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…
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