Gardens & Gardening

snowman

Blowing Rock Snowman Creates Winter Magic

Even when there are no clouds, Steve Stanley, mountain manager of Appalachian Ski Mountain, makes so much snow that sometimes surrounding roads are coated with the stuff.

Continue reading »

Erin Weston

From Manhattan to Magnolia Farm

Erin Weston left North Carolina wide-eyed with an art history degree and a dream of making it in the Big Apple. When her plans fell through, she returned to the Triangle to create luxury wreaths that decorate homes across the state — especially at Christmas.
Continue reading »

Christmas Trees

Making the Cut: North Carolina Christmas Trees

Fraser firs may be the big tree on campus at lots across the state, but on Down East cut-your-own farms, cedar, cypress, and pine are the trees that growers vote most likely to succeed.
Continue reading »

Christmas Tree

Oh, (State) Christmas Tree!

A Fraser fir, always and only. Folks who’d stoop to taking home something like a Scotch pine? Amateurs.
Continue reading »

Venus Fly Trap

Venus Flytrap for State Flower

It already holds the title of state carnivorous plant, and at least one person thinks the swamp-dwelling insect eater should hold the title of official flower, too.
Continue reading »

blanketflower

Blanketflower

This coastal plant is legend on one North Carolina island.
Continue reading »

chesley-greene-peach-student

Peach Student

In the Sandhills, summertime means peaches, and peaches mean school.
Continue reading »

reggie's-flower-shoppe

Reggie’s Flower Shoppe in Lexington

Reggie Walser, Welcome’s best-known florist, has been arranging every kind of bloom since he was 3. And he’s not stopping anytime soon.
Continue reading »

kudzu

Kudzu

More than a hundred years ago, Japanese arrowroot — aka kudzu — found a home in porch-side flower beds across the South. No one suspected the lush vine with the pretty purple flowers was a monster hell-bent on devouring everything in its path.
Continue reading »

annie-martin-pisgah-forest-horticulturalist

Mountain Moss in Brevard

A Pisgah Forest horticulturalist shines light on an overlooked plant.
Continue reading »