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A Rock’n Party!

This past weekend Moss and Stone Gardens had the honor to assist Helen Yoest with the hosting of the VIP party for the J. C. Raulston Arboretum, which was a wrap-up event for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Ruby C. McSwain education center. After two days of ceremony and appreciation, Saturday night was all about the folks that make the arboretum vital today. Helen as usual was on task for this J.C. jubilee and she wasn’t about to just throw some “come over to my house and knosh on some celery and wine coolers” kind of gathering. No, she was set that the event would be as memorable as the efforts of all the great staff, volunteers and contributors that make the JC Raulston Arboretum the world class horticultural center that it is.

Helen’s Haven is well designed for large gatherings and it was decided that we would add a bamboo and burlap structure centered on the long rectangular lawn to create some atmosphere. Ken and I used two 30 foot bamboo poles to suspend large round paper lanterns, one orange and one white. They were to become symbols for the setting sun and rising moon. The moon was placed high overhead while the sun was hung low over the center of the garden. Paper lanterns were also used for lighting the tables since the party would stretch into the evening hours. To that we added Christmas lights around the structure and throughout the garden at key places, careful to not use too much. The Garden house, knick-named The Love Shack, was repurposed for a beverage station and as the point on the exclamation mark! Tiki torches were dotted about and the music backdrop selected.

Moss, of course, was the centerpiece at the tables and Moss Rocks! were placed to accent the simple and beautiful settings. Patricia, my wife, prepared abundant appetizers and the cornbread muffins that accompanied Helen’s famous white chicken chili. Cupcakes followed the main course, baked by Beth Jimenez and paired with butter pecan ice cream.

The guests arrived and settled in quickly to the inviting venue.  Food and drinks were passed around and everyone was soon partying with confidence. Honestly, I can’t remember a party that sported all the right ingredients so well.  As the sun set and the arbor lights danced into the night a glow seemed to surround the happy gathering.  We were all so enjoying the evening and the company there was no sign of anyone looking for an early exit. The food, fun and ambience combined to satisfy all of our desires for an evening to be remembered.

The J. C. Raulston Arboretum, if you haven’t been before, I highly recommend to visit. It is truly a treasure for North Carolina and inspiration for us all. As for the folks that volunteer and work there, you won’t find a better crowd to spend a evening with.

David Spain a.k.a. Moss Rock

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

 

Moss Rocks! Rocks Valentine’s Day


Valentines Day is often represented with images of cupid wearing a diaper shooting an arrow right through the hearts of unsuspecting love.  That’s what happened one day when cupid struck his arrow through the hearts of Pet Rock and Chia Pet. But, there is a twist to this story.  Cupid, had a fashion malfunction.  He was wearing a moss diaper, which was common for his generation, but he had an accident.

Chia and Rock’s cupid was getting up in the years and he couldn’t fly as well as the other cupids on the love circuit.  When he was taking aim at Chia and Rock, he ran into a flying pet poodle wearing mama-jamas.  The collision caused spores to spew from his moss diaper.  Just as the arrows struck his love-creating hearts, spores sprinkled down, lightly dusting the young loves.

This love led hot fun in the summertime, but with a cool twist.  Both Chia and Rock had an insatiable desire to, a-hem, find a moss garden to express their love.   Moss Rocks! is the love child of this innocent love.

Fortunately for the masses, later generations of Moss Rocks! came true to seed, sorta speak, and reproduce in three sizes – Pebble, Cobble, Boulder.

To celebrate this originial sacred union, Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! is offering a special and introducing  2 new products – Moss Stream & Rain Shower.

The specials include:

The Impressor
Impress your Valentine with the most unique gift available; one of our now famous Moss Rocks! in the Cobble (medium) size!

Our Moss Stream deep watering bottle is bundled with this package to round out a very Impressive gift that will be remembered year round!

INCLUDED: Toadstool (color)  Cobble (size)
Moss Stream 250ml deep watering bottle
Valentines Card with the name of the shipper
No size or color substitutions available on this special order!

The Thriller
Your Valentine will be absolutely thrilled with this package we have put together featuring the Cobble (medium) and Pebble (small) sizes of our Moss Rocks! This package is bundled with our complete watering solution, featuring the Moss Stream deep watering bottle, and the Moss Rainshower ultra fine sprayer.

INCLUDED: Toadstool (color)  Cobble (size)
Bark (color)   Pebble (size)
Moss Stream 250ml deep watering bottle
Moss Rain Shower 2oz ultra fine sprayer
Valentines Card with the name of the shipper
No size or color substitutions available on this special order!

