Mountain Moss Enterprises and Mossin’ Annie


Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Pisgah Forest, NC, Mountain Moss Enterprises provides innovative landscaping alternatives featuring environmentally friendly mosses. Our sustainable moss-scapes offer beauty balanced with function. Through our rescue efforts, cultivation research at our Mossery, online Moss Shop sales, creative garden designs and educational outreach, we advocate the joys of moss gardening. Ethical principles and quality standards are maintained throughout all aspects of our operations, services and products. We are committed to increasing an awareness of the advantages of moss as a preferred horticultural choice. Our mission:

  • To design and create public and private gardens featuring mosses for their beauty, environmental solutions and vehicle for our spiritual connection to nature.
  • To maintain superior standards of quality in all our business operations.
  • To advocate responsible land stewardship principles emphasizing the value of natural resources.
  • To promote the advantages of mosses through educational outreach, media exposure and social media connections.

Mountain Moss Enterprises is breaking new ground as a leader in the moss industry by conducting research on effective methodologies for propagating specific moss species — for instance, those that tolerate sun and grow faster. Mountain Moss has initiated the study of optimum growth methodologies, beneficial watering regimes and preferred production substrates. As a recipient of a Western North Carolina Agricultural Options grant in 2010 (NC Tobacco Trust Fund), Mountain Moss examined various growth habits of selecte bryophytes. We continue to research aspects of specific mosses.

We adhere to all USDA and US Forest Service regulations regarding the acquisition and distribution of moss plants. Mountain Moss Enterprises is certified by the State of North Carolina to sell live moss plants through its nursery operations (NCDA License/Certification #6440). In addition, Mountain Moss Enterprises possesses a Collected Plant License for legitimate harvesting of native mosses from approved locations. (NCDA License/Certification #5291).

Mossin’ Annie — Destined to be a Mosser!

Annie Martin is the owner and recognized moss expert. Known to most folks as Mossin’ Annie, she has been fascinated with moss since childhood and now realizes that she was born to me a moss artist. Her obsession with mosses expanded into new horizons in 2008 when Annie Martin started her own mossin’ business – Mountain Moss Enterprises. Her moss passion has now become her profession. She is personally committed to rescuing mosses from destruction, creating moss gardens, conducting research on moss cultivation, and encouraging others to embrace the joys of mosses! With an intuitive blend of artistic approaches and effective horticultural methods…

Mossin’ Annie makes magic with mosses!

Wearing many hats — moss farmer, rescuer, landscape designer, consultant, educator and author — Mossin’ Annie is recognized as a national expert and innovative moss landscape artist. Her knowledge is based upon years of cultivation research and practical moss gardening experience gained from residential, commercial and community garden installations. Projects have included moss features, lawns, green roofs and living moss walls.

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Annie Martin has enjoyed an interesting career in media production, photography, graphic design and print publication. Her media career path has included positions with the Blue Ridge Parkway, WLOS-TV (ABC affiliate), Emory University and Brevard College. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (B.A., 1976) as an undergraduate and she obtained her master’s degree in media production from Appalachian State University (M.A., 1982) in Boone, NC. Recent continuing education has been focused on attaining knowledge about bryophytes, horticultural methods and business entrepreneurship including courses, workshops and seminars.

For many years, her avocation has been the study of bryophytes (mosses). She continues to expand her knowledge in the field of bryology with her practical moss gardening experience, field observations, systematic study of mosses and connections throughout the gardening world.  Annie is a member of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, International Association of Brylogists, American Horticultural Society, NC Nursery and Landscapers Association, NC Native Plant Society and other professional/community organizations including the Transylvania Women’s Business Exchange and the Transylvania Master Gardener Volunteers.

Mountain Moss Enterprises is actively involved in community activities and promoting green approaches to life.  Mossin’ Annie supports her community by providing moss-as-art creations for fundraising efforts of regional organizations including the Transylvania Community Arts Council, Brevard Music Center, Transylvania Volunteers in Medicine, American Red Cross, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. We practice the concept… Pay it forward.

A Few of Mossin Annie’s Accomplishments

The Magical World of Moss Gardening by Annie Martin
Dreams do come true. We are thrilled that Timber Press will be releasing Mossin’ Annie’s book in August 2015. It is an honor to be associated with this prestigious international publisher. Martin’s inspiring guide covers the essentials for creating an extraordinary moss garden. With profiles of the best mosses for your garden and tips on planting and care, creating a woodland oasis has never been easier or more tempting. Loaded with impressive photographs and easy-to-understand guidelines, this book will be a welcome addition to your garden library. To our loyal friends and supporters, if you buy this book from our online Moss Shop, you can get an autographed copy and help us recoup costs of being a hermit while writing.

