If the Bloedel Reserve's Japanese Garden failed to inspire you to be still, be calm and be quiet, then perhaps the moss garden will help you down shift and take a deep breath. The moss garden is like a well designed room. The thick moss is lush and comforting. The tree canopy above creates our personal space; a place in the woods where we are safe and where we can just be for a while.
Fallen trees left to decompose and replenish the forest give life to ferns and small shrubs. The moss garden is a perfect balance. The garden is lush without being distracting. It is like a room with a few key pieces of choice art; enough to give us a reason to pause and reflect without monopolizing our time and becoming a distraction.
And of course, the garden is super cool! When a garden has this much power, this ability to make us stand in awe, the next thing to come to the mind of any true gardener is, how can I create this in my own garden?
From Gardening and Gardens, read Beauty of Moss or Moss-imize by the WashingtonGardener and Toronto Gardens for some amazing photos of moss walls in Iceland.