Home & Garden

5 Family-Owned Garden Centers Offer Yuletide Trimmings

Nature outshines even the brightest newfangled Christmas decorations. From garlands to kissing balls, homegrown, family-owned garden centers stock the holly (and the jolly) of the season.


Studio Tour with Harkers Island’s Walter Gaskill

The coots, loons, and surf scoters in this Harkers Island studio don’t fly. But they land in collections and competitions from coast to coast, as rows of blue ribbons attest.


Family Tradition: Home for the Holidays

Adventures across the state can wait. At Christmas, there’s nothing like the warmth and comfort of your own house.


A Story Behind Every Christmas Tree Ornament

Handmade from Popsicle sticks and macaroni, or preserved from generations past: An ornament represents a story, a memory, a treasured entry on the timeline of our lives.


December Welcome Letter: Wish List

Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson considers what her Christmas wish list might look like today, compared to the ones she used to write as a child.