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Growing a Greener World

In June of 2012 Moss and Stone Gardens became the focus of a fantastic television series, Growing a Greener World. Hosted by Joe Lampl’ and broadcast nationally on PBS stations, GGWTV has become known for it’s appealling coverage of a broad range of interesting and topical green subjects. Beautifully filmed in high definition, it is a treat for the eyes as well as the soul. We were contacted by GGWTV’s co-executive producer and resident canning expert, Theresa Loe, expressing interest in learning more about mosses and the possibility of their inclusion for an upcoming show. After a few communications it was apparent that mosses and our work with them would have enough interest to become a full episode. Naturally we were thrilled with the aspect of another chance to share our message of mossy goodness with a national audience!

We awaited the arrival of Joe Lampl’ and the GGWTV team at our Moss Farm nursery with great anticipation. The visually stunning camera work that has become the trademark of GGWTV series was accomplished for our episode by the work of a very talented team of brothers, Carl Pennington and David Pennington. Together, Joe, Carl and David have traveled extensively to cover so many interesting topics and locations that to sit and talk with them is an adventure all it’s own. The few days that we spent together was an unforgettable experience and eye opening as to the demands of producing a high quality television series. I should mention that GGWTV is also comprised of other very talented personalities and team members which we didn’t have the opportunity to work with in person, such as the uber charming celebrity chef Nathan Lyon.  We did get to know some of the other great folks such as the previously mentioned Co-executive producer and chicken aficionado Theresa Loe as well as the existentially provocative Social media director Christa Hanson, both of which we adore and appreciate tremendously.

We began with a strategy meeting at sunrise – days always begin at sunrise when working with a television crew – and mapped out locations to film the script. We began filming rather quickly and wouldn’t you know it, I’m first up to bat with my close-up shots. Although not my first time on camera, I have to admit it was quite a challenge to condense my words within the framework of the script. Those of you who know me understand that I am not short-winded about my passion for moss! It was also hot as hades and impossible for me to not perspire. We were constantly running fans and wiping my face in between takes. I have to say that the patience of Joe, Carl and David in their determination to get the shot was phenomenal. Dealing with a sweaty, fumbling subject was only part of the ordeal as much of the challenge was constantly changing lighting and background noises.

After meticulous preparations we would be at the finish line of a segment only to have it interrupted by an amazing and seemingly determined variety of audio interlopers;  a plane overhead or a chainsaw or a car horn or a leaf blower or a lawn mower or a -I kid you not- crew of city workers with a bulldozer to clear a right-of-way at the bottom of our property!  Luckily for us they were PBS supporters and agreed to begin their clearing at the other end of the right-of-way.

Interesting to see, was just how seamlessly Joe could move from off-camera to on-camera. I suppose that after so many years of hosting television programs Joe has developed that skill but it is also apparent, watching him work, that  he is a natural talent. The really kind and enthusiastic person you see on the screen is what Joe is like in real life, but for that to be felt and seen by viewers, he also taps into his ease with the camera and keen focus on the subject matter. So what may look casual when edited and shown over a half hour program was really a grueling sun-up to sun-down schedule of scene set-up and shoots over a sweltering three and a half days.  Not once did I see Joe with even a bead of perspiration! That twit! Oh, did I type that out loud?!

Ken and I were fascinated by Carl and David’s expertise with the visual and audio recording of the events.  Obviously they are pros and it shows. Both Ken and I relate very well to the challenges of documenting our work with mosses but these guys were also capturing sound. Their commitment to high quality audio was very rigorous to accomplish and constituted most of the demands of the time needed for the shoot. We became attuned to the ambient sounds during filming but mostly kept an eye on David as he listened through his headphones. By the last day of shooting I could sense an approaching sound violation by the slight cocking of David’s head as the microphone picked up the earliest vibrations detectable to his trained ear.

Needless to say, all the work to make this episode happen was worth it and, thanks to Joe and his crew, we are one step closer to giving mosses their due and taking them off the list of weeds to spray with herbicides. With topics like this being examined on quality programs we can all learn how to work towards growing a greener world.

