Growing moss inside—on purpose!



So. You got rid of your lawn—for whatever reason—but you miss the feel of grass under your toes? You can have a cool moss carpet inside! I’m already into growing things inside big time, so I was attracted to this, but just as well that I don’t think you can actually buy it—yet. Found via Neatorama, designer La Chanh Nguyen has created a bathroom carpet made of an imputrescible (never heard of this word, but I assume it means “non-rotting”) foam called plastazote, which “welcomes” little moss pieces that grow naturally in your bathroom humidity and all the water that drips from you.

It’s very pretty.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. The plastazote would provide a barrier. Though even I don’t have wood floors in my bathroom. I could actually have this, cause my bathroom is one of the sunniest places in the house and I have always regretted not having room for plants.

    But what I should do is throw out all my expensive though worthless hair product and put in a plant stand!

  2. For many years I grew an inside moss garden in a large covered glass dish. It was always interesting to watch the many wee bugs and worms that would hatch and crawl over the moss. They could not escaped their enclosed environment, thank goodness. This door mat project sounds great for a garden show exhibit but I prefer to leave the insect world where it belongs…outside.

  3. I love this, though the idea of wee beasties breeding in my bathroom isn’t terribly appealing. That said, they could keep the mice, ants and fruit flies company.

  4. I have a rather significant size moss garden outdoors; moss can’t take a lot of foot traffic on a regular basis. Standing on it when you get out of the tub would probably work though not walking across in in heels. I take long, steamy showers but I question whether that would really be enough moisture in the air for moss to thrive. And yes, it is a buggy, sluggy heaven outdoors, so ….

  5. That is just weird to me too.And messy,wipe your Feet on that and clean debris after use? I love my Moss outside,that’s were it’s going to stay.

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