Mossin’ Annie Launches YouTube Channel!
Mossin’ Annie’s Moss Moments — November 2014
Born a mosser with the gift to gab, YouTube is one of the ways that Mossin’ Annie shares her expertise. Bugged by all the misinformation on the Internet about moss, it was inevitable that she step in front of the camera and TALK MOSS. Entertaining and informative, we hope our moss videos will help us reach a larger audience of moss lovers around the world. Mossin Annie on Youtube.

Creation of MEGA MOSS GARDEN for Ben Carter, Madison, GA, February 2014
Mountain Moss has created a series of moss gardens at a private residence in Madison, GA transforming a privet thicket in early January into a serene moss retreat by mid-February. Total square footage exceeds 2500 sq ft of green moss appeal. Installed in between winter snow storms in freezing temperatures, these moss gardens have endured a hot Georgia summer with desired success. It is quite possible that this is the most extensive and instantaneous moss garden ever attempted in modern times. Check out our YouTube video that highlights the making of this moss haven throughout the entire year.

Camp Merrie Woode, Sapphire, NC, May 2013
Summer camp is a place to connect with nature. At Camp Merrie Woode, Mountain Moss installed a moss garden at the base of a waterfall beside a mountain lake. The ideal location sets the stage for young girls to learn about mosses as part of their camp experience. Each year, Mossin’ Annie introduces the joys of mosses to campers as part of our educational outreach services. Check out our blog on this Camp Merrie Woode project.

Leila Barnes Cheatham Learning Moss Garden, Highlands, NC, January 2012
This learning moss garden is located at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC. Interpretive signage and ID labels with scientific names afford visitors an opportunity to learn about bryophytes.

NC Arboretum Green Roof, Asheville, NC July 2011
As this demonstration moss green roof exemplifies, mosses can be featured even in direct sun. Benefitting from recycled rain water, this moss roof has lived through weather extremes – high winds, intense sun, heavy thunderstorms and snowfall. Occasional weeding has been the main task.

VERVE magazine and Advantage West Biz Plan contest. 2nd Place Winner 2011
From June 2011 issue of VERVE magazine. Article by Jess McCuan. “If all plants had an advocate like Annie Martin, the world would definitely be a greener place. Martin, an Asheville native who’s had many professional lives—including a stint as a TV producer for WLOS—couldn’t be more enthused about moss. In 2008, Martin started up Mountain Moss Enterprises—which she runs from her home in Pisgah Forest. She does a good bit of public education and outreach about the uses of moss, talking to garden clubs, landscapers and students. Last year, she installed a 350-square-foot moss garden on the grounds of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Last month, she helped a class at the Rainbow Mountain Children’s School in Asheville install a moss garden in an outdoor playground.”

Creation of First Moss Garden at Major Academic Institution in America
Furman University, Greenville, SC, July 2010
With nearly 350 sq ft and 10 species featured, this moss oasis was designed and installed at Furman University near the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. Walkers and runners that pass by this garden have enjoyed the transformation from pine needles to green mosses.

Silvermont Moss Circle, Silvermont Park, Brevard, NC, Summer 2010
Community project involving moss rescue culminating in the creation of an educational demonstration moss garden (160 sq ft) with the Transylvania County Master Gardeners.

HandMade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture and Design Expo
“The Green Carpet: Bringing Spirit into the Landscape.”
The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC, June 2010

Meandering Through Moss: 2010 Kenilworth Moss Garden Tour
Co-sponsored by Mountain Moss and NC Native Plant Society
Home of John Cram and Matt Chambers, Asheville, NC, May 2010

WNC Agricultural Options Grant
Mountain Moss Nursery: Green Alternatives for WNC Farmers, Pisgah Forest, NC, February 2010

National Botany and Mycology Conference, Snowbird, Utah, July 2009
Session speaker; Recipient, ABLS travel scholarship

Best of Show, NC Mountain State Fair
Master Gardener Flower/Plant Competition, Asheville, NC, Sept 2008

19 Responses to “About Us”

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    Fred rosenberg

    When you asked to come take the moss off the roof of my abandoned farmhouse I didn’t think you’d be so rude as to leave your trash behind, big gulp soda cup and and empty pack of salems, thrown on the ground. The house is a teardown I know mbut leaving trash behind is pretty low rent

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    Colleen Finegan

    Totally loved your presentation at UNCA last Saturday! You are a great presenter/teacher! I know-I just completed 50 years of teaching and training teaching!

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    Phil Donofrio


    My wife and I moved to the Hendersonville mountains from chicago three years ago. We have a lot of natural moss on our property and I would like to create a more formal moss garden with more varieties. We are probably within 15 minutes of you. Would love to meet to pick your brain and see your garden.

