Outdoor Living

More Than Tomato-Skin Deep

More Than Tomato-Skin Deep

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Growers liken the Cherokee Purple to a leg bruise, and it’s an apt (if not particularly appetizing) description of the popular tomato. “They’ve got…

Secrets in the Swamp

Secrets in the Swamp

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A picture is worth a thousand words. But even professional photographer Michael Oppenheim admits that 15,000 frames can’t fully realize the primordial tenor of…

Thyme for a Change

Thyme for a Change

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It’s only natural that the Asheville Herb Festival blossomed into the biggest event of its kind on the continent — because the land that…

Water in the Balance

Water in the Balance

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Bullington Gardens Director John Murphy traces his agrarian roots back to the low-lying Swannanoa Valley, where he worked Warren Wilson College’s farm as an…

Lettuce for Us

Lettuce for Us

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Cold weather typically means that gardens are bare and the idea of fresh greens is a dream worthy of someone snug in a winter’s…

Dahlias for the Win

Dahlias for the Win

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After a long, hot day in August, Paul Wright walks to the top of the hill near his home in Fairview. During a late…

Don’t Fear the Reaper

Don’t Fear the Reaper

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Rachel Strivelli earned a Masters degree in Soil Science from the renowned University of British Columbia — but her friendly, open approach gets just…

Calm Intention

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Tranquility drips from this warm, modern marvel of an outdoor space, designed by its husband-and-wife owners, an amateur gardener and an interior designer. Zen…