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  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (March 15 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881923702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881923704
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.1 x 23.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,768 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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ,J. L. Kayhart on Nov. 15 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tami on Aug. 11 2009
Format: Hardcover
An interesting look at a nearly unmentioned variety of gardening - that which attempts to encourage the growth of these tiny plants. As its cover advises, this is a guide for plant-growers, and does not depend on extensive knowledge of Latin names (although these must be used a bit in the lack of common names for almost all mosses). Growth and presentation of moss in various situations are explained, described, and shown in delightful photographs. This really is a hardcover book that any hardcover gardener will enjoy having, to answer the many questions about how to make hardy green carpets of mosses grow.
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3 of 3 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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