Outdoor Living

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,…

Growing Concern

Growing Concern

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In a season of uncertainty, more seek help in cultivating their gardens “Just a suburban guy from New England,” is how Brandon Greenstein introduces himself….

Inhabiting  Another World

Inhabiting Another World

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Why we need fairy gardens more than ever Fairies are such stuff as dreams are made of. Maybe. At Bullington Gardens, a 12-acre horticultural…

Enduring as an I-Beam

Enduring as an I-Beam

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Exploring the home life of intercontinental trailblazers Jennifer Pharr Davis doesn’t say that “she” broke the Appalachian Trail’s thru-hike speed record in 2011. She says…

Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light

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Evening event at the Arboretum offers new perspective on celebrated art As one might expect, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, hummingbirds, flowers, and even a family of deer inhabit…

Now is the Time

Now is the Time

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Stuck at home? Here’s how to make so much more of it Though tomatoes are ripening on the vine, peaches can be purchased by the basketful,…

In His Own Backyard

In His Own Backyard

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Earlier in the spring, flower beds on Parker Andes’ property in Mills River were still bare. There was a lot of mud and manure,…

Petal by Petal

Petal by Petal

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Robert Myers is the past president of the Rowan Rose Society and Charlotte Rose Society and is currently vice president of both. He has…