total beginners and full of ideas and tips that experienced gardeners will love to read about, this moss gardening book brings you information on the following:

  • Finding and collecting moss
  • Cultivation and maintenance
  • Choosing soils and other components
  • Designing your garden for visual effect
  • Choosing the best plants for your mini garden
  • How to make a perfect Kokedama or moss ball
  • Enhancing your moss garden with rocks and other elements
  • How to make a gorgeous terrarium
  • and much more!

A section on finding moss on city streets, parks and mountains opens your eyes to the beauty that's all around you every day! Moss can be gathered to make a complete and perfect miniature gardening world. Let this fun Japanese gardening book set you on the path to a deeply satisfying new way of expressing yourself.

With full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions, you will be creating your own Moss Garden in no time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784805314357
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Edition description: Bilingual Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 327,782
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Megumi Oshima was born in Saitama Prefecture. Raised among abundant nature in the countryside near the Tonegawa River, Oshima became familiar with plants. While working for a production company, she started to grow bonsai and kokedama on the balcony of her Tokyo apartment. Oshima left her production company job and began working in garden management for flower markets and hotels. In 2006 she opened garden store Midoriya Nicogusa in Kichijoji, Tokyo, and began running workshops on bonsai and kokedama. Oshima is a plant consultant and interior coordinator.

Hideshi Kimura is a member of Japan Horticulture Society Tray Landscape Artist. After obtaining his bonsai master license, he began making moss tray landscapes more than 20 years ago and to date has made more than 2000 works. Not limited to bonsai pots, he has received acclaim for his original designs, which incorporate driftwood, bamboo and so on as receptacles. Kimura runs moss tray classes and is an instructor at Minamisunamachi Culture Center in Tokyo's Koto ward.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Peek Into the Secret World of Moss 08

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Moss

What is Moss? 12

The Characteristics of Moss and How It Spreads 13

The Structure of Moss 14

Three Types of Moss 15

About Moss 1 Moss Symbolizes "Motherly Love" in the Language of Flowers 16

Chapter 2 Observation, Discovery and Gathering

The Best Way to Observe and Collect Moss 18

Early Morning or After Rain are Ideal 19 Tools for Observing and Gathering Moss 20

How to Look at Moss Close Up 21

About Moss 2 Is Bryum Good for Allergies? 22

Chapter 3 Care and Maintenance

How to Maintain Moss 24

How to Obtain Moss 25

Tools for Maintaining Moss 26

Fertilizer and Revitalizing Agent 27

When to Water 28

How to Water 29

Where to Keep Moss 30

Moving Moss Around 32

Moss Troubleshooting 34

When on Vacation 35

How to Grow More Moss 36

Sowing Method 37

Cutting Method 38

Moss Stretching Method 39

About Moss 3 Once There was a "Moss Color" 40

Chapter 4 Making and Displaying Moss Creations

The Right Moss for You 42

Necessary Items for Moss Gardening 46

Basic Tools for Moss Gardening 47

Soil and Sand for Planting 48

Making Planting Soil 49

Kokedama 50

What is a Kokedama? 51

Making a Kokedama 52

Caring for a Kokedama 54

Different Kinds of Kokedama 55

Making a Moss Ball 56

Moss Bonsai 58

What is a Moss Bonsai? 59

Making a Moss Bonsai 60

Caring for a Moss Bonsai 62

Plants That Complement Moss 63

Moss Tray Landscapes 64

What is a Moss Tray Landscape? 65

Making a Moss Tray Landscape 66

Plan Moss Trays Carefully 68

Replanting a Moss Tray Landscape 69

Creating Waterside Scenery 70

Creating a Landscape with Driftwood 72

Creating a Landscape with Rocks 74

Moss Terrariums 76

What is a Moss Terrarium? 77

Making a Moss Terrarium 78

Caring for a Moss Terrarium 80

Moss Terrarium Tricks 81

Items for Displaying Moss 82

What is a Moss Garden? 83

About Moss 4 Photographing Moss 84

Chapter 5 Finding Moss in Cities and Mountains

Where is Moss Found? 86

How to Find Moss 87

In Cities 88

In Mountains and Forests 89

Moss in Cities and Mountains 90

When Collecting Moss 91

Shinjuku Area 92

Inokashira Park 94

Mt. Takao 98

Kamakura 102

About Moss 5 Composing a Verse About Moss 106

Chapter 6 Moss Identification Guide

Moss ID 1 Leucobryum neilgherrense 108

Moss ID 2 Bryum argenteum 109

Moss ID 3 Hydrophila propagulifera 110

Moss ID 4 Brachymenium exile 111

Moss ID 5 Racomitrium canescens 112

Moss ID 6 Leucobryum bowringii Mitt. 113

Moss ID 7 Polytrichum juniperinum 114

Moss ID 8 Hypnum plumaeforme 115

Glossary of Moss Terms 116

Afterword 118

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