Mossin' Annie's New Mossery 0Mountain Moss has a new Mossery which is located in a shady grove of mature pine trees in Brevard, NC. The expanse of green appeal is moss-some! If you live nearby, we invite you to come to MOSS-apalooza – The Grand Opening of my Mossery and Book Release Party on Saturday, September 5th from 2 – 5 pm. You can stroll along paths or sit a spell to soak in all the beauty. At 2:30, expect a bit of speechifying about my book, The Magical World of Moss Gardening, and of course, I'll be happy to sign your book. You might find moss fairies flitting around this green oasis. If you are a moss DIYer, this is your opportunity to buy some cool mosses for your projects. In 2015, we’ve tackled the enormous task of moving our Mossery and all of our moss cultivation operations to a convenient location near downtown. After clearing tons of English ivy in preparation (a challenging and laborious task captured on YouTube video), we have about 5000 sq ft of shade and sun moss species in production – container trays for DIY projects, moss mats that roll out like emerald carpets. It’s a beautiful setting for a Mossery and only a couple of miles from home. My moss assistants and I get to enjoy cardinals, robins, doves, and even a crow (that we’ve named Royce) flitting all around and serenading us while we work. We can get into the swing of daily production duties to the beat of an incredible drummer, Jeff Sipe, whose studio is nearby. To our delight, we have three white squirrels and their gray brothers and sisters frolicking around. Occasionally, an Eastern box turtle wanders through. Sounds enchanting? Well, these pesky critters and birds create challenges for our cultivation efforts. We’ve resorted to using greenhouse-type shade screens over trays and mats to avoid devoting time to incessant repairs. The realities of being a moss farmer… Have you been craving mosses for your home or business? Maybe it’s time to expand your moss footprint in your landscape. Autumn and even winter are ideal seasons to plant mosses. Transform your grass lawn into a moss carpet or create a small moss focal feature with live mosses available at our new Mossery or through our online Moss Shop. Shipped live and fresh, home gardeners and landscapers can select from a variety of mosses including familiar choices as well as exclusive specialty species. We will continue to schedule special appointments for interested moss shoppers. In the near future, Mountain Moss will offer designated moss shopping days as well as a series of hands-on moss gardening classes/workshops at our new Mossery. I’ll keep you posted with details in the next newsletter. In the meantime, please realize that the Mossery is a production facility and therefore, it is NOT open to the general public on a regular basis. Thanks to Jeffrey Fletcher, innovative photographer, and his daughter, for being our very first “by appointment only” customers (http://jeffreymfletcher.com). We’ve had some other distinguished visitors as well – Dr. Larry Mellichamp from Charlotte, NC (author, Native Plants of the Southeast, Timber Press, 2014); a group of student researchers from South Korea funded by LG Global Challenge; and J. Paul Moore, aka “Moss Man” and superb photographer from Nashville, TN (jpaulmoorephoto.com).
For a Mossery appointment or to rsvp for MOSS-apalooza and obtain directions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Timber to publish new moss gardening book 0
Needless to say, I am quite honored and excited to partner with this respected publisher. To share my passion and expertise with others has been a personal and professional goal. My book will answer key questions about “how-to” become a successful moss gardener. This 250 pp book will be loaded with pertinent info and enhanced by at least 200 impressive photographs. I hope my casual writing style will appeal to a wide audience (but I'll still be using some scientific terms for accuracy and clarification). Of course, lots of work lies ahead. Writing and print production will take well over a year. The editor has told me that the title will change several times before printing. So, expect my moss gardening book (by whatever title) to reach your local bookstore in 2015.
For those of you who know me personally, you'll realize this is a giant leap in my moss journey. I've paid my dues by researching topics and systematically conducting field experiments related to effective cultivation methods with various bryophytes, substrates, maintenance requirements and recommended watering regimes. I'm ready to share techniques so others can experience the joys of moss gardening. It's been a long trek but all my mossin' activities feed my spirit. Thanks to all my friends and supporters who have encouraged me to follow my mossy dreams!
Go Green With Mosses!
PS Keep following our blog. We'll be reaching out to other gardeners to share their own moss gardening experiences and publication-quality photographs for possible inclusion in my book.
Open House - August 31, 2013 0
To celebrate our book deal with Timber Press, we are inviting the public to visit our demonstration moss garden in the morning from 9 am to 12 noon (located at my home in Pisgah Forest, NC) and our Mossery where we cultivate mosses for sale in the afternoon from 2 pm until 5 pm (near Penrose, NC). So, come to Mountain Moss' garden in the morning for inspiration and then visit our Mossery in the afternoon to shop for mosses so you can make your own moss magic happen. During the break, out-of-town visitors are encouraged to enjoy lunch at one of Brevard's great restaurants.
