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This profile was last updated on 12/22/15  and contains information from public web pages.


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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

Employment History


  • Horticulture
    Penn State University
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Moss Acres: About Us, 22 Dec 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.
Right: Al's Father, Dave Benner.
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
Oral Histories | Solebury Township Historical Society, 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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David Benner grew up in ..., 18 April 2006 [cached]
David Benner grew up in Ardmore, and attended lower Merion High School. He eventually went on to study Horticulture at Penn State University, and soon after Washington Crossing State Park. He worked here for ten years before becoming a professor of ornamental Horticulture at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa. Mr. Benner taught at DVC for 22 years, retiring in 1989.
Through the years he has become a sought-after lecturer who has spoken to various horticultural societies, arboretums and garden clubs up and down the east coast. Since retirement he has also been providing consultations for homeowners interested in naturalistic landscaping and shade gardening. He is also currently the Botanical Consultant for Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve.
The Benner property 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, Taylor's guide to Natural Gardening, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Booklet "The Natural Lawn", and most recently House and Garden magazine.
In 1962, David Benner was a pioneer in developing moss lawns to replace grass in shady areas. About 10 years later, after trying many deer repellents and other measures for deer control, he discovered a virtually invisible plastic deer fencing. This excellent fencing for deer control has become very popular due to its promotion and availability through Benner's Gardens Inc., founded in 1992 by Mr. Benner and his son Alan.
Moss Acres: Bio - Dave Benner, 8 Feb 2011 [cached]
Dave Benner Moss Acres: 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.
Moss Acres: #22, 22 Dec 2015 [cached]
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