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Moss Gardening: Including Lichens, Liverworts, and Other Miniatures
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.
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by Timber Press
(first published March 1st 1997)
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Jun 05, 2008 Tessa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cryptogam fans
What a pleasant surprise to find such flowery language in a book about mosses! Mr. Schenk has quite the personality, which makes this much more than a how-to book. At one point, he is explaining at length how moss won't negatively effect roof health and declares that "in my own historic experience, a roof of cedar shakes or shingles of the best quality cut from old-growth timber could be counted on to last up to a quarter-century with moss growing and multiplying steadily upon it, or to last abo ...more
Not only a very quirky book about mosses, the author is a specimen himself as he seems to live with other people (3 couples) 1/3 of the year with each. SO he's a couchrider and a moss expert -- that's very impressive. His writing style is purple, refractory.