Visit Growing a Greener World’s website to see the Moss Gardens episode #319 from season 3 or look up your local listings and find when it airs on your local PBS station. While your there, be sure to check out all the other amazing episodes and connect with the GGWTV team and joe gardeners’ from around the world through their Facebook page.

David Spain a.k.a. Moss Rock

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Southern Living – My mossy roots

    This month we are celebrating being featured in a little magazine you may have heard of…Southern Living!  Be sure and check out “Roll Out the Green Carpet” (page 68 if you must know).   This is especially gratifying as this article and this garden are important milestones in my moss adventure.   Take a peek behind the scenes with me…

In May of 2008, one of our favorite garden creations was invited to participate in the Raleigh Little Theatre Garden tour. It was at the home of Richard and Barbara Urquhart, and it was then that my now close friend Helen Yoest visited their garden for the first time. Helen wrote a post about the garden for her blog, Gardening With Confidence and an edited version was published in September 2008 issue of Metro Magazine.

A few months later Helen brought Steve Bender, aka The Grumpy Gardener and Senior garden writer for Southern Living Magazine, for a quick look around the garden while he was in town.

Shortly after that, Steve contacted me with interest in doing a feature article on the moss garden and the work we had done there. Sadly, Mr. Urquhart, a great friend, mentor and my father-in-law had passed away peacefully on June 8th 2008, resting in his chair overlooking his beautiful garden. Even though I couldn’t share the excitement with him in person, there was no doubt in my mind that this great man was smiling along with me from his new home in the Garden of Eden.

By that time I had had a 10 year love affair with this little plant’s charm and tenacity.  Could others be as taken with it as well? To have someone like Helen and Steve validate this belief in moss becoming mainstream was a great motivator, but there was much to be done before my dreams could be realized. The first task at hand was to prepare the Urquhart’s garden for a top-tier magazine photo-shoot. With the family’s blessing we began right away, the shoot was a mere 10 months away and mosses don’t move that fast.All through the winter and spring we worked to complete the unfinished visions Mr. Uquhart and I had shared for the garden.

As July of 2009 approached, Moss and Stone Gardens was on-site full time, tending every tiny detail and fighting the heat and dryness of that year. It was no easy task to make a garden whose blooming plants peak in early May, look just as spectacular 2 months later. Luckily mosses with their year-round glory came to the rescue!

The day finally came, July 14th of 2009 and Steve, Helen and photographer extraordinaire Ralph Anderson arrived at the garden. Friends and family had gathered at the grand home to celebrate the gardens preparedness and its’ honored guests. Ham biscuits, deviled eggs, tomato pie and iced tea helped to keep the crew working all through the heat of the day, preparing for the many different aspects and angles of the planned photos. We took advantage of anything to make the best of the afternoon while we waited on what Ralph called “the Soft Light”. He explained that just as the sun is rising or  setting, there is a period of time when the lighting becomes magical and it allows the camera to see what we do in person. This moment in time allows the photographer to capture the spiritual connection with the surroundings.

God was accommodating, no doubt with a nudge from Mr. Urquhart and the soft light came. We raced from place to place to capture the “gloaming” of the garden as Mr. U used to call it, and it was good. When the light proved too dim and much had been captured, Ralph’s excitement to capture one more spectacular shot hadn’t diminished, nor had mine. I shouted to Ralph, “I know one more angle we haven’t done yet,” and we grabbed the gear rushing to the backyard. Sure enough, the sun was providing a last few minutes of opportunity, and with the cameras exposure wide open, turning the waters surface to a glossy finish, it was done. The shoot over and crew exhausted, we shared a toast, to Mr. Urquhart and everyone that had worked so hard to bring this dream into a reality.

I will never be able to thank Helen, Steve, Ralph and all those involved enough, most of all my mentor that I miss dearly …here’s to you Mr. Urquhart.

p.s. Interestingly enough, the photo that made it into the article was that very last shot we took as the light faded.

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

Moss Rocks! the Daily Grommet

 

Are you familiar with The Daily Grommet?  They are about Fresh finds, true stories…

At noon on Friday, April 6, 2012  Moss Rocks! has the honor of being the featured Daily Grommet. We are thrilled!  With thousands of submissions from folks wanting their products featured, and only 20 spots a month selected, it truly is an honor to be picked.

