Dogwood blossom

Dogwoods

Throughout April, North Carolinians celebrate the delicate blossoms that leaf out on dogwood trees with festivals and fanfare across the state.

Raleigh’s Temple of Blooms

The director of JC Raulston Arboretum is North Carolina’s Indiana Jones of plants. He travels to some of the world’s most remote locations, braving treacherous landscapes and dangerous beasts in search of rare species to bring back to his shrine of flora.

A Guide to Downtown Laurinburg

“The Fighting Scots” is more than a high school team name: It’s a rallying cry for longtime residents — including one community director — who are building up their downtown for generations to come.

The Seed Saver

A passion for indigenous grasses and wildflowers turned a ninth-generation farmer into a steward of seeds. On a ramble down to Johnston County, our roving writer learns how Don Lee is helping restore native landscapes across the South.