Hats off to moss


It’s really too bad the Royal Wedding is behind us; no doubt this moss dish garden would have morphed into a fashionable hat for the occasion.  Well, there’s always Ascot, another UK occasion to wear the height of fashion.  Indeed, moss is the height of fashion; I can imagine millineries making hats from moss next season, showing up in the middle of Royal circles.

Why wait, right?  We can have moss making a fashion statement in our gardens right now.

While this creation looks like a Royal hat sitting on a hatstand, it’s actually a gorgeous pedal dish garden with pottery made by Marsha Owen, and filled with plants, unmistakably by the hand of David Spain.

David Spain has collaborated with Marsh Owen on many designs, but he says,  “This dish has to be her best.  It’s graceful pedestal and shallow bowl, with an undulating rim, gets my heart racing.  The generous ceramic wave is also the perfect form for buxom moss colonies.”

David Spain’s latest design is filled with a beautiful mixed colony of Dicranum scoparium and Plagiomnium cuspidatum, nestled next to an Ebony spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron) and a tuff of dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) on either side (only one tuff shown in this photo.)  “I rounded out the voluptuous tableau with Leucobryum glaucum and a heavy sporophyte colony of Dicranum scoparium,” says David Spain.

The choice of mosses and other plants David includes in his designs, skillfully matches the lines and style of each individual dish; David has an eye for perfect plant placement.

This dish garden is an example of what has earned him the reputation of, not only a moss expert by paring mosses and other plants that work well together, but as a gifted and talented designer who uses moss as his medium. Other artists work in clay, or metal, or mosaic, David Spain works in moss.

My hat goes off to David and Marsha for another excellent collaboration for a unique design, ready to be the centerpiece for any occasion.

For next week, we will be bringing you the ultimate in a David Spain design, as we reveal a new moss garden, that you will be able to purchase (available October 1, 2011) for use either indoors or out, from the desk to deck, in any area of the country, as long as you provide shade.


Words: Helen  Yoest

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

Words: Helen  Yoest


3 thoughts on “Hats off to moss

  1. Indie

    I’m very excited to see the new moss garden (and hoping it will be in my budget!) All of the stunning photography is so inspirational – it makes me long for a little patch of moss of my own to dip a toe into..

  2. David Spain

    Barefoot and moss gardens are a match made in heaven! Thank you for complimenting our photography, our own Ken Gergle is the resident photo pro!

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