The Maple Brothers

Every year, Tim and Matt Nichols create hundreds of different kinds of Japanese maples — in a dizzying array of shapes and colors and sizes — at their mail-order nursery in East Flat Rock. And every one of the trees has roots in their grandmother’s garden.

Like a Local: Hendersonville

Like a Local: Hendersonville

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in Hendersonville; much of what made the region a popular destination 200 years ago — like its agriculture, climate, and historic downtown district — are still important parts of its identity today.