    Thx Phil

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    Dear Mossin Annie,

    I am a Horticulture Professional with almost 40 years experience in the field. I would love to meet with you to learn how to better incorporate mosses into the Landscape Design/Build/Maintenance projects that I am involved with on a daily basis. Many of my clients have spaces around their properties that appear to have a natural tendency to growing mosses, as well as many undesirables from time to time. I look forward to your response.

    Yours truly,
    James M. Duttlinger
    Landscape Architect

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    Delona Sewell

    Hello I have pulled moss and ginseng many years and am looking for buyers and am willing to do this all year long. I’m very well with finding carpets of moss and would like to be in the business. I know these mountains very well because I’m also a loving fisherman( woman). I have my own crew to do this, would love to hear back so maybe could work together and both enjoy what we love to do. I’m not scared to get dirty and think we could be assets to each other.

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    Hey Ellen, I offer site consultations to assess microclimate conditions and best mosses for target planting locations. Also, we have a selection of appropriate mosses at our Mossery in Brevard. There are quite a few species that are ideal for moss and stone patios in the sun —
    Entodon, Atrichum a., Polytrichum, Hedwigia, Climacium. Contact me via email to schedule personalized services:

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    Ellen Hughes

    We live in Cashiers NC.
    Our patio receives full afternoon sun, and is made up of large flat rocks, with approx. 4″ of grass in between. The grass cannot handle the sun and warm afternoons.
    Is there a moss that we could use instead of the grass, the would withstand the sun and warmth?

    Thanks for your advice.
    Ellen Hughes

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    Tony Payne

    Read your articleinOur State magazine. I’m a bonsai person and usemoses on top of the bonsai soil. I’m interested inalow growing, very green moss that con survive in sunlight all day. I do irrigate the plants twice a day in the spring, summwe and fall. The plants are buried in the ground soil in ther winter with the soil covering the roots of the plants. I have found that the mosses I have do survive the winter burial and look great during the lother seasons. I too have a masters degree from ASU in biology. pleaase send me information on lyour offerings and prices. Thanks Tony Payne Roanoke Va at 3442 West Ridge Road 24014.

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    To ALL our moss followers — If you’d like to learn more about Mountain Moss, check out this article published in July 2013 issue of Our State magazine (North Carolina): http:/
    Mossin’ Annie

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    From one Moss Lady to Another —
    Hey Gea,
    It’s so good to hear from a fellow moss lover. I know you are excited to nurture your existing mosses during this wet summer into your own moss garden. Look around your perimeter areas for more mosses to add into your feature. Weeding doesn’t have to be a chore. It is an honor in Japan to weed the grand moss gardens. I actually enjoy the intimacy and connection to the intricate world of mosses while weeding. Being quiet in your moss garden, tending to this chore can actually fuel your spirit. However, it is meticulous to pick out some of tiny weeds that you never even knew existed. First, I don’t wear gloves. I need to be able to feel the weed’s minute roots and distinguish between rhizoids of mosses. Second, I weed while the ground is wet so they’ll pull out easier. I use one hand with fingers in a “V” around the weed while the other hand wriggles and nudges out the weed. I’ve even become ambidextrous. I sit directly on the mosses rather than kneeling since my knees are knobby. I reach in all directions for my circle perimeter before I move to a new location. I stretch my body this way and that — even in a prone position to reach further. If mosses are thriving and colonies have achieved loft, you can “stretch” sideways growing mosses (pleurocarps) back into any vacant hole caused by removing the weed. If any moss is attached to the weed root, I gently slide it off to save for use in fragmentation planting. If weeds are big with lots of roots, use force but still be gentle trying to pull out all portions of weeds. If it’s clover, make sure to get out all of the hidden horizontal connecting roots.

    Without knowing your sun exposure or the effect you wish to achieve, I’ll just recommend my favorite moss — Climacium — which can grow in shade or sun. The colonies look like miniature forests of trees. The have an impressive stature of 2.5 inches tall with a top leaf arrangement about the size of a silver dollar when mature. The larger presence of the individual moss plants is enhanced by the range of colors throughout different growth or reproductive phases.

    New growth will be intense, brilliant green; normal mid-growth stage exhibits a spectrum of medium green and olive green; old growth is dull brown (while dead-looking, these plants will have evidence of new green growth appear within several weeks); and if growing in direct sun (and getting plenty of moisture), Climacium can be a solar yellow. What’s really cool is that these color phases and growth stages can be happening all at the same time in the same colony AND of course, the fact that this appeal continues through all the seasons, even in the winter. When in sporophytic stage, the spore structures grow in a group from the tip-top of the moss plant itself with hombre colors of brilliant red, green, gold and bronze.

