Moss Dish Gardens






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.

30 thoughts on “Moss Dish Gardens

    1. David Spain

      Thanks for the compliments Jea, we try to find things in scale with the mosses and plants we use.

  1. Kynda

    thanks so much for the blog–beautiful photography . . . love the zen-garden with the tea house! and yesterday’s post about terrariums was great info. You’re one of my daily stops on the blog tour 🙂

    1. David Spain

      Thanks Kynda, glad you keep up with us. The Japanese hut is definitely a favorite of ours too.

    1. David Spain

      Glad we are priming your creative ideas, there’s a lot of things you can do with mosses. Send us a picture if you do, we’d love to see it!

  2. Helen Yoest Post author

    Thank you Kynda! It’s always nice to hear. David Spain and Ken Gergle are on a mission to educate the masses on mosses. I’m just the lucky one to pen their passion.

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  8. Barbara J. Cole

    I saw these in a magazine and just had to find out what they were all about. They are beautiful and so natural. I love things that are natural and have lots of texture, they fit the bill. I’m hoping I get the three moss stones as a Christmas gift, it would be the best thing ever.

    Loved all you photos, your a natural , it is all serene.

    Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!

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  10. Linda Bickford

    Wow, just came across your site…such beautiful pictures and ideas! As if i don’t have enough projects to do already, but I’d love to create some of these moss containers like the old apple box, small ones with little bits of fern, etc. The side of our house that we enter faces north. Maybe I can find a spot for some creative moss interest 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. angelahing

    love this site. I want to do something with moss. what are the small fern type leaves sticking up out of the moss in most dishes. so beautiful. can I buy that from you also??

  14. Sandra Seldon

    I have been interested in moss garden ideas all summer. It grows so well on the large rocks on the northside of our home. I have also tried it indoors under lights. This is where I have trouble. I bought the moss rocks but to no avail-they died. I have some in glass containers -keeping the top off for several hours each day-never putting the top on until the container has dried off after spraying with water. Any Hints?
    Also some of the containers look so interesting-is there a web site?
    Thank you. S. Seldon

  15. Jebediah Stewart


    I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate your site. I have a big attraction for moss and have just recently got my hands on some and have put together a few dish moss gardens. I would be most appreciative if would be able to answer a couple brief questions I have. I haven’t found many people with experience. My full time gig is as a Chef here in Austin and I would be happy to trade some recipes for the info. So…

    Do the dish gardens do well indoors?

    If in doors, is the watering schedule for the gardens similar to the lawn schedule? The humidity level in most houses is different than outdoors, so I thought there may need to be an adjustment.

    I’ve been using a mix of organic sphagnum moss and organic potting soil over a layer of rocks for the substrate. I do try and remove any biggish bark bits, Though the texture is still a bit course, I’m not sure if that helps them get a grip or not. I’ve seen a lot of moss naturally growing on very silty earth and thought some succulent mix may be better texture, though it wouldn’t hold the moisture as well. What do you feel is the best substrate?

    I though misting would be a great way to water, though I noticed the squirt bottle has a metal spring in the mechanism and I thought it could have the same effect you mentioned from treated metals. What do you use to water?

    I am most grateful for any time you take with my queries.

    Great thanks,

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