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  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (15 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881923702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881923704
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.1 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 20000201 "It is the most clearly written book on mosses that I have run across. There is a chapter on growing moss in containers, but, even better a chapter devoted to moss for Bonsai!! Oh, happy day! I have found information on this subject to be scarce, but here it is covered in detail. Mention is made of the Pacific Rim Collection and comments by David De Grott. A very nice book which, in my opinion, is the most detailed discussion of moss, written for the layman, to be found anywhere. Check it out. -- Gary Bolstridge Rhode Island Bonsai Society 20000201 We think it will be difficult to top the broad coverage, detailed advice based on personal experiences, and delightful humor to be found in abundance in Moss Gardening. Bravo, George Schenk! HortIdeas 20000201 It is not often that a book comes along -- and in particular a gardening book-- that turns over contentedly underground attitudes and stimulates an about-face. ...Is not only heartfelt and witty but informative and well-written, I haven't wanted to miss much. -- Christopher Andreae Christian Science Monitor 19970512 The author's passionate prose and exquisite photography make this a surprisingly good read. -- Don Burns San Mateo County Times 19970517 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 beauty 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 19980101 Schenk's style is highly informative yet deeply relaxing to read... Timber Press has created a beautiful glossy-paged book which truly enhances the writing and photographs. -- Madeleine Wilde Kirkland Courier 19980801 Lavishly illustrated with full color photos and entertainingly written-a beautifully designed quality hardcover typical of the outstanding books published by Timber Press. -- Charles Sutton Vermont Country Sampler 19970201 With its exceptional photographs and poetically written text, simply a beautiful book. Northeastern Naturalist 20000201 This book is a delight to read. -- Dilys Davis Hardy Plant 20000201 The main problem that I have when I come upon a good book dealing with plants that I didn't know previously in detail, is that I am tempted to grow such plants. That's exactly what happened when I read this book on mosses, lichens, liverworts and other miniature plants. -- Lucio Russo Cactus and Co. 19991226 This delightful and entertaining book would surely help to convert a few traditional moss-haters to the Chosen Way. Compass 20000301 Moss Gardening, Including Lichens, Liverworts, and Other Miniatures helps to sort out the often confusing differences between these wonderful plants and offers fresh perspectives to garden design with the use of these ancient plants. -- Anne Kivari Into the Garden 20000110 Moss Gardening by George Schenk will inspire you to change that damp strange corner of you garden/lawn frame nuisance to a small offbeat, but charming spot. -- Marilis Hornidge Rockland Courier-Gazette 20000516 Read [this book] if you want to gain a healthy respect for and excitement about mosses. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20010217 A very enjoyable and informative book to read. Charlottesville Daily Progress 20010313 If you are struggling with moss in your lawn and trying to decide which way to go, grass or moss, read this book. It teaches you how to propagate, cultivate, and transplant mosses. Whether you're a botanist or amateur this book is a pleasurable and witty read. -- Naomi Buckman Conway Daily Sun 20010713 One of the best books on mosses ever written. -- Peter Loewer Wild Gardener 20020103 This delightful book opens our eyes to mosses and other miniature plants in gardens... Many excellent color photographs inspire the reader to try growing these miniatures or to examine them more carefully... This book... recieved an American Horticulture Award. -- Kennith A. Wilson Fiddlehead Forum 20020423 An exciting read for anyone with an appreciation for the sensuous qualities of moss. -- Cynthia Cushing Western Living 20021103 Lays out practical information on some of the common mosses and nonmosses... The book's high-quality photographs may inspire area gardeners to look again at these versatile, unobtrusive plants. -- Lynn Remly Northern Virginia Journal 20030416 Lovely photos and good information. -- Norie Burnet Woodland Garden 20030729 Moss Gardening is probably the most user-friendly resource out there for the home gardener ... Almost 100 color photos will surely inspire any novice and experienced moss gardener. -- George Graine Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report 20030712 Many a frustrated lawn-grower could find this book a turning point. -- Diane Heilenman Louisville Courier-Journal 20041120 The last word on the subject. -- Fran Gustman Allston-Brighton Tab 20041126 This, another of his classics, is for anyone who has contemplated making lemonade from lemons, or a moss garden from a failed, shady lawn. -- Diane Heilenman Gannett News Service 20041211 George Schenk's beautiful book is perhaps the first to cover the whole gamut of moss gardening. Moss Gardening is sure to become a classic, not only because it covers 'almost as much about the mechanics of moss gardening as the Kama Sutra does about dancing,' but also for the author's entertaining writing style. Fremontia 20030701 Passionate and authoritative. -- Irene Virag Newsday 20080817

About the Author

A former nurseryman and landscaper, George Schenk retired from business to pursue his passions for designing gardens and writing about them. Schenk is the author of several magazine articles and books. His book Moss Gardening won the Book Award of the American Horticultural Society; The Complete Shade Gardener has been recognized by the society as being one of America's seventy-five "Great American Garden Books." George is a specialist in the sculpture of the tribes of the Philippine Cordillera and is active in the effort to preserve their cultural heritage. He splits his time between gardens and residences in Seattle, North Vancouver, Auckland, and Manila.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 26 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have item for the moss lover.
Mainly because of it's inspirational way it describes the subject.
Beautiful pictures!!!
And a chapter where a selection of mosses, liverwortd and lichens are descibed.
You will need a more scientific field guide to help you identify moss species and where to find them, because this book focusses more on Mr Shenk's personal view on moss gardening
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on 18 Mar 2001
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Including Lichens, Liverworts and Other Miniatures, mosses tell an ancient success story of longevity & adaptability, appearing in fossils 400 million years old & totaling 15,000 species from the Arctic to Antarctica.
This is the first book to cover the whole gamut of moss gardening & is destined to become a classic in its own right. Impressively illustrated with glorious full color photographs of the many & various moods of moss gardening from a tilled sand Zen meditation garden complete with moss covered stones to sun-dappled wood lands, carpeted in a glowing shag of green.
It says something about George Schenk's affection & enthusiasm for the gardening of these plants that makes watching grass grow or paint dry seem like a 100 yard dash, that I gobbled this book up like asparagus in season.
I then immediately took a walkabout of our sliver of land & for the first time saw the variety & beauty of that ground cover I'd simply ignored or considered a blight upon my erstwhile unweathered topography.
I know it sounds oxymoronic when I gush that Moss Gardening is one exciting read on an elusive subject. If you know of anyone who has moss in their gardens or on their minds, this is the book for them! Do check out my site for my full review & many other gardening books.
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This book is written in an odd 19th century poetic style but at the same time it does contain everything you would ever need to know about mosses. I think the book would have benefited from some seriously heavy editing and I also would have made it twice its existing size with some whole page professional photographs. At the moment it has the tone of those post war, very informative books on how to raise chickens or build sheds. If however you have a need or desire to study the habits of mosses in depth then this is the book for you (and it is in colour and the photographs are fine). It does what it says on the can.
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By Sterling on 19 July 2014
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