Garden Journal

A mossy victory: Mossin’ Annie Martin’s won a “Best of Show” in the flower-and-plant competition at the N.C. Mountain State Fair in Fletcher. The Brevard resident designed a living scene: moss nestled with other indigenous plants inside a hollow log. The mossy log also earned second place in the “Judges Choice” category.

Martin promotes the rescue of indigenous bryophytes and creatively uses these unique plants in public and private gardens. On Saturday, Sept. 20, adults can get some tips at Summer Brooke Gardens, located on West Main Street in downtown Brevard; kids ages 4 to 12 can participate in classes through Brevard College’s Community Education program. And serious moss enthusiasts can take a three-part class.

For more info, contact Martin at 577-1321 or

Playhouse gardening: For many years, the gardens, plantings and landscape improvements at Flat Rock Playhouse had been created and maintained by staff during the off-season. But the busy theater no longer has enough down time to manage the task.

So project designer Tamsin Cooke and a team of master-gardener volunteers “have done more to improve the landscape in a few short months than we’ve [accomplished] in 20 years,” says Paige Posey, the Playhouse’s associate managing director.

The Playhouse volunteer guild – the Supporting Players – donated $5,000 for the effort. The master gardeners are sharing plants from their own gardens and calling upon friends for further support. Some Playhouse staff also volunteered to bring plants from their yards to be used in the design.

For more information on the Master Gardener Program, contact Diane Turner of the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Center at 697-4891.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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