Hear what The Daily Grommet says…

Every day at noon we launch one inventive consumer product or service and broadcast its story across the web. People all over the world give us suggestions for products. They tell us why they should be Grommets. We test and curate the best ideas, and then create a video review and word of mouth campaign for each product. When a product launches on Daily Grommet, we host a discussion board on our site where people can chat directly with the creator of the product and with us.

We hope you can stop by their site on Friday and talk about Moss Rocks!…

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

By: Helen Yoest

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

Moss trending — Country Gardens magazine photo shoot


If you ever get the chance to be apart of a photo shoot, even as a bystander, do it.  They are so much fun.  Interesting, in fact.  If nothing else, you will get a lesson in light.

Moss and Stone Gardens Photographer, Ken Gergle shooting the shoot

By the time David Spain’s flower frog collection was photographed for Country Gardens magazine, he was experienced.  Earlier that week, David’s dish garden designs were also photographed at the Moss Farm, the nursery for Moss and Stone Gardens.

There was no way his entire collection of flower frogs could be photographed for the feature story — David has more than 250 flower frogs. And if there is one thing we learned about David through blog posts this past year, besides his love for moss, is that when he embraces something, he goes all the way.  The man knows nothing about doing something half-way.

While his collection caught the eye of Country Garden’s editor, James Baggett, the backdrop for shooting David’s collection ain’t too shabby and, no doubt, led the desire to feature the collection.  With moss trending the two together–moss creating drama beyond floral frogs on a bench, was magic.

F lower Frogs

Although flower frogs are still functional, collectors have come to appreciate them as stand-alone ornaments, artfully arranged on walls, placed in glass-front cabinets, and even leaping into the garden…..

….”My collection grew as as it became common for my mother and grandmother to give me flower frogs as birthday and Christmas gifts,” says David Spain.

Pick up a copy to learn tips for collecting flower frogs and the best match with the right type of plant.

 

 

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

By: Helen Yoest

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

Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! 2011 tribute — It was a very good year

 

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

By: Helen Yoest

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

Moss Rocks! on My Carolina Today TV NBC-17

 

David Spain, co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, had the privilege to be a guest on NBC-17′s My Carolina Today TV with host, Valonda Calloway.

“It was such an honor to be able to show Valonda, Kim and the crew around The Moss Farm, they all wanted to move-in! Sorry I took your closing line Valonda, we did all have a great time though.”  ~David Spain


 

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

By: Helen Yoest

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

Moss Rocks!’s David Spain on GardenLine Radio with C.L. Fornari


The ever enthusiastic moss man, David Spain recently talked moss with  gardening enthusiast, C.L. Fornari on  Gardenline,  It was mossome!  Check it out.

C.L.’s interview probed moss in general, plus  how Moss Rocks! came to be.

 

 

 

David Spain is a passionate moss expert, pioneering moss cultivation, working to educate gardeners of the perils of wild harvesting of mosses and to, instead, help them develop sustainable propagation techniques.

Did you know Moss Rocks! is a home decor item using a specialized ceramic container, with a patent pending design to maintain and display Dicranum mosses? The use of Dicranum moss makes this gift item uniquely suited for low maintenance care, indoors and out.

For more on moss education, listen in by clicking below  

 

 

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

By: Helen Yoest

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

Moss Rocks! will rock Duke — David Spain — A Garden of Moss

David Spain will be speaking to the Durham Garden Forum, an informal group that meets monthly to enrich the members’ gardening knowledge and skill.  January’s topic: “A Garden of Moss,” with David Spain of Moss and Stone Gardens. With 10 years of experience cultivating moss and creating gardens, David will share his expertise on moss culture and design strategies. Contact Durham Garden Forum at durhamgardenforum@gmail.com. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

Hope you can make it!

Speaker:  David Spain

Sponsor:  Sarah P. Duke GardensLocation:  Sarah P. Duke Gardens - Map
Cost:  Free for forum members; $10 general public. Annual membership fee $25.
When:   to 
Contact:  Smith, Sara
Email:  slsmith@duke.edu
Phone:  919-668-1707

 

 

 

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

By: 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.