The “OMG”
OMG!… what else can your Valentine say after receiving the full set of our Moss Rocks! and our complete watering solution all in one day!

This combination is the ultimate pleaser, and we have a guess as to what the lucky recipient of this gift will say!

INCLUDED: Toadstool (color)  Boulder (size)
Raindrop (color)   Cobble (size)
Bark (color)    Pebble (size)
Moss Stream 250ml deep watering bottle
Moss Rain Shower 2oz ultra fine sprayer
Valentines Card with the name of the shipper
No size or color substitutions available on this special order!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

A disclaimer from Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! co-owner David Spain:

The sight of moss may lead to some moss-enducing activities that we, as a company, cannot be responsible for.  Please moss responsibility.  Your secrets are safe with me —  Moss my heart and hope to die.  So party on and send your sweetie something peaty!

 

 

 

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.

Cobble’s writer gets her first Moss Rock!

Hi Helen here. Consider this story Moss and Stone Garden’s — Where Moss Rocks! first guest blogger post. Even though I write a post weekly, this is the first time I’ve written about my personal experience with moss. Moss Rocks!

Alone each week, I sit to script a post and share the wonders of Moss Rocks! Each week, for nearly a year now, I’ve watched millions visit this blog and Moss and Stone Garden’s website to read, purchase Moss Rocks!, and yes, as many have suggested, to question my sanity. But, hey, Moss Rocks! rock. It’s easy to go crazy around those little cuties. However, just like the shoemaker’s wife, I’m the Cobble’s writer. Everyone around me has Pebbles, Cobbles, and Boulders. But I had none. I had to live vicariously though my tales about Moss Rocks! Until now. Santa was good to me. He brought me Moss Rocks!

Now, as I sit writing in the rising light, I’ll never again be alone. My Moss Rocks! will always be by my side. When I’m watching the kids kick the soccer ball in the back garden of Helen’s Haven, I can bring Moss Rocks! with me to cheer them on. This year, when I go to Florida, Moss Rocks! will ride shotgun, telling me mossome tales. I never tire hearing about how he came to be. He tells the story so well.

When I go for a picnic, Moss Rocks! will be by my side, helping wick away the dew. He will offer me solace, when I’m feeling blue. Moss Rocks! will comfort my kitty when the load of the world weights heavy on his shoulders. Something that can only be fixed with a Boulder. Yes, I will share my Moss Rocks! with those I love. As long as you remember, love me, love my Moss Rocks! When I’m invited for a day with you, please remember, I’ll bring him too.

I struggled with a name to best suit his personality, but then it came to me:  Galanthus. Like the flower, Galanthus brings me brightness whenever there is darkness around me.

Please share with me what you and your Moss Rocks! have been up too. I’m always looking for ideas to spend time with Galanthus. Feel free to post here or on Moss and Stone Gardens’ Facebook page. If looking for a play date, text me. ;~\

 

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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Photo credited obviously NOT Ken Gergle.

New Year’s Gathering: Cobble Plus One – Party Rock

The invitation finally arrived! I’ve been invited the event of the year, everyone will be there. I shall wear Toadstool. Toadstool goes with everyone, so I’ll look good chatting up the cute blond in Raindrop, the hottie in Bark, and when all the kids gather around to hear my travel tales, their rosy cheeks will reflect nicely in my luster. But, the invitation states: Cobble Plus ONE. This is a problem; with ten of my best Pebbles in town, how do I choose who can come with me?

The last time I left Pebble Betty out of the fun, she shed her rainwater for four days. It was hard to watch. Pebble Lulu will be fine, completely understanding. But, is that reason enough to choose someone else, because she can handle not going? No, I don’t think so.

Pebble Paul will get over it, and I believe he has another invite; however, it’s not to the party of the year. Honestly, I ‘m surprised he isn’t the one who got the invitation, instead of me. Pebble Paul is always the life of the party, charming all the other Pebbles, Cobbles and Boulders.

I could bring Pebble Patricia. She has a way of brightening up a room wherever she goes. Her radiant smile would be an excellent distraction as the other nine Pebbles scattered about, crashing the party. But, I can’t involve her in this; it wouldn’t be fair.

I think the best thing to do is to go “alone” with a platter of Pebbles disguised as Deviled Moss Eggs. I’m sure to be well received as my hostess gift. Once on the table, next to the Foie Gras, my ten Pebble friends can slowly scoot off the table to mingle with the other party guests. This is the best plan since everyone knows Deviled Moss Eggs are always the first to be eaten. While it’s true the next person to the table noticing the Deviled Moss Eggs gone will be disappointed; they will just assume others got to the table for a nosh before them. They are always the first to go.  But all that will be forgotten with the joy my ten Pebble friends will bring to the party.

