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Conferences, Lectures & Workshops -- Calendar of Events

MOSS GARDENING Events -- Conferences, Lectures & Workshops

Want year-round green appeal of mosses in your garden? Frustrated with that shady location where nothing else will grow?  Are you tired of mowing grass? Do you have problems with erosion control or rainwater run-off? Take a journey into the world of moss gardening to discover the magic and environmental benefits of featuring native mosses as an intentional horticultural alternative. Mossin' Annie enjoys sharing her expertise with other aspiring moss gardeners through lectures and workshops around the US. Some programs are offered FREE to the public while others are private events or conferences requiring registration.  Inspirational photographs, moss specimens for ID and essential how-to tips will help you get started on your own moss gardening projects. Programs are geared to the special interests of each group.

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS and LECTURES:

Looking for a dynamic and energetic garden speaker for your national/regional conferences, botanical garden lecture series, garden club meetings, educational institutions/schools/libraries or special interest/environmental groups? Schedule Annie Martin (aka Mossin’ Annie), owner of Mountain Moss Enterprises in Pisgah Forest, NC and nationally-recognized author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening (Timber Press 2015), as your conference keynote speaker, special session presenter, lecturer and/or coordinator of hands-on workshops that provide valuable insights on how to transform your garden or lawn into a serene retreat and eco-friendly landscape with verdant mosses. Lecture Honorarium: Refer to pricing page


MOSS DISH GARDEN WORKSHOPS:

Enhance your moss journey by creating your own miniature moss landscape at a special hands-on workshop on moss gardening. Annie Martin (aka Mossin’ Annie) will discuss the values of mosses in today’s landscapes while she demonstrates design principles and planting methods on a smaller scale in a container. An array of moss species, lichens, decorative anchor rocks, glimmering pebbles, soil and containers provided by Mountain Moss. Appropriate for all ages. Workshop typically offered in conjunction with lecture.

Workshop Honorarium: Refer to Rates. Participant’s Supply Fee: $20 per person. Limited number of spaces available – Minimum 10 participants, maximum 30. Pre-registration advised.

SCHEDULING YOUR EVENT:

Book your lecture/workshop well in advance to guarantee your desired date. Follow link for more details regarding honorarium rates, supplies fees, travel arrangements, and venue requirements. Contact Annie via email to schedule your lecture/workshop. For more info on rates, pricing found here.

 

NOW BOOKING 2022-2023 EVENTS -- Contact Mossin' Annie to Schedule

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NEXT EVENT -- September 29, 2022

Lecture and Workshop -- Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Etowah Public Library

101 Brickyard Road, Etowah, NC 28729

Open to the Public -- Registration Required -- Space Limited

For Registration Info, CALL: 828-891-6577

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Lecture -- ArdenWoods Retirement Village -- Thursday, January 13, 2022

Private -- Not open to the Public

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Lecture and Workshop -- Saturday, March 12, 2022

McDowell County Master Gardeners' "Good Earth Gardening Symposium"

Location: McDowell Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Road, Marion, NC 28752

Registration Information: https://go.ncsu.edu/gardeningsymposium2022 

Call to Register: 828-652-8104

Interested in learning about moss gardening? Live within driving distance of Marion, NC? Mossin’ Annie Martin, owner of Mountain Moss Enterprises, will be giving an in-person lecture and conducting a moss dish garden workshop on Saturday, March 12, 2022 as part of the “Good Earth Gardening Symposium.” Sponsored by the McDowell County Extension Master Gardeners, the all-day event includes other topics as well – “Natural Landscaping in Southern Appalachia” and “Tips for Epic Tomatoes.” Afternoon workshops -- Native Bees/Mason Bee House, Seed Germination and Raised Garden Beds. Pre-registration required. Cost: $30 per person (lunch included) plus $20 Moss Dish Garden Workshop fee. To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/good-earth-gardening-a-garden-symposium-tickets-228402797917  If you are a moss lover, I hope that y’all will join me. – Mossin’ Annie

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Lecture and Workshop -- Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Tuesday Garden Club

Location: Jonesborough, TN

Private Event -- Not Open to the Public

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most 2020 and   all 2021 events were cancelled. 

