Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Travel -Very Important Mosses

Now that Winter is here, I thought it might be a good time to reflect on the influence of travel on ones ideas and attitudes to gardens.
Although I wouldn't even attempt to build a Japanese Garden, I am always inspired by them and try to incorporate many of the details in my own. This picture was taken in Kyoto at the Ginkaku-ji Temple, it shows a display of the mosses used in the design and layout of the temple gardens. Each one was carefully labeled and arranged under a sign that said "Very Important Mosses".


Phil said...

Fascinating - have you seen the Moss Grower's Handbook published by the British Bryological Society downloadable from

Barry Parker said...

Hi Phil,

Thanks for that, I will check it out.
Do you know George Schenk's book 'Moss Gardening"?
It's very inspiring and includes Lichens and Liverworts.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Barry, I completely agree that to try and create a Japanese garden outside of Japan is foolhardy in the extreme. But, as you say, there are so many elements that can be 'borrowed' which can really work. I love the idea that Mosses can not only be 'very special' but are also worth such careful scrutiny!

Barry Parker said...

Dear Edith,
Japan continues to be a mine of inspiration for me. In fact, I think it would be for anyone involved in the Arts or Design.