Monthly Archives: September 2011

Moss Rocks! David Spain on Martha Stewart TV

 

Only in America can a small town moss expert make his way as a guest on Martha’s TV show.  Yup.  David Spain will appear LIVE Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

David is an artist whose medium is moss.  Yes, it’s true he is a moss expert, but it’s really more than that.  He has a passion for all things moss.  It won’t take long for his moss charm will rub off on you.

During the show, David will share tidbits from his Mossology, show you how to make a moss dish garden, and introduce you to Moss Rocks!

In Raleigh, Martha Stewart TV airs at 10:00 AM EST on the Hallmark Station, which, if you are on Time Warner Cable, is channel 73. To find out the channel and time it airs in your area, go here and enter your zip code.

I’ll be there as well, officially tweeting this live show with live tweets.  I hope you’ll join me and follow @Moss_Rocks and @MarthaStewart at hashtag #MarthaStewart during the show. And #gardenchat, lets’s ROCK the gardening world with our tweets. 

 

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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss, Martha, Moss Rocks!

 

As a business, the word about David Spain and Ken Gergle’s company, Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks!, has spread solely through word-of-mouth. Recently, the biggest mouth belongs to a beast named Social Media.

 

For more than 12 years, Moss and Stone Gardens focused on landscape design.  Their designs are artistic in nature, which is no surprise since both David and Ken have art backgrounds — David with creating furniture from reclaimed materials and Ken as a photographer for Fortune 500 companies.

 

Several years ago, David began designing miniature moss landscapes, inspired by his company’s large scale landscape work.  He did this, in part, to be able to express his love of moss gardening, on a tabletop scale.  It also allowed him to share his landscapes with others who felt the same about moss, but could only afford a dish of it.

His designs are magical, Lilliputian worlds where one wants to discover more.  Matching containers to a design, David contours soil and pairs mosses and other plantings like none other.

 

These moss dish gardens have landed David a guest spot on Martha Stewart’s, TV show, airing LIVE, October 5, 2011.  How did Martha hear about David and his moss dish gardens?  Social media.

 

Through social media, mainly Facebook, Twitter and their blog, David and Ken’s website has received a million hits in just 6 months.  That’s a lotta word-of-mouth.  While I could hurt my arm patting myself on the back for being the marketing strategists behind this, I’m also smart enough to know, their products speak for themselves.  They’re good.  Real good.

But, this wasn’t enough. Clearly all this helped spread the good news about moss, and most definitely Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! is  part of the new moss trends, David and Ken are also keen on educating people about moss and wanted anyone who wanted moss to have access to moss.  As such, Moss Rocks! was born — the love child from a pet rock and a Chia pet, Moss Rocks! lives.

Never before has a living moss product, with a suitable container,
designed solely for sustaining and displaying such a beautiful species
of moss, been developed and available for easy care and enjoyment.

David Spain, purveyor,  Moss Rocks!

 

In addition to TV, their work, now focusing primarily on Moss Rocks!, David and Ken’s moss will be discussed on radio with an upcoming guest spot on Chicago’s Mike Nowark’s, radio show and featured in magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, Southern Living, Christian Science Monitor, as well as, State-by-State Gardening (including Carolina Gardener), and many, many more.  The good word about moss is spreading.  Last week, David (with a little help from me ;~\) hosted the ever popular Twitter chat, #gardenchat.  It should come as no surprise his hosting was in the top five #gardenchats. Thanks for having us, Bren.

 

Moss Rocks! will be available in October.  Sign up today so you can be notified when Moss Rocks! are available for purchase.  Moss Rocks! will be sold through Independent Garden Centers and on-line including our own site, where we will also carry other moss-related products.

Until then, think moss.  Moss Rocks!

 

Words: Helen  Yoest



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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss pH preference

I feel very fortunate to be in the position to ask anything of David Spain, moss expert, co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! and developer of Moss Rocks!  And I do.

Often, when I’m researching a piece for this blog or another media outlet, I’ve learned to question long held beliefs.  David has taught me think about moss and to question what is being spread by word of mouth..  At first, I felt confident in my understanding of what is widely written about.  However, I’ve learned to ask anything of David to better understand exactly how moss grows and thrives.  After all, he is the moss expert; I am the communicator.   A classic example of this is the pH preference for mosses.  I believed, and what is widely written about, is that moss thrives in a pH  between 5.0 – 5.5.

Most believe this too, so I asked David Spain, what is the perferred pH of moss?
According to David Spain, I have dispelled the common adage that mosses prefer an acidic soil in the 5.0 to 5.5 range.  Moss is often found growing on acidic substrates and this is often noted as an indication of their preference for that pH range. It is more correct to say that other plants don’t prefer pH levels of 5.0 to 5.5, therefore acidic soils promote less competition, thereby allowing moss colonization. Most mosses will colonize a much wider range of pH than other plants, since they do not draw nutrients from substrates, their need for a certain pH range is overstated.

You too can ask anything of David Spain.  If you have a moss question, please let him know by leaving a comment, here on the blog, at any time.

 

AVAILABLE  October, 2011

MOSS ROCKS! Ordering Info


Words: Helen  Yoest



Follow Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! on Twitter @Moss_Rocks and our Facebook Like page Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Long, cool Moss Rocks!

Sitting alone along the windowsill, Moss Rocks!™ watches beauty all around her from the security of the indoors.  No squirrel is likely to scratch her sporophytes today.

The Toadstool color of this Cobble-sized Moss Rocks!, complements the honey color of the natural wood grain wonderfully.  A perfect resting spot for Moss Rocks!

It took David Spain co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! 2 years to bring Moss Rocks! to market.  During this time, he addressed issues of shipping, color, shape and style; but more importantly, David researched the best moss for use indoors.

Never before has a living moss product, with a suitable container, designed solely for sustaining and displaying such a beautiful species of moss, been developed and available for easy care and transport. ~David Spain


It all came together at the first of this year and will be offered to you in October.  Every home, whether in the arid Southwest or the frigid Northwest can have their own little moss garden, inside or out; from your desk to your deck.

Come check us out and tell us how you display your Moss Rocks!

 

AVAILABLE  October, 2011

MOSS ROCKS! Ordering Info

 

 

Words: Helen  Yoest



Follow Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! on Twitter @Moss_Rocks and our Facebook Like page Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss Rocks! for home decor

Nestled next to a favorite chair, moss rests under the glow of light, diffused by a mica shade.

As artists and decorators know, groups of odd numbers are the most pleasing to the eye. Making a pleasing arrangement next the chair is simplified with a lamp, a plant, and the addition of a boulder sized Moss Rocks!, reflecting light in the lichen color.

With lamps coming in standard-ish sizes and potted plants in predictable forms, the remaining space,  the lower layer, if you will, is often awkward to fill.  The usual cliche is to add a book, a bird, or a bauble of some sort.  Moss Rocks!, a low maintenance moss container garden, with a pleasing style, can fill the void.

Leslie Kuss,  author of Growing a Garden in Davis plans to have Moss Rocks! to, “Keep a bright spot of green close by on foggy Central California winter days.”

By the chair, next to the sink, on your deck, Moss Rocks! will rock your home decor.

Let us know how you plan to use your Moss Rocks!

Words: Helen  Yoest

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

 

Follow Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! on Twitter @Moss_Rocks and our Facebook Like page Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.