Workshop in the Woods for Moss Enthusiasts
Hands-on observation provides an intimate knowledge of moss and how to grow it
This workshop is for:
- - Home gardeners
- - Moss enthusiasts
- - Students and Educators
- - Media and garden writers
- - Landscape Professionals
On Saturday, September 28th, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., spend a day in the woods with us observing mosses in their natural habitats. Join the staff of Moss Acres and special guest "Moss Guru" Rick Smith for an informative, fun, and visually soothing experience in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. A catered lunch by the highly acclaimed Settler's Inn is included. If you like to bike or trout fish, bring your gear.
For those interested, a "Farm Getaway" will follow on Sunday the 29th from 11 a.m - 4 p.m. at Old School Farm (on the same property) The learning and tours will focus on successful methods for small scale, bio-diverse organic farming with time also dedicated to hands on experience for how to build an earthen oven, and to baking wood-fired bread and pizza together. This is a separate event and has a $75 per person fee ($145 per couple, $195 for a family). A $25 discount to your moss workshop will be applied if you attend both events. register here
Hands-on activities throughout the day include:
- Re-hydrating dormant mosses to see how they respond to moisture and to understand the importance of water to mosses.
- Viewing the various reproductive structures and methods mosses use to grow and spread.
- Using a hand lens to see leaf and stem structure and understand the implications that small size imposes on mosses.
- Hiking to a picturesque waterfall and stream, observing companion plants, and learning about the common, historical, medicinal and commercial uses of moss.
- Viewing two moss green roofs to learn the benefits of green roofs and why moss is an ideal green roof vegetation.
- Designing and installing a moss garden using four types of shade-loving mosses. Watering the garden to learn the imperative that moisture plays immediately following transplanting.
Workshop participants will enjoy a catered lunch by the Settler's Inn in a shaded, mossy area.
All attendees will receive the most current version of the "Creating Landscapes with Moss" workshop guidebook, a small, moss sampler pack, a Moss Milkshake, and a copy of Rick Smith's book, New Methods in Moss Gardening. (in total a $65 value.)
Here are just a few of the many things the workshop will be covering:
- The moss plant (moss culture)
- Moss identification in various habitats
- Transplanting moss and inoculating moss onto substrates and aggregates
- Maintaining moss once established
- Environmental benefits of moss
- Sustainability of moss
Learning outcomes include the knowledge of basic moss botany, and an understanding of moisture, shade and substrate requirements and that these are of primary importance. Participants will also gain an understanding of how mosses reproduce and spread, and a knowledge of inoculation, fragmentation, and other propagation procedures. Participants will learn how to transplant mosses onto soil. As important, participants will leave knowing about the many environmental benefits of moss, and with a heightened awareness and understanding of sustainable practices of moss gathering and use.
Reserve your place in this unique program. Click here to make your reservation online using a credit card. Space is limited.
Price for students, educators and media: $145 (proof of profession with i.d. card day of seminar will generate a $50 check rebate). You will be charged $50.00 to hold your spot and the remaining $145.00 two weeks before the workshop.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel the workshop, the full course fee
will be refunded providing that cancellation is notified a minimum of 30
days before workshop date. Cancellations notified less than 30
days before course commencement will be eligible for a $72.00 refund. In
cases were no cancellation is notified and participant is not in
attendance at workshop, no refund will be available.
Catered lunch by Settler's Inn, copy of New Methods in Moss Gardening by Rick Smith, "Creating Landscapes with Moss" workshop guide, small moss sampler set (4 mosses), one carton of Moss Milkshake.
Date and time:
Saturday, September 28th, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine - come prepared)
303 Upper Woods Road, Honesdale, PA 18431 (For questions about
workshop prior to day of event, please call 866 GET MOSS)
Click here for directions.
Register here. This workshop will only be offered once this spring and space is limited.
Suggested lodging in Honesdale/Hawley area:
Settler's Inn, Hawley, PA
E Kellog B & B, Bethany, PA (closest to Moss Acres)
The James Manning House (closest to Moss Acres)
The Lodge at Woodloch
The Falls Port Inn and Restaurant
Other activities in the area
Moss Acres Staff and Instructors
IMPORTANT - CE credits for professionals:
For landscape professionals, designers, architects, green roof professionals and public and private garden and arboretum gardeners, horticulturalists and personnel. Professional continuing education credits (5 hours) are available.