Outdoor Living

If Walls Could Breathe

If Walls Could Breathe

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Plant installations remind us to stop and smell the peperomia Some plants are bold and uncompromising. Madison Samuels knows this firsthand. As the Florist…

Serenity Now

Serenity Now

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Nature Deficit Disorder is not yet recognized in medical textbooks or psychology journals, but to Betty and Robert Balentine, it was a very real…

Snapdragon Decision

Snapdragon Decision

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Loretta and Kurt Ball, along with Ledger, 10 and Quinn, 13, live on what she refers to as their “little slice of heaven,” an…

Private Property

Private Property

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How to create outdoor seclusion with the right shrubs and trees It became clear last spring that COVID-19 wasn’t going away anytime soon, so…

Where the Wild Sculpture Is

Where the Wild Sculpture Is

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Outdoor exhibit heralds the warmth of the new season The Luna moth is elusive. As its name suggests, the winged insect only flies at…

Growing Money

Growing Money

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Appalachian wild ginseng is wildly profitable For generations, American ginseng (shortened to “sang” in mountain vernacular) has provided folk medicine and a unique revenue…

Bulbs Off the Books

Bulbs Off the Books

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Experienced flower growers give seasoned (and surprising) advice Just as there is no rose without a thorn, there is no flower farm without moles, voles,…