The eve of Wamboldtopia: "This whole place is a love story," says Damaris Pierce, seen here in the garden's wedding circle — Damaris' "engagement ring" built by Ricki Pierce (left). "There's a lot of letting go." Photo by Carrie Eidson.

Leaving fairyland: Wamboldtopia’s creators say goodbye to their garden home

Since 1999, Wamboldtopia has been the ever-growing home and garden of artists Damaris and Ricki Pierce. It began as a steep, shady hillside covered in grass, but after 15 years of transformation, Wamboldtopia is a West Asheville institution — a fairyland covered in stone. But for Damaris and Ricki, this is the last season in the garden before they place the home on the market and prepare to move on to new and separate lives.

More than 200 bikers gathered at City County Plaza for the Summer Cycle. Photo by Jake Frankel.

‘Summer Cycle’ community ride draws hundreds of bikers

More than 200 bicyclists took to local streets June 28 for a community ride across north Asheville and the River Arts District. The annual Summer Cycle was organized by Asheville on Bikes, a volunteer group dedicated to cultivating local cycling culture. Its well-attended community rides and other advocacy work have helped get the attention of […]

A garden for a foodie: Sheila Dunn transformed her steep Weaverville lawn into an edible landscape where fruits, vegetables and other delights take the place of grass. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Why I grow: Edible landscaping with Sheila Dunn

For many, edible plants are grown in rows in the vegetable garden — often kept out of sight in the back or side yard. But for Sheila Dunn, a retired microbiologist and Master Gardener, edibles are a beautiful necessity to be woven into the landscape. Dunn converted her steep, rocky Weaverville property into an edible landscape that now provides more than half of everything she eats.

Image of EDC Chair Paul Szurek via EDC video.

Development officials: Local economic forecast looks bright

Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, predicts a bright future for the local economy. He joined hundreds of other government and business leaders June 19 at the group’s annual meeting to celebrate recent successes and plot a path forward. The organization is a year and half ahead of schedule […]