Faithful readers of Moss and Stone Gardens know that moss can be both settling and exciting. In a sense, moss can be both yin and yang. In either case, the energy is soothing.
We find ourselves to be evangelical about moss, and when we were asked back to create a display garden at the North Carolina State Fair, we felt it was our privilege and duty. Teaching people about moss, in the Carolinas in particular, is important to us.
Teaching others about moss is our passion. ~David Spain @Moss_Rocks Click to Tweet!
This year we decided to “Go Wild!” with our North Carolina State Fair demonstration exhibition. We wanted something to thrill the young-uns’ and to also connect with the inner-child in us all. Our goal was to educate about moss and how it can soothe the savage beast in us all.
Our “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” themed garden is doing just that, and we hope you can make it out to the NC State Fairgrounds this week to see this moss beast in person! The fair continues through Sunday, October 26, 2014.
When we first were asked to participate at the star fair in 2009, there was nary a sign of living moss at the flower show and gardens. Each year, as we returned, there was less head scratchin’ and more mmm-hmmm’s! Moss it seems takes patience, not only to grow in our gardens but to spread throughout the gardening community’s consciousness. There are no less than 7 different gardens and competitions this year featuring mosses as a prominent and living plant in their design. Not to mention the fairy gardens and terrariums that were also using live moss. This is the best news of all for us, seeing the acceptance and use of moss as a living part of our landscapes and not just a soil ammendment!
There can potentially be some bad that comes with all this good, so before you give us a call to have your own circus animal or college mascot created in your garden, be aware that Lions versus Bears can take on a polarizing effect with your neighbors! We try to stay neutral (go Wolfpack!) and don’t want to create a stir, so give it some thought then give us a call.