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Moss Acres
59 Bates Road
Honesdale , Pennsylvania 18431
United States

Company Description: Moss Acres is owned and operated, by Al Benner, son of renowned horticulturist, retired professor and "moss guru", David Benner. Dave Benner began gardening with...   more
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  • horticulture
    Penn State University
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Moss Acres: About Us
www.mossacres.com, 28 Jan 2015 [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.
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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.
Oral Histories | Solebury Township Historical Society
soleburyhistory.org, 21 Feb 2015 [cached]
David Benner is a long-time member of STHS and resident tree expert. He is a botanist who taught at Delaware Valley College.
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BUCKS COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY HONEY HOLLOW ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
www.bcas.org, 18 Jan 2005 [cached]
David Benner
This lecture will show how to work with the environment and the importance of using native plants.You will learn about alternatives to grass lawns and ways to create a natural landscape with practically no maintenance.
All attendees receive a free copy of Gardening in the Shade by David Benner.
David Benner, professor emeritus at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, is a sought-after lecturer up and down the east coast for his pioneering expertise on shade gardening.
Doylestown Township's Official Website
www.doylestownpa.org, 15 July 2004 [cached]
Under the guidance of David Benner, Assistant Professor Emeritus at Delaware Valley College, participants will learn how to identify these trees by their form, bark, leaves and other features.Mr. Benner is a sought after lecturer, and he currently serves as a Botanical Consultant at Bowman's Wildflower Preserve and is the owner of Benner's Gardens.
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