Yes! me and my best ten best Pebbles will all go and you’ll fine us shufflin to the beat at this New Year’s treat. Ok, plan in place, I shall gather my Pebble friends around to share the good news. Let’s Party Rock!

May your New Year’s bring you joy and moss galore. Please, remember to moss responsibly

Signed: Cobble Chris

 

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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New Year’s Gathering: Cobble Plus One

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

Twelve days of Mossmass


TWELVE DAYS OF MOSSMASS

On the first day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
A Pebble in a pear tree.

On the second day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the third day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Three Moss hens
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Eight Mellows milking,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Nine Acrocarps ,
Eight Mellows milking,,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Ten Pleurocarps a-leaping,
Nine Acrocarps dancing,
Eight Mellows milking,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Eleven Peeps a-piping,
Ten Pleurocarps a-leaping,
Nine Acrocarps dancing,
Eight Mellows milking,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Twelve Boulders drumming,
Eleven Peeps a-piping,
Ten Pleurocarps a-leaping,
Nine Acrocarps dancing,
Eight Mellows milking,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.


 

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.

A star is born – Moss Rocks! Evergreen

It’s a little known fact, a back story if you will, that when David Spain was a wee lad, he would listen to, over and over again, Evergreen, from the soundtrack of the movie A Star is Born, featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

As David watched Ms. Streisand sing,  two things impressed him most.  The first being the vessel of some sort, some kind of thingy Ms. Streisand stares at in the beginning of the video and then softly caresses it against her ear throughout the entire song until right before the end when after, and only after,  she fondly touches Kris Kristofferson’s beard.

A soft beard next to a vessel thingy.  Like a Reeses cup when chocolate met peanut butter, David saw the perfect paring in those prepubescent years  – bring something soft to the shape of the thingy Ms. Streisand uses to give her so much pleasure and it will for sure be a hit.

This vessel next to Ms. Streisand’s  ear was the true inspiration for the rock and Kris’ beard was the true inspiration for the moss.  Moss meets rock.  The paring makes Moss Rocks!  It took many years, but today, a star is born — Moss Rocks! Yes, indeed, a star is born.

EVERGREEN Lyrics adapted to Moss Rocks!…Only one word changes —  moss replaces love, but the meaning of this song holds true.  Have you hugged your Moss Rocks! today?

Moss, soft as an easy chair
Moss, fresh as the morning air
One moss that is shared by two
I have found with you
Like a rose under the April snow
I was always certain moss would grow
Moss, ageless and evergreen
Seldom seen by two
You and I will
make each night the first
Everyday a beginning
Spirits rise and their dance is unrehearsed
They warm and excite us
‘Cause we have the brightest moss
Two lights that shine as one Morning glory and midnight sun
Time, we’ve learned to sail above
Time, won’t change the meaning of one moss
Ageless and ever evergreen

 

Photo by 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.

Happy Mossgiving

Happy Mossgiving

Happy Mossgiving to you and yours
Let us give thanks and praise.

Moss be with you
Moss be good
Moss be all over your neighborhood.

Moss is green
Moss is gold
Moss is something to behold.

Moss in pebble
Moss in cobble and in boulder
Moss in sizes made to order.

Moss on Lichen and on Raindrop
Moss on Toadstool and on Bark
Moss on your desk, not the dark.

Moss is old
Moss is new
Moss is trending like a blue.

Let us give thanks and praise on this turkey day.

Moss is grand
Moss is green
We are told, Moss Rocks! are the best you’d ever seen.

 

Thank you all for your support.
From our families to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

May your day be filled with love and light.

David Spain and Ken Gergle

 

 

Photo credit 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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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 outdoor decor – Moss is good

Light bounces off Moss Rocks!  in the night when the moon is full giving the effect of moon drops in the evening garden.  During the day Moss Rocks! brings light to brighten the mossy landscape.  Moss Rocks! brings moss where no moss has grown before.  Moss Rocks! rocks the garden, day and night, like little jewels beaming light where darkness lies sleeping.

Adding Moss Rocks! to the home garden is only limited to your imagination.  Finding subtle shades of shade, will keep your Moss Rocks! thriving.  On a bench, a table top, on the patio or deck, Moss Rocks! will rock your gardening world.

