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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (March 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881923702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881923704
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Schenk, author of three other horticultural books, points out that traces of moss have been found in 400-million-year-old fossils. There are 15,000 living moss species, 1,200 of them in North America. Schenk defines the varieties of moss plants and follows with chapters on moss gardens in Japan (a garden in Kyoto was designed in the fourteenth century) and on gardens in Europe and North America. There are chapters on mossy rocks, moss carpets, alpine gardens, growing moss in containers, and the use of moss as ground covers beneath bonsai trees. Schenk lists approximatety 60 plants alphabetically by genus, with advice on propagating, cultivating, and transplanting. Includes 97 color photographs. George Cohen

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"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

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An entertaining and well organized book.
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Schenk brings extraordinary depth and breadth to the subject of moss, but above all the reader is left with a sense of his love for this primitive plant form.
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It can be done, but do yourself a favor and buy this book first so as to give yourself the best chance at success.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on July 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Impressively illustrated with glorious full color photographs of the many & various moods of moss gardening from a tilled sand Zen meditation complete with mossy stones to wild, serene woodlands carpeted with lush colonies glowing in slanting sunshine, this is one Edenesque read. If you know of anyone with moss on their minds, this is a unique love story of one fellow who bent down to earth to study these little green plants. As magnificent as the subject itself. Very well done!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Hugues Laliberte on August 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to begineers, it is nicely written and easy to understand. Will definitely encourage you into moss growing.
I would have appreciated a mean of identifying the types of moss that already grow in my garden, maybe some magnified pictures ? There are in this book but maybe not close enough. Although there are 15000 types of moss, maybe it is too tricky.
Good book anyway
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on August 30, 2006
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The other reviews, both positive and negative, seem to be on the mark. I think the words, "The Joy of" should have preceded the title. I was personally looking for a little more of the "How to" in this book about gardening. '...not much about lichens. It was both funny and long winded at times. It was beautiful but not as informative as I would have liked. This makes a great, compact sized, coffee table book but not a very good HYI text book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book, and I treasure it. I've shared it with several others who value the green mosses and lichens of the outdoors and they were also impressed. It is high quality paper, every picture (abundant) is in color. The descriptions are thorough. It is a treasured book of mine, one of my favorites for information and for pleasure. The joy of moss and worts.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AdderallThereIz? on January 15, 2007
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This is an excellent text for the "beginner to mid" moss apprentice. The photos are brilliantly gorgeous and add much excitement to the text. Schenk is clearly an enormous fan of moss as his pen scrolls simple, yet technical, information about moss throughout the text. The only qualm I have with this book is that Schenk keeps to the 2 major genus of moss. However, the photos, which might give the moss-lover ideas for a moss garden, pull the book into a text that is a must for the moss-"er."

I have a bit of an obsessive-compulsive disorder with moss. I collect it, use it to build moss sculptures, grow many different genus of it. 2 years ago, I fell in love with moss and the obsession hasn't stopped.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ,J. L. Kayhart on November 15, 2001
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Lush photographes of excellent quality. Mr.Schenk writes with flair and wit and as though he is speaking directly to you, the reader. I can't get enough of this book. I want to memorize all of it's info. So much in such a tiny book and with such personality. {no dry science book of the 50's, 60's and 70's.}He gives you exactly what he said he would in his preface. Great read and lovely to look at.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By nilss@earthlink.net on May 1, 2000
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"Moss Gardening" is inspirational reading. The author's Zen-like appreciation of these tiny plants is infectious. A chapter that is sort of a field guide would have been helpfull, although it may have not fit with the author's intention. This book's purpose is to arrouse passion and it does that job well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Rosin on September 9, 2009
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I found this book well organize, but really not for the beginner looking for basic data on moss gardening. Detailed illustrations would have added to the text. Handsome photography, but greater magnification necessary to type mosses.
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