Ken Gergle’s Photography – Moss Rocks!

Award winning photographer, Ken Gergle, is the man behind the lens at Moss and Stone Gardens and Blog .

I’m of the opinion that Ken is Moss and Stone Garden’s unsung hero.  For almost a year, M&SG has posted weekly with one of Ken Gergle’s fantastic photos.  Each week, Ken works on a moss composition for the blog to use for a story idea David Spain or I have.

With apologies, we tend to blindside Ken, giving very little notice and often some off-the-wall subject. Once I figure out what I want to write about, our conversations go something like this, “Ken can you get me a closeup photo of some sporophytes? Umm, I need it by Monday…”  Yes, after all this time, he is still talking to me.

Ken is a pro.  Despite, short notice, never knowing what the topic will be next, aside from the theme of moss, he manages to produce photos that get our readers (that’s you!) visiting again and again.  We are a team, and Ken Gergle’s photography is the master at making whatever I write about interesting; David Spain makes sure what I write about is right.  I’m merely the moss messenger.

Thanks to all our readers for continuing to visit our blog and clicking through to the website. You give us purpose; although we would continue to write about moss, it’s just nice to know others are interested in it too.  Happy New Year and may we continue to explore moss together in 2012.  The Moss and Stone Gardens communication team — David Spain, Ken Gergle, and Helen Yoest.

Click here to enjoy more of Ken’s work.

Ken has had a lifelong passion for the interpreting the visual world around him. To this end, he studied graphic design, art, and of course, photography.

For over 30 years, Ken has photographed both in the studio and on location for a wide variety of ad agencies, corporations, and businesses of all types. He has created imagery that sold, inspired, and motivated.

Today, Ken works primarily as a nature photographer and continues the exploration of all around him that visually stimulates and inspires.

 

 

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

By: 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.

Merry Mossy Christmoss – Moss Rocks! give-away

From our first post to our latest, with magazine coverage to newspaper blogs featuring Moss Rocks!, we have confirmed what we already knew, moss matters.  From Martha to Grumpy and P. Allen Smith too, moss moves people.

The trend towards moss brought many peeps curious about moss to our site.  Millions of peeps.  Our readers are learning about moss through our educational pieces, you know, making sure our readers know their acrocarp from their pleurocarp and the basics of Mossology.    Finally, moss is trending after all these years.   You see, mosses are primitive plants, evolving 450 million years ago — 70 million years before ferns and tens of millions more years before the first dinosaur; mosses are finally getting their due.  Moss is nature’s first trend!

We have also shared with you our moss dish gardens, moss terrariums, and, of course, Moss Rocks!  Now we want to share with you a chance to win your very own Moss Rocks!

If you are feeling lucky, here’s how:

To enter a chance to win,  tell us, in 50 words or less, how you will include Moss Rocks! in your holiday activities.  For example, will you bring Moss Rocks! home to meet the parents? Will you invite Moss Rocks! to a New Year’s Even party?  Will you, ahem, sleep with your Moss Rocks! (please keep in mind, this is a family blog, most of the time) at the foot of your bed?  Or maybe you see Moss Rocks! riding cargo on your train set or sitting on your mantle.  Share with us your creativity; we’re excited to see what you suggest.

There are three easy steps to enter.

1)  Leave your comment here — 50 words or less as to how you will include Moss Rocks! in your holiday festivities.

2)  Like us on Facebook.

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3)  Cut and past your blog post comment onto our Facebook page, so we can share your adventures with our Facebook friends.

The winner will receive a set of three Moss Rocks!, a pebble, a cobble, a boulder; oh my.  We are delighted to choose colors for you.

Give-away ends Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 11:59 PM.  The winning name will be pulled at random.  The more times you enter, the greater your chances, but each entry must be a unique use of Moss Rocks!.  One more thing — we will need to have a shipping address by Monday, December 19, 2011.

Shipment anywhere in the contiguous US only.

The winning entry will be posted on our Facebook page by Monday, December 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM EST.  The winner will be notified via the email address associated with their blog comment.

If you are not feeling so lucky, buy now:

 

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

By: 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.