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This profile was last updated on 5/28/13  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Moss Acres: About Us
www.mossacres.com, 28 May 2013 [cached]
Dave Benner began gardening with moss in lieu of grass at his woodland garden in New Hope, Pennsylvania back in the early 60's. Since then he has converted his entire two woodland acres into a lush, cool green oasis by growing moss with wildflowers and evergreen groundcovers on a terraced hillside with meandering paths. This spectacular garden bursts into color in early May when the wildflowers peak, and remains a vibrant green the balance of the year due to the vast array of mosses and other evergreen groundcovers that are also growing on the hillside. The Benner garden has been featured in over twenty-five books and magazines through the years, and Dave still conducts tours of his woodland moss gardens in early May.
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Right: Al's Father, Dave Benner. alanbenner@gmail.com
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The first two weeks of May bring moss and shade gardening enthusiasts the world over to Dave Benner's hillside moss and wildflower garden near New Hope, in Bucks County, PA. Dave offers personally guided tours of his one of a kind garden at a cost of $10 per person. To schedule your tour date, contact Dave directly at bigdavebigsue@hotmail.com
Landscape Network | Landscape Design Ideas - Spotlight On Alternative Ground Covers...Moss
www.landscapenetwork.com, 21 Nov 2007 [cached]
David Benner and Al Benner, founders of Moss Acres.
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When my dad (retired Professor of Ornamental Horticulture and "moss guru" David Benner, co-founder of Moss Acres) established his first moss garden, it was because he decided to let nature take control."
A mix of fern moss and spring flowers provides an enchanting, almost storybook garden setting.
The making of Moss Acres
David Benner has been gardening with moss since the early 1960s, beginning with the wooded areas around his home in New Hope, PA, which since has become an incredible lush moss garden of much renown with no grass lawn for more than 40 years, "and it just keeps getting more beautiful," notes David proudly. "We've had over 7,000 visitors on personal guided hours over the past 30 years."
The two-acre Benner garden can be seen in a video called "Made in the Shade," which he hosts. The video and his booklet "Gardening with Moss" are both available through the company's website ( www.mossacres.com).
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Utilized in Japanese gardens for centuries these extraordinary plants have been sorely neglected in Europe and the U.S. until recent years, according to David Benner, who achieved his dream of a maintenance-free shade garden - and a whole new livelihood besides, with moss.
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"Moss guru" David Benner uses reusable mesh moss netting to protect newly transplanted moss from birds and small critters that like to dig. The netting, he says, can also be used as a ground cover "cover" in the fall, eliminating the need for raking.
Moss Acres: About Us
www.mossacres.com, 10 Oct 2004 [cached]
Dave Benner began gardening with moss in lieu of grass at his woodland garden in New Hope, Pennsylvania back in the early 60's.Since then he has converted his entire two woodland acres into a lush, cool green oasis by growing moss with wildflowers and evergreen groundcovers on a terraced hillside with meandering paths.This spectacular garden bursts into color in early May when the wildflowers peak, and remains a vibrant green the balance of the year due to the vast array of mosses and other evergreen groundcovers that are also growing on the hillside.The Benner garden has been featured in over twenty-five books and magazines through the years, and Dave still conducts tours of his woodland moss gardens in early May.
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Dave BennerTechnical Consultant
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
www.bhwp.org, 8 Mar 2012 [cached]
Dave Benner ADVISOR:
Moss Acres: Bio - Dave Benner
www.mossacres.com, 8 Feb 2011 [cached]
Dave Benner Moss Acres: Bio - Dave Benner
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Home > Moss Workshops > Bio - Dave Benner
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Dave Benner "Moss Guru" Retired Professor of Ornamental Horticulture
Dave Benner, known in Pennsylvania and environs as the Moss Guru, was an Ornamental Horticulture faculty member at Delaware Valley College for 22 years, before retiring in 1989.
He was a pioneer in developing moss lawns to replace turfgrass in shady areas, and remains a tireless advocate of moss as a maintenance-free landscape element. The Benner property, which has been cultivated for 40 years with nothing but moss and rare shade-loving perennials, has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, and books. Pictures of the unique moss lawns and native wildflowers have graced the pages of such publications as Architectural Digest, Country Gardens, American Nurseryman, and House and Garden magazine. Dave is currently the Botanical Consultant for Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve and a sought-after lecturer at various horticultural societies, arboreta, and garden clubs.
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