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Opportunities for Moss, Ferns and their Cronies in Stony New

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm

New London County Extension Center, 562 New London Tpke Norwich, CT 06360

Moss gardening has been popular in Asia for thousands of years, but seems to be of little interest to most local gardeners. In addition, if you Google “moss” you will mostly find recommendations on the best ways to kill it. No wonder people often are confused or skeptical when Steve tells them he’s a moss gardener. To the untrained eye, moss certainly lacks the WOW-factor of many other plants found in local gardens, but with a redirected focus, a trip to miniature forest can be magical. Moss can be used as an element in almost any garden or landscape and is also well suited for containers, both inside and out. This lecture will focus on the practical aspects of moss gardening with how-to’s and don’t-do’s. Some time will be spent on lichen, ferns and other lower vascular plants that feel comfortable in moss-friendly environments. Opportunities for gardening on stone and other impervious surfaces will be presented. Moss myths will be debunked. On display will be several types of moss and examples of moss container gardens. Interestingly, the same types of containers can be used for full-sun succulent gardens. Handouts will be available on the construction and maintenance of moss gardens.


Paul Armond

College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (primary), Extension, UConn Master Calendar

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