Gardens & Gardening

conetoe family life center

Conetoe Family Life Center Farm Grows, Inspires

For Edgecombe County children, a shared garden feeds and provides a sense of purpose.
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A Hymn to Sticky Limbs

On being a sap for the pine tree.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Blanketflower

This coastal plant is legend on one North Carolina island.
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Peach Student

In the Sandhills, summertime means peaches, and peaches mean school.
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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.
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