The raw materials used in Nature Scene’s MossArt and Preserved Folia walls are a combination of preserved mosses, lichens, and plants. The lichen used are grown in Norway, while most other mosses come from Italy, France, and Spain. Our preserved plants are also sourced from a variety of European countries as well as parts of South America.
These natural materials are sourced exclusively from farms that have shown a strong commitment to sustainability & the environment, following strict ecological practices. Lichen takes 20 years to grow, therefore, Nature Scenes’ partnered farms will not harvest more than 5% of a field at any time. Once harvested, fields are left to repopulate for at least 20 years before revisited. Our preserved plants are also grown in controlled environments with the intention to be harvested for preservation. No plant harvesting is done in nature, which limits the process’s environmental impact.
Nature Scenes has an ISO certification for the sustainable harvesting practices of our Lichen in Norway, and we are working on achieving same ISO certification for our other mosses from other countries.
We love and respect nature, and would in no way participate in any business that harms our natural environment. Our goal is to promote the natural beauty of our planet. Our moss suppliers always leave the forest in well-cared-for condition. They ensure that moss has time to recuperate between picking periods.
How Is It Preserved?
The moss is preserved in an eco-friendly process that consists of replacing the water in the plant with glycerine. The moss is coloured afterwards with food based dye to give different vibrant colour options. Keep in mind that in order to have the plant as lush as it is when it is living, the air humidity in your space should be above 30% . The average air humidity is approximately 50% in a home or office.
Preserved moss is not to be confused with dried moss, which is dehydrated. Dried moss is crispy, will quickly turn brown and eventually disintegrate. We use preserved moss for the durability, amazing decorative options, and ability to retain color and texture without maintenance.
A Brief History Of Moss
Moss is one of the oldest plants on earth that scientists have found fossilized as far as 400 million years ago. The appreciation of moss is credited to Buddhist Priests. They began using moss in their garden designs over 1300 years ago! The most popular site is Saihoji Temple in Kyoto, affectionately named Koke-Dera which means Moss Temple.
Mosses are a phylum of non-vascular plants. They produce spores for reproduction instead of seeds and don’t grow flowers, wood or true roots. Instead of roots all species of moss have rhizoids. There are approximately 14,500 species of moss in the world which constitutes around 75% of all Bryophyte species.
Water And Moss
Mosses have spread all around the world and are found in wet environments such as rainforests, wetlands and alpine ecosystems. They are also common in urban areas with a wet climate and often establish on driveways, sidewalks, brick walls and other man-made structures. Mosses require water to reproduce which is why they struggle to survive in drier climates.
The combination of moss and water is one of the most beautiful in the natural world. Nature Scenes can create this stunning combo to make your design dreams come to life! We can offer waterfall or bubble column options by partnering with Triton Water Displays.