ORDER Mossin' Annie's Book -- The Magical World of Moss Gardening 0I am so proud to announce that my book, The Magical World of Moss Gardening, will be officially released by Timber Press in August 2015. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about successful moss gardening methods and best species to incorporate in your designs, then you’ll find inspiration and guidance. Since book quantities are limited, please order your autographed books (soft bound version or hard cover) from our Web site NOW! Mountain Moss will begin shipping copies in just a few days and Mossin’ Annie will personally autograph your book. Mosses are a gardener’s dream. These emerald beauties thrive where nothing else grows, and they provide year-round interest in all climates. The variations in color, texture, shape, and even size will amaze you. In this inspiring guide, Annie Martin—Mossin’ Annie to her fans—covers the essentials for creating an extraordinary moss garden. With profiles of the best mosses to grow and expert advice on planting and care, you can create fascinating combinations and establish a verdant oasis to enjoy for years to come. The impressive photographs provide inspiration as you explore the green grandeur of moss gardens. The significance of unique botanical characteristics and how-to tips will help readers understand how to achieve moss gardening success. Mosses that have proven to be winners are highlighted in the identification section setting the stage for gardeners to follow the right place, right moss guidelines. Techniques for enhancing your landscape with mosses encompass planting, maintaining and troubleshooting. In addition to Mossin’ Annie’s expertise, insights from other moss gardeners across the country are included in feature profiles. Chapters include: Introduction – Moss Magic Green Grandeur – A Tour of Moss Gardens Bryophyte Basics – Botany and Natural History of Mosses Mosses for Gardeners – 25 Bryophytes to Know and Grow From Concept to Garden Plan – Designing with Mosses Planting and Propagation – Establishing Your Moss Garden Your Thriving Moss Garden – Maintenance and Troubleshooting While content covers a wide range of topics, you’ll find the tone to be informative yet imprinted with the passion of a dedicated mosser. The connection of my spirit to the world around us is woven throughout my book. The significance of responsible land stewardship and environmental benefits of mosses are stressed. Although scientific terminology is used, I’ve used my own voice and recounted stories that impart how moss gardening is magical for me. I’ll share the opening paragraph: “Every time I walk out my front door, my mosses greet me, triggering a smile in my heart. The magic of my garden engulfs my spirit, ant that internal smile instantaneously moves to my face. As I gaze at the dazzling mosaic of mosses in my garden, I feel immense joy and pride juxtaposed with calm. Throughout all the seasons, my mosses have a magnetic quality that engulfs me. Most often, I am catching a quick glimpse for an infusion of moss magic as I head into the world in my work as a moss landscape designer and moss farmer. What a divine way to start the day!” For all my friends and moss-some supporters -- Share in my joy when I first held my book. Here's the YouTube video on Mossin' Annie's YouTube channel -- The Unboxing and Unveiling of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxMPAybyUwM&feature=youtu.be Here’s the behind-the-scenes book scoop... If you order an autographed book through Mountain Moss’ Web site, then you will be showing your direct support for all the years that I’ve spent gaining this knowledge and time spent writing this book to share what I’ve learned with other gardeners. Otherwise, I’ll receive a very small royalty -- approximately $1 – if you buy elsewhere. It’s your decision to support Mossin’ Annie, your local bookstore or Amazon. Needless to say, I’ll greatly appreciate you buying from me. Buy one for yourself. Share with friends and family, too. You’ll be delighted to see that smile appear on the face of your loved one when they open up The Magical World of Moss Gardening as a treasured birthday gift or holiday present. NOTE: All book pre-orders need to be received no later than August 10th at 10 am so that you can be guaranteed an autographed copy in the very first shipment. Your book will be shipped around August 19th.
Magnificent Moss Garden Tour - May 16 0Have you ever had the pleasure of visiting an expansive moss garden? On Sunday, May 16, one of western North Carolina's finest gardens will be the focus of an extraordinary moss tour – Meandering through the Moss: 2010 Kenilworth Garden Tour at the Home of John Cram and Matt Chambers, Asheville, NC. http://mountainmoss.com/index.php?id=37 Experience the magical world of mosses, our indigenous bryophytes, as you meander through six spectacular acres in historic Kenilworth including 1.5 miles of verdant trails and a 3000 sq ft expansive moss lawn. Unique for this year's event will be informative guided tours, led by Mossin' Annie, providing insights into the botanical characteristics, environmental benefits and sustainable landscape solutions of WNC's bryophytes. This private garden was established over 50 years ago by Asheville landscape designer, Doan Ogden, who also designed the University of North Carolina-Asheville Botanical Gardens. It exemplifies the sustainability of mosses in the landscape as the green backdrop for many spectacular azaleas, rhododendrons and colorful flowers. The current owners have maintained the original integrity of their garden while enhancing it with incredible art sculptures by some of the nation's finest sculptors. Rain or shine, garden visitors are encouraged to bring a loupe or magnifying glass to take their own closer look. Flat shoes or bare feet are requested. Net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the educational programs of the NC Native Plant Society and Mountain Moss Enterprises. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its best in this serene, green retreat and discover how you can... Go Green With Moss! Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010 Garden hours: 9:30 am – 7 pm Tour Times: 10, 12, 2, 4, 6 Admission: $35 ticket (moss guided tour); $25 (garden only, self-guided tour) Space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online at: http://mountainmoss.com/index.php?id=37 [caption id="attachment_390" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Your Moss Garden Invitation"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_391" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Check out this giant copper ball scultpure."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_392" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Impressive Cone Sculptures"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_393" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Mossy trail"][/caption]
Welcome to Mountain Moss Enterprises' Blog! Join me in discovering the magic of mosses juxtaposed with the practical environmental benefits of mosses in sustainable landscapes. Whether you are a landscaper, green roof designer, urban planner, home gardener or just another moss lover like me, you'll find out how to choose the right moss for the right place for successful moss gardening applications.
I've been called a “true moss maven”, moss artist, and sometimes even a moss maniac... but, most people just call me Mossin' Annie. I started my own moss journey making my first moss terrarium when I was a little girl. I still enjoy the miniature world of mosses advocating the viability of mosses as a desirable horticultural choice. My innovative designs create year-round green delight in landscape installations by featuring the myriad of textures and shades of green of western North Carolina's indigenous bryophytes.
This blog will mainly address moss questions and answers. Beyond FAQs, I'll provide links to other informational sites, discuss related GREEN issues and provide insights into my moss world... always promoting an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration with other moss advocates. I invite you to participate in discussions and share your own mossy perspectives. Go Green With Moss!Please visit my Web site: http://www.mountainmoss.com for more info and a glimpse into my image gallery. Facebook folks, I invite you to join my Go Green With Moss group and to become a fan of Mountain Moss Enterprises.