Lecture -- Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 1 pm

Introduction to DIY Moss Gardening by Mossin' Annie

Location: Mossery, 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard, NC 28712

Registration Fee: $20 per person

Registration Link

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Lecture -- Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 1 - 3 pm

Miniature Magic: Moss Dish Gardens with Mossin' Annie

Location: Fletcher Library, 120 Library Road, Fletcher, NC 28732

Registration Required -- FREE

Call Library to Register: 828-687-1218

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Lecture -- Saturday, February 15, 2020 -- 1 - 4 pm

Introduction to DIY Moss Gardening: Basics and Beyond

Location: Mossery, 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard, NC 28712

Registration Fee: $30 per person

Registration Link

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Lecture -- Thursday, February 20, 2020 -- 1 - 3 pm

Moss ID Workshop with Mossin' Annie

Location: Mossery, 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard, NC 28712

Registration Fee: $25 per person

Registration Link

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Monday and Tuesday, January 14 & 15, 2019

Home Gardener Day  "Rethinking the Modern Garden"

Sponsored by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation

The Founders Inn

641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

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Lecture, Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 1:45-2:45 pm

MOSS: Rethinking Today’s Garden for Year-round Green Appeal

Discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, hands-on moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener.

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Workshop, Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 4:15-5:45 pm

Miniature Magic: Moss Dish Gardens

Experience the joy of making your own miniature moss world to enjoy indoors. Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, provides an opportunity to create moss magic to enjoy for years to come. Participants will make their own moss dish garden featuring verdant green mosses, native plants, and decorative rocks. Additional Workshop Fee:  $20 per person.

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Landscaper’s Lecture, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am

MOSS: New Perspectives for Today’s Landscapes

Embracing the year-round green appeal and environmental advantages of moss offers new options for traditional landscaping and innovative new approaches to “greening” urban environments. Learn the benefits of eco-friendly mosses and how to incorporate these hardy, native plants in landscape designs – moss lawns, serene Zen retreats, living walls, green roofs, moss and stone patios and more.

Conference Registration Required. CEU’s approved for attending this conference session.

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Monday, February 4, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

Etowah Public Library

101 Brickyard Road, Etowah, NC 28729

Henderson County Public Libraries, Monday Workshop Series

Miniature Magic: Moss Dish Gardens

Experience the joy of making your own miniature moss world to enjoy indoors. Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, provides an opportunity to create moss magic to enjoy for years to come. Participants will make their own moss dish garden featuring verdant green mosses, native plants, and decorative rocks.

Open to the Public. FREE. Space limited. Register EARLY.

Full registration for this workshop. Waiting List. Look for another moss workshop opportunity in Fall 2019.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 @ 6 pm

Landrum Library

1402 Asbury Drive, Landrum, SC

Lecture Series sponsored by Conserving Carolina

MOSS: Year-round Green Appeal in Your Landscape

Discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, hands-on moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener.

Open to the Public. FREE. Come early to get a seat.

Standing room only, 89 people attended this evening lecture in Landrum!

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 6 pm

Columbus Library – Polk County Libraries, Thursday Lecture Series

1289 West Mills Street, Columbus, NC 28722

MOSS: Year-round Green Appeal in Your Landscape

Discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, hands-on moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener.

Open to the Public. FREE. Come early to get a seat.

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Georgia Native Plant Society Meeting 

Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

MOSS: Year-round Green Magic in your Native Plant Landscape

Discover the magic of mosses in today’s native plant landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, hands-on moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener.

Open to the Public. FREE.

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Friday, May 17, 2019 – All-day Workshop

Highlands Biological Station

Highlands, NC

Journey into the Magical World of Moss Gardening and discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener. Hands-on experiences will include making your own moss dish garden to take home. Special Opportunity: In-depth instructions will be provided as the class culminates in a group effort to plant a new section of  the HBS Learning Moss Garden.

Open to the Public. Workshop Fee: $120 per person. Space is limited. Register EARLY to reserve your place. Last year this workshop filled up quickly. Don’t miss your chance!

https://highlandsbiological.org/2019/02/07/2019-workshops/

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July 17-20, 2019 -- Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

Friday, July 19, 2019  -- Half-Day Field Trip/Workshop

Create Your Own Moss Garden with Mossin' Annie Martin

Year-round green appeal is just one of the advantages of gardening with mosses. Sporadic sporophytic displays of crimson, bronze and gold add special delights throughout the year. Besides beauty, bryophytes (mosses) offer eco-friendly alternatives to issues of erosion control, mitigation of storm water run-off, elimination of groundwater contamination, and sustainable approaches to landscaping. The “original” native plants, mosses date back 450 million years. Nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening, Annie Martin (aka Mossin’ Annie), leads participants on an informative and entertaining exploration of how shade and sun moss species can be featured as intentional horticultural choices in your native plant garden. A display of live mosses provides the opportunity to take a closer look at these fascinating miniature plants. This workshop is designed as an off-campus field trip to a residential landscape in Cashiers. Participants will visit a serene Zen moss garden, experience an impressive 700 sq ft moss labyrinth, and stroll along a meandering moss and stone path. This location is an ideal outdoor classroom to discuss landscape design considerations, various planting methods, selection of appropriate moss species, and maintenance activities.