Started over 15 years ago, Mossin' Annie's Moss Garden, boasts between 40-50 species of bryophytes including mosses, liverworts and even a hornwort. By eliminating the grass lawn and replacing the entire yard with mosses, it exemplifies the beauty you can achieve when intentionally featuring mosses. It's obvious that mosses are my preferred horticultural choice. You'll enjoy the various textures and shades of green (and yellow) illustrating transitions due to reproduction and different sun exposures.
At our Mossery, we have over 3000 sq ft in production including moss trays (1.25 sq ft each) and pre-vegetated moss mats starting at 6x6 ft (36 sq ft) and larger. Shade and sun mosses will be available for sale. Check out our huge Polytrichum colonies -- sun tolerant and a preferred choice for erosion control issues. During this Open House, we'll offer a 10% discount off all moss trays, moss mats and moss art logs. Cash or check only. No credit card option will be available at Mossery.
IMPORTANT: This is a rare occasion since normally our production Mossery and demo moss garden are not open to the public unless special arrangements are made for a private appointment. Parking will be limited in both locations. Better bring mosquito repellent for touring the Mossery. Also, wear flat shoes to walk around at your own risk. Please be careful of irrigation hoses and other hazards.
FYI NOTE: Moss Garden open in MORNING only. Mossery open in AFTERNOON only. Enjoy the small-town charm of Brevard during your lunch break. Please support our local restaurants and shops.
Use Google Maps to obtain specific directions to locations:
Mossin' Annie's Demo Moss Garden, 40 Holly Ridge Road, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Mountain Moss' Mossery (moss nursery), 1740 Talley Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739 (or maybe Penrose, NC 28766)
(Actually located near Penrose Quarry between Brevard and Hendersonville)
If you want to come, RSVPs would be appreciated for planning purposes to my email: email@example.com. If you really need to contact me, my number is 828-577-1321. Please limit calls to directions. We cannot answer all general information questions in advance.
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Fall 2013 Short Courses 0
Want to learn more about mosses from an expert? Wishing that you could identify mosses growing in your own yard or when you're hiking in the forest? Wondering which mosses can be featured in your garden? Mountain Moss is offering two classes in Fall 2013 through Brevard College's community education program – Creekside. Mossin' in the Woods will be held Sept 19 & 20. Moss Gardening class is scheduled for October 10 & 11. These classes will be open to the public. If you want to attend, please register through Brevard College located in Brevard, NC:
Web site: www.brevard.edu/creekside
September 19 & 20, 2013, Thursday & Friday, 1-4 pm
Mossin' in the Woods
Botanists and moss lovers will marvel at mosses as the class takes a hike in the woods to learn about
WNCs oldest plants – bryophytes. Over 450 million years old, this region boasts over 450 types of
bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, hornworts). The first session meets at Brevard College for classroom
preparation with PowerPoint lecture and impressive photographs accompanied with moss specimens
to examine up close. Second session will be held in the field at Holmes Educational State Forest. As you stroll along with Mossin' Annie, common mosses that can be recognized with the naked eye will be highlighted. Pleurocarpus and acrocarpus types of mosses will be identified with emphasis on the differences of mosses when wet vs. dry as well as distinctions during reproductive stages. Participants will begin their own herbarium collection of moss specimens. A close-up lens or loupe is suggested.
Course registration fee for Brevard College: $65.
Supplies Fee to be paid to instructor during first session: $35.
October 10 & 11, 2013, Thursday & Friday, 1-4 pm
Magical, Marvelous Mosses: Green Solutions for Today's Gardeners
Explore the fascinating world of our native mosses and discover how these eco-friendly plants make
great horticultural choices for today's gardeners. Transylvania's moss expert, Annie Martin aka Mossin'
Annie, will share key information on how to assess your microclimate and to choose the right mosses
for the right place. First session conducted in classroom with PowerPoint program featuring moss
gardens and an introduction to moss gardening methods. Second session will be an on-site visit to
Mountain Moss' demonstration garden featuring 50 different species of bryophytes where you'll learn
how to create moss focal features and moss lawns. Each participant will have an opportunity to create
their own moss dish garden to keep. Containers, selection of live mosses, decorative rocks, lichens and
native plants provided to Creekside students.
Course registration fee for Brevard College: $65.
Supplies Fee to be paid to instructor during first session: $35.
To register for these Fall 2013 Creekside classes through Brevard College: www.brevard.edu/creekside
NOTE: Most of our educational programs are scheduled well in advance by garden clubs, Master Gardeners and environmental groups. Occasionally, Go Green With Moss lectures, workshops and hikes are held at botanical gardens or other public venues. To schedule a program for your group, please contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Schedule your upcoming events soon since lecture fees will most likely increase after my moss gardening book is published in 2015.
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