Bring you Moss Rocks! indoor too.  Moss Rocks! are the universal garden accent piece, indoors or out.  Give as gifts to friends in need of green and goodness.  Worry less this holiday season knowing you will be welcomed into your hostesses’ home with the most appropriate gift.

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

 

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Moss Rocks! are AVAILABLE

Oh dear, where to start?; when to stop? Moss Rocks! are rocking my world! Yep, that is what we’re hearing.  We can finally answer your questions!

The answer to where to start? Start by ordering Moss Rocks! right now.  Moss Rocks! are available at many Independent Garden Centers across the country and on-line.  Order today.  They make the perfect Thanksgiving hostess gift, holiday gifts, teacher gifts, and if you order 2, you can keep one for yourself.

Heck, order 8 and put in every room of your house.  How about 16, so your Moss Rocks! won’t be alone?  Better yet, order 24 to artfully arrange in groups of three.  Then order 5 more for the porch, patio, deck or to set on the table for Al Fresco dining….I guess this brings us to answering the second question…

The answer to when to stop?*  Why stop?  If it feels good, baby, just do it.  After you’ve ordered Moss Rocks! for every room of the house and every available space in the garden,  you may want to consider putting a Moss Rocks! in a secret place where you can be alone with your new Moss Rocks!  Find a quiet place where your Moss Rocks! can give you solitude.   I’ve done it.  When I need a break from my hectic work day, I can nestle next my big, bold, boulder Moss Rocks! and tell him about my day.

Moss Rocks! are excellent listeners. It’s like moss is nature’s wisdom keeper.  Unload your worries on moss — moss takes worries in and breathes wisdom out.  Just listen. You’ll see.  Moss has been listening to the earth problems for more than 450 million years.  Moss is everywhere; but now you can have your own personal patch.

*Order Moss Rocks! responsibly

Words: Helen Yoest



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Moss Rocks! David Spain on the Martha Stewart show

To view David’s segments, click here: David Spain on Martha Stewart scroll down; see it on the left?


There is a lot to be said for being asked to appear on the Martha Stewart television show.

Forever more, Moss and Stone Gardens has pedigree with bragging rights to quip, As seen on Martha Stewart TV.  In today’s vernacular, that means something.

On October 5, 2011, Moss expert David Spain, stood beside Martha chatting about moss.  It’s widely known, Martha is a lover of moss, with the grounds of her Maine home blanketed in various species of moss grown naturally in her locale.

With an invitation to appear just 2 weeks prior to the segment date, there was much to do.

 

David Spain reading in the Green Room of Martha Stewart's TV studio


Personally David was ready with the phone call.  David eats, sleeps and peeps moss; however, there was still much to be done.  Most of the preparation to appear on Martha’s show centered around what dishes to use to make the moss dish gardens, and more importantly, how to succinctly talk about propagating moss and doing a moss dish gardens in 6 minute segments each.  There is a lot to be said about moss; a lot to learn.

But the crackerjack Martha team found the right person to speak on the subject — David Spain.  David has dedicated his life work to the subject of moss.  And with moss trending, having an articulate spokesperson sharing mossology, will ensure keeping the trend going for some time to come.

STUDIO MEETING

We arrived the day before for a 3:30 studio meeting.  This gave us time to go over the
next day’s segments, as well as, time to unpack the boxes and set the tables.  We also got a tour of the studio, peaked into Martha’s office (we had to stand on our tippy-toes), and peered into the Green Room where David would wait before and after his appearance; where I too would hang out before I took my seat in the audience.

FIRST SEGMENT
Martha and David’s first segment kicked off with a little about David’s creds and some perky play about Mossology and testing the audience about some fun moss facts.

This was followed by learning how to propagate moss by knowing the difference between your Acrocarp and your Pluerocarp. We can say with confidence, Martha knows the difference.

At the end of the segment, Martha’s staff photographer took an image of the two at their work station.

SECOND SEGMENT
In their second segment, moss dish gardens were the main course, with a final adieu to Moss Rocks!

Martha and David were in their element, both appreciating moss in the natural landscape and creating miniature landscapes in the form of a dish garden.  Both dish gardens proved to be very easy to make and charming in design.

David’s dish gardens have been photographed by Country Gardens magazine for the early spring issue due out in January.  You are sure to be inspired to make your own and David gives a step-by-step approach to teach you how.

For more information on David Spain and Moss and Stone Gardens, visit their website or tour the media kit on this blog.

David Spain says, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience being on Martha Stewart’s TV show and until we meet again, Martha, Moss Rocks!

Words: Helen  Yoest



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