Open to the public. Conference registration required. Space is limited. Register EARLY for Friday Field Trip – W3 Create Your Own Moss Garden with Mossin' Annie Martin

For more info: https://www.wcu.edu/engage/professional-enrichment/conferences-and-community-classes/the-cullowhee-native-plant-conference/workshops-walks-thursday-field-trips.aspx

Registration:  https://www.wcu.edu/engage/professional-enrichment/conferences-and-community-classes/the-cullowhee-native-plant-conference/conference-costs-and-lodging-packages.aspx

MORE EVENTS Coming! Dates still available for 2019 and 2020. It's not too late to book your own moss gardening event.

 

March 7, 2018

10 am Athens Garden Club – Oldest Garden Club in America, Private event.

Lecture/Workshop, Athens, GA

“The Magical World of Moss Gardening”

Moss Gardening lecture, featuring a PowerPoint program, emphasizes aesthetic and environmental advantages of eco-friendly, native mosses in landscapes; selected moss ID; botanical characteristics; and DIY moss gardening tips. Hands-on FUN making moss dish gardens is a bonus!

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To register: https://www.usbg.gov/events/2018/02/06/lecture-exploring-magical-world-moss-gardening

UPDATE: As of April 10, 2018, BOTH hands-on moss dish garden workshops are full.

Space still available for lecture on Friday night. FREE. Registration required though. Follow this link: https://reservations.usbg.gov/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=542018

May 4-5, 2018

6:30 pm    US Botanic Garden, Lecture, Washington, DC. Open to Public, FREE

10:30 am/2 pm US Botanic Garden, Hands-on Moss Dish Garden Workshops,

Washington, DC. Open to Public, FREE

“Exploring the Magical World of Moss Gardening”

Explore the magical world of moss gardening with nationally-recognized expert and author, Annie Martin aka Mossin’ Annie. Besides providing year-round green beauty, mosses offer environmental benefits in today’s landscapes – moss lawns, water features, green roofs and living walls. Impressive photographs provide design inspiration. An exhibit of shade and sun moss species allows participants to experience the various nuances of green, textures, and colony shapes. Topics include selection of appropriate moss species, planting techniques, and maintenance methods for aspiring DIY moss gardeners to achieve long-term success.

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To register for Annapolis Events, Contact: frgcmoss@gmail.com 

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To register: http://highlandsbiological.org/workshops/ 

May 23, 2018

10 am - 4 pm    Highlands Biological Station, All-day Moss Gardening Workshop, Highlands, NC. Registration fee.

“Journey into the Magical World of Moss Gardening”

Discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener. Hands-on experiences include making your own moss dish garden to take home and in-depth instruction culminating in the HBS Learning Moss Garden.

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June 8-10, 2018

Noon   NC Master Gardener Volunteers State Conference, Keynote Speaker,

Greenville, NC, Conference registration required

“Moss Magic in Your Garden”

Mosses provide green beauty throughout the entire year. Learn how to achieve your own moss magic for shade and sun landscape projects – gardens, lawns, waterfalls, and patios. 

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July 20, 2018

8 am - Noon    Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, Plant School Workshop

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, Conference registration required

https://www.wcu.edu/engage/professional-enrichment/conferences-and-community-classes/the-cullowhee-native-plant-conference/NP-Schedule.aspx 

“Moss Magic: Enhancing Your Native Plant Garden”

Native plant enthusiasts often suffer from the winter doldrums when ferns and wildflowers have wilted and faded into dormancy. By incorporating mosses, you can enjoy your garden at any time of the year. Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening, will provide valuable insights and moss gardening tips as well as inspirational photographs. Experience the magic by taking a closer look at the various shade and sun moss species.

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September 15-16, 2018

Times TBA     Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Lecture/Workshop/Garden Tour,  Bentonville, AR. Registration fee.

“Exploring the Magical World of Moss Gardening”

Discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, hands-on moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener. Participants will culminate their experience with an informative hike in Crystal Bridges gardens.

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September 18, 2018

Details TBA     Greater Little Rock Council of Garden Clubs, Lecture/Workshop,  Little Rock, AR Registration fee.

"Moss: Emerald Jewels for Today's Landscapes"

Discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, hands-on moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener.

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September 26, 2018

10 am - 4 pm    Highlands Biological Station, All-day Moss Gardening Workshop, Highlands, NC. Registration fee.

“Journey into the Magical World of Moss Gardening”

Discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. Your journey will include a visual tour of impressive moss garden photographs, moss ID samples, and valuable tips on how to succeed as a moss gardener. Hands-on experiences include making your own moss dish garden to take home and in-depth instruction culminating in the HBS Learning Moss Garden.

