Readers’ Choice: The Best of Our State 2014

The results are in! See the winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
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Arts & Culture

Sea Oats

Sea Oats

These native grasses are pretty accents and tough defenders.
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Life After Life

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle breaks stereotypes and explores the meaning of death in her latest novel.
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Sean Ruttkay

Big, Bold, and Lifelike

Sean Ruttkay’s coastal photography is life-size and captures rare moments.
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This Month’s Gardening Tips: May 2013

Planting season is in full swing, and weed and pest management is key to a successful summer.
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Do-It-Yourself: Improve a Backyard Landscape

Our garden and landscape experts offer advice for one reader’s backyard.
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How to Control Fire Ants

Advice on controlling fire ants, without risking your pet’s health.
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Grow Fresh Asparagus in Your Backyard Garden

Preparation is key when planting and harvesting this delicious spring crop.
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Happy Valley Pals

Old-Time Sound

Members of the Happy Valley Pals band preserve traditional Piedmont music.
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Battery Park Book Exchange

The Battery Park Book Exchange

At this eclectic bookstore in Asheville’s Grove Arcade, wine and espresso entice as many customers as the 30,000 gently used books. Here, old and new collide in a rich, decadent decor that resembles the arcade’s original purpose: to create an ambiance of extravagance.
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Colin Richmond

Porcelain with Personality

A mixed-media artist in Asheville travels the world in search of rare-breed farm animals that inspire his handcrafted collectibles.
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