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JGS North West Region – Virtual talk – Mosses and Japanese Gardens. Speaker: Dr Shaun Russell, Ex-Director Treborth Botanic Garden at Bangor University

February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Moss is an important element in Japanese and Japanese-style gardens, but can be difficult to encourage in a garden. Understanding the biology of moss would be helpful but while there are thousands of books on conventional garden plants, books on moss are hard to find. Step forward Dr Shaun Russell, who will give an illustrated talk introducing the biology and ecology of “Bryophytes”, spore-producing plants that include the mosses. Dr Russell will describe the place of moss in the plant kingdom and their role in nature. Mosses have a range of growth forms and can utilise a variety of substrates on which to grow. There will be a focus on the types of moss growing in Japanese and UK gardens, and we will find out about where and how to collect or buy material for cultivation. Importantly, we will learn how to care for moss once it is established in a garden.

There will be time for questions after the talk and a digital pdf copy of key points of the presentation will also be provided.

Snapshot:   Dr Shaun Russell has a PhD in the growth and ecology of mosses. An environmental scientist, he has worked on a range of significant conservation projects in Africa and Britain. Dr Russell has been working with mosses for 40 years over 7 continents. He also spent a sabbatical at the Hattori Botanical Laboratory in Kyushu, and conducted a study of the ‘Kokedera’ temple garden in Kyoto, Japan. In 2015 Dr Russell became Director of Treborth Botanic Garden at Bangor University. He formally retired from this position in January 2021 but is carrying on as a Board Member of ‘The Friends of Treborth Botanical Garden’.

We will donate the proceeds from this event to the Treborth Botanic Garden. To donate click on the link below which will take you to a dedicated PayPal page where you can also pay by Credit or Debit card. There is no set amount of donation but we would recommend £5 per household.



Please register in advance for ‘Mosses and Japanese Gardens’:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and link to use on the day.

Any queries please contact Erick Oswald at enquiries@jgs.org.uk


February 20
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


JGS North West Region