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October 2, 2018

Noon       Mossery Visit, Gaston County Master Gardeners

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October 11, 2018

10 am & Noon   Catawba Valley Master Gardeners, Lecture/Workshop. Cooperative Extension Service Office, 175 Brady Avenue, Newton, NC. Registration fee.

“Moss Magic = Year-round Green”

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FALL 2017 EVENTS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

1-5 pm   MOSS-apalooza -- Moss and Music -- 3rd Annual Mossery Open House

Mossery Location: 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard, NC

Moss Gardening Tips! Door Prizes! Discounts! Refreshments! Music by Nikki Talley!

Open to Public, FREE -- Bring your chair to enjoy Nikki's music!

September 20, 2017

7 pm   Weaverville Garden Club, Lecture, Weaverville Town Hall, Weaverville, NC

Open to Public, FREE

 

October 14-15, 2017

2 pm    WNC Home Expo, Moss in Miniature: Terrariums, WNC Ag Center

Open to Public, Expo Admission

 

November 14, 2017

10 am   Athens Jr Ladies Garden Club, Private event, Lecture/Workshop, Athens GA

 

UPCOMING 2018 EVENTS

March 7, 2018

10 am   Athens Garden Club – Oldest Garden Club in America, Private event.

Lecture/Workshop, Athens, GA

 

March 10, 2018

8:30 am   Rutherford County Master Gardener Spring Garden Conference,

Keynote Speaker, Spindale, NC, Conference registration required

 

May 4, 2018

7 pm    US Botanic Garden, Lecture, Washington, DC. Open to Public, FREE

 

May 5, 2018

10:30 am/2 pm   US Botanic Garden, Hands on Moss Dish Garden Workshops,

Washington, DC. Open to Public, FREE

 

June 8-10, 2018

Noon   NC Master Gardener Volunteers State Conference, Keynote Speaker,

Greenville, NC, Conference registration required

 

EARLIER 2017 EVENTS

January 17, 2017

7 pm   Duke University, Durham Garden Forum Lecture Series, Open to Public, FREE

GREAT audience – largest turnout for any Durham Garden Forum lecture EVER!

January 18, 2017

10 am  Chapel Hill Garden Club, private event, Lecture and Hands-on workshop

February 4, 2017

9 am    Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK), Matthews, NC

Lecture Open to Public, FREE. Hands-on Moss Dish Garden Workshop,

$20 per person, Pre-registration required

 

February 16, 2017

3 pm    Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), Kingsport, TN

Hands-on Moss Dish Garden Workshop, $20 ea, Pre-registration required

7 pm    Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), Kingsport, TN

Lecture, Open to the Public, FREE

March 12, 2017

4:30 pm    Organic Growers School, 24th Annual Spring Conference, UNCA, Asheville, NC

Lecture, Open to the Public, Conference Registration required

March 18, 2017

10 am  Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC), Mill Spring, NC

Lecture, Open to the Public, FREE

Hands-on Moss Dish Garden Workshop, $20 per person, Pre-registration required

March 26, 2017

2 pm   Southeastern Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (SEARS),

Flat Rock, NC

Lecture: Open to the Public, FREE

April 29, 2017

9-5 pm  Transylvania Women’s Business Expo, Connestee Falls, Brevard, NC

May 20, 2017

10 am  Franklin Garden Club, Otto Garden Club, Jackson County Master

Gardeners, Lecture and Hands-on Moss Dish Garden Workshop

Otto Community Center, Otto, NC

June 10, 2017

9-4 pm  University of North Carolina at Charlotte, McMillan Greenhouse

Native Plant Certification Series, ALL Day Workshop, Registration required

June 17, 2017

2 pm  Gardener's Cottage, Biltmore Village, Asheville, NC

Lecture and Hands-on Dish Garden Workshop, Open to Public, Registration required

July 12, 2017

10 am  Cashiers Valley Garden Club, Lecture, Open to the Public, FREE

Cashiers Public Library, Cashiers, NC

July 22, 2017

8-Noon Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, Western Carolina University

Moss Gardening, ½ Day Workshop, Cullowhee, NC

Conference registration required

August 22, 2017

7 pm   Atlanta Botanical Garden, Alston Lecture Series, Atlanta, GA

Open to the Public, FREE

Many inquiring minds wanted to learn about MOSS – Over 150 people!

   

August 23, 2017

9:30 am Atlanta Botanical Garden, Moss Dish Garden Workshop, Atlanta, GA

Moss Dish Garden Workshop, Registration required

 

  

 

 

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