My friends think I’m crazy. Walking down a beautiful mountain path, be it public or private, all else will cease to exist for me except this plant that I ungraciously pull from its roots on the spot. I unceremoniously stop the conversation, veer off course, and decisively rip it from the ground.
Yarrow may not be in your herbal medicine chest yet, but it is one plant you don’t want to do without! It has legendary medicinal qualities — both for humans and the earth — and is quite lovely to boot. So if you’re curious about this extraordinary herb, perhaps a better introduction is in order …
In this edition of “Wild Things,” author and herbalist Lee Warren takes a closer look at one of the most beautiful wild plants you’ll ever see in Western North Carolina.
At my home, we go through a lot of herbal vinegar. It’s amazing how much. Fortunately, it’s easy to make.
The hummingbirds are back in our area but do they just pass through your garden?
Every year, there’s something interesting at the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Conference, held Nov. 15-17 this year in Asheville. This time around, a local entrepreneur’s passion for harvesting maple syrup caught my attention.
Every year there’s a new fashionable herb on the market. It’s always some exotic thing that comes from afar with a foreign sounding name and a miracle cure.
Dick Bir has a twinkle in his eye and stories to tell. He knows every nursery grower in Western North Carolina and just about everybody else who’s seriously involved with plants, whether as a professional or a hobbyist. Bir loves WNC’s people and plants equally, which is likely why he was so good at his job.
If you’ve ever pined for camellias well, pine no more. New cultivars have arrived in Western North Carolina and they are tough, cold resistant and dazzling.
Starting on March 27, 2010, Red Wing Farm will be offering a 4-part series of classes on basic organic gardening, meeting one Saturday per month for the months of March, April, May, and June. The classes are highly interactive, hands-on, participatory, experiential classes to help students learn what they need to know to create a […]
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offers tips on “greening” your garden landscape with natives.
If you’ve driven the highways around Asheville at any time since 1985, you’ve caught a glimpse of daylilies, poppies and wildflowers covering large swaths of medians and roadsides. The displays are part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Wildflower Program, which has been enhancing the overall appearance of the state’s highways for more than […]
The North Carolina Arboretum is ablaze with color in fall, and the North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society’s Annual Show, held October 17 and 18, is a perfect occasion to celebrate the fall foliage season.
This year will be very special, as the local chapter hosts the National Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show.
This week highlights the West Asheville Garden Stroll, grant funding for greener foods at three local elementary schools, and the state’s focus on food safety.
Fresh, local tomatoes make for great street food, and a tasty feature for sit-down meals: It’s the Thursday, Aug. 20, Tomato Walk, starring local ‘maters and local eats at Bouchon, Early Girl Eatery, Ed Boudreaux’s, Laurey’s, The Lobster Trap, The Market Place, Posana Café and Rosetta’s Kitchen.
On Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, the Western North Carolina Alliance needs volunteers to help clear a section of the Cheoah River near Robbinsville of invasive exotic species such as bittersweet. Invasives threaten a native species, Virginia spiraea.
An excerpt from the blog of Jennifer Lapidus, project coordinator of the N.C. Organic Bread Flour Project (photo by D. Kaleb Rathbone):
Help ArtSpace get a $10,000 Good Food Grant by going online and voting. But hurry: There’s a June 18 deadline.
It’s tailgate-market time in WNC.
May 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., N.C. Arboretum Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura will explain exactly what’s intended by the Southern Appalachian bonsai concept.
On May 2 and 3, the American Rhododendron Society’s Southeastern Chapter will hold its annual show at the North Carolina Arboretum. The event features hundreds of blooms on display at the Education Center, including many favorite mountain plants.