    Climacium solves issues of erosion, stormwater run-off and water pooling. It has sideways rhizoids that hold into the soil very effectively with upright growth able to stand above rushing water. When planting, as always, WATER and WALK on your mosses to help them get established. With Climacium, you’ll add another step, FLUFFING moss plants with your hands in a light, shifting motion.

    Please place your order for Climacium through our online Moss Shop. We have a considerable amount growing at our Mossery in the mountains of WNC. It is an exceptional moss that I feel sure you would enjoy.

    Go Green With Moss!
    Mossin’ Annnie

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    Gea Skeens

    Dear Annie,
    Wow, this is a wonderful find. Just this year, probably due to all of the rain, I discovered that there was lots of moss in my yard. I too have always loved moss, all kinds, and from childhood have delighted in the moss that I discoverd in the forests. I have been pulling the weeds and grass out of my moss and actually have about an 8 x 8 foot patch of just moss. I try to be very careful , but pulling up the grasses and such seems to damage the moss sometimes. There is much more to pull and it has become part of my spiritual practice, so after I do my yoga preactice, I go tend to the moss. I would like to purchase some additional moss and would appreciate any quidance that you may offer. For the most part, I am so delighted to learn that there is a Moss Lady.
    Blessing of peace and joy to you, and to those you love, and to those they love.

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    Hey Alison,
    Please contact Mountain Moss as you plan future designs. Our Mossery has an exclusive selection of mosses that offer a range of textures and shades of green. We can provide advice on the best bryophytes for the project and provide guidelines for a successful design and installation. The earlier we are involved, the better chance to troubleshoot and avoid any issues. Also, planning in advance provides the option of pre-vegetated mats custom-cultivated to suit project needs — providing ease of installation with instant green gratification… no waiting for mosses to grow in. They will arrive with 100% full coverage. As your moss consultant or landscape subcontractor, Mountain Moss can provide valuable expertise by supervising the installation and monitoring the project over time to ensure long-term success. We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of unique moss landscapes with you. Go Green With Moss! Mossin’ Annie

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    Hey Dan,
    Sorry for the delayed response. I just found your question about my Mossery. You’ve probably left the mountains by now. While my Mossery is not open to the public, occasionally I’ll have an open house or for serious buyers, I’ll make a special appointment. Contact me prior to your next visit and we’ll make a plan: or 828-577-1321. Thanks for considering doing business with Mountain Moss. Mossin’ Annie

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    Dan Watt

    I am visiting in Black Mountain. Is your place nearby and open to visitors? I would like to see the various moss varieties for the uses I have at my home. (256-221-5490)

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    Thank you for your notice on the ASLA LinkedIn. I have indeed been looking for mosses for sites I was designing in the past and was unable to find any available. Will keep your site in mind.

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    Maria McCune

    New to the area. Do you know of any garden tours or moss hikes that I can plan ahead for in 2012?
    Thank you.

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    Hey Marian,
    Mountain Moss offers educational outreach programs to garden clubs and environmental enthusiasts that can be targeted for a variety of ages and interests. Through lectures, workshops and hikes, we promote the advantages of mosses in landscapes. Topics include: Bryophyte identification and botanical characteristics; environmental implications and solutions; moss gardening methods and more. Each program includes outstanding photography and pertinent information presented with a PowerPoint presentation. An exhibit of bryophyte specimens and moss-as-art creations enhances the hands-on experience and opportunity to take a closer look. In addition, workshops complement the program and give participants the chance to take home their own moss dish garden or live herbarium. As a moss gardening expert, I wish to share the joys and eco-friendly aspects of mosses with others. Costs associated with Go Green With Moss programs include: lecture honorarium; workshop supplies fees; and associated travel expenses.

    Mountain Moss is located in western North Carolina but we are willing to travel to other regional locations. Feedback from participants reflect their satisfaction and frequently I’ve been told it was their “best program of the year.” Fun and informative, Go Green With Moss programs have helped start thousands of folks start their moss journey in life.

    My daddy was from Romney, WVA and Culpeper echoes in my childhood memories. It would be my pleasure to speak to your garden club. Moss programs can be scheduled in winter months since mosses are thriving when other plants are dormant. Please contact me directly to schedule and confirm your desired date:

    We appreciate your interest. Thanks for contacting Mountain Moss.
    Go Green With Moss!
    Mossin’ Annie

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    Marian Batson

    Our garden club is interested in having a speaker on cultivating moss in the garden. I have been trying to find a speaker with not much success. Perhaps you are aware of someone in the Virginia area. Our club is located in Culpeper, VA, about 50 miles north of Charlottesville, just about central in the state.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Marian Batson
    Rixeyville, VA
    540 937 2318

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