Mountain Moss Enterprises and Mossin’ Annie
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, USA, Mountain Moss Enterprises provides innovative landscaping alternatives using mosses. Dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of moss, Mountain Moss is determined:
- To design and create public and private gardens utilizing moss as the key feature in sustainable landscapes.
- To provide quality moss products by rescuing and cultivating appropriate bryophytes for a full range of landscape applications.
- To advocate the advantages of mosses through educational outreach and media exposure.
Mossin’ Annie has been fascinated with moss since childhood. Over the years, she has created many terraria and dish gardens for family and friends. In 2000, she started her own moss garden at her home in Pisgah Forest, NC in the “Land of Waterfalls.” Her obsession with mosses reached 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!
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 masters 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 at Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC; workshops at the Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, NC; and numerous seminars sponsored by NC Department of Agriculture and Blue Ridge Innovation Network.
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 and systematic study of mosses. 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 certified by the State of North Carolina as a nursery (License/Certification #6440) and possesses a Collected Plant License for legitimate harvesting of native mosses (License/Certification #5291).
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, and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. We practice the concept… Pay it forward.
HIGHLIGHTS of Accomplishments
Furman University, David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
Greenville, SC, July 2010
Silvermont Moss Circle
Community moss rescue culminating in educational demonstration moss garden
Transylvania County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Brevard, NC, Summer 2010
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
at home of John Cram and Matt Chambers.
Co-sponsored by Mountain Moss and NC Native Plant Society
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
Session speaker on moss gardening
Recipient of ABLS travel scholarship
Snowbird, Utah, July 2009
Best of Show, NC Mountain State Fair
MGV Flower/Plant Competition
Asheville, NC, Sept 2008