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Left: Old-fashioned rambling roses, accidentally spared, bloomed exuberantly around and over the old mulberry stump. Right: The spidery blooms of witch hazel appear in late October, lighting up the woods as autumn’s foliage fades.

Elizabeth Hunter

Mountain Garden: Flexibility Pays Dividends

In what might be called the “garden whisperer” approach, there’s much to be said for letting the plants have a role in the plans. more »

Aug 14, 2014 Mountain Garden

Jim Ruff

Photo Essay: Fall, Glorious Fall

Click here to see even more beautiful photos from Jim Ruff's September/October 2014 Fall Foliage photo essay! more »

Aug 13, 2014 Magazine

Guest Column, Karen Cragnolin: Helping Mother Nature Heal Herself

Karen Cragnolin is active in civic affairs around Asheville and is executive director of Riverlink, which under her leadership purchased carrier park in 1999 and dedicated French Broad River Park in 1994. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Guest Columnists

Top: The view from the Wesser Bald Lookout Tower is the real payoff for the hike.

Bottom: The Nantahala Outdoor Center is hiker-friendly.

Right: The Wesser Bald Lookout Tower was originally built in 1936.

Leonard Adkins

The Hike: Nantahala River to Wesser Bald

This 13.5-mile circuit in western north carolina offers stunning views at the wesser bald lookout tower. more »

Aug 13, 2014 The Hike

Country Roads: The Jubal Early Homeplace Opens

Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early was a cantankerous fellow who vehemently opposed secession, yet volunteered for the Confederate Army and was cited for bravery during his raid on Washington. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Country Roads

Country Roads: John Rose, The Bodacious Cartoonist

Perhaps one of the most famous hillbilly moonshiners is a short little guy with an oversized black hat. Snuffy Smith comes to life each day in the comic strip pages along with his wife, Loweezy, their baby Tater, nephew Jughaid, and more. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Country Roads

High Knob Tower rises on a peak above Norton, Virginia with an elevation on the deck of about 4,233 feet above sea level.

Joe Tennis

Country Roads: New Forest Tower at 4,200 Feet

High Knob Tower rises on a peak above Norton, Virginia with an elevation on the deck of about 4,233 feet above sea level. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Country Roads

Creature Feature: Steps to Save the Monarchs

Mexico has become less hospitable for the butterflies’ migration, but there are things we can do here to help. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Creature Feature

Joe Tennis

Country Roads: New Museum Celebrates Bristol’s Title as “Birthplace of Country Music”

Come the third weekend of September, the Virginia/Tennessee state line-straddling city of Bristol bursts with music during the Rhythm & Roots Reunion. This multi-stage celebration recognizes the twin city’s title as “Birthplace of Country Music.” more »

Aug 12, 2014 Country Roads

This production still is from the 1937 Fox Hearst film “Romance of the Reaper,” which was produced by International Harvester to celebrate the McCormick reaper’s centennial. The scene is a re-creation of the first reaper test.

Wisconsin Historical Society Whi58739. Used With Permission.

Cyrus McCormick's Reaper: The Ag Industrial Revolution Began in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

Cyrus McCormick’s invention, his business sense and his determination influenced not only agriculture, but also the civil war and business practices that survive today. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Features

Roanoke’s architecture reflects its personality: brick marked with the patina of years, neighbors to contemporary glass asymmetry, all reflecting and surrounded by the green of trees and mountains.

Cara Ellen Modisett

Roanoke: How to be a Visitor in Your Own Hometown

It’s not every city that lends itself as readily as Roanoke to a long-time resident’s stepping out into it as a visitor. Our editor at large got to visit treasures she’s enjoyed for 16 years, and can’t wait to recommend. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Features

Top 50 Things to See and Do This Fall!

Is there a better season in the mountains? Not just the leaves, but the water and the peaks, the wine trails and the parks, the farms and the hikes, the bike rides and the boat treks. C’mon, let’s get out there! more »

Aug 8, 2014 Features

A damaged tiger swallowtail imparts lessons of hope and tolerance, respectively.

Elizabeth Hunter

From the Farm: Foundations

May the stories and fables of childhood that helped form our patterns of life continue to gently steer new generations. more »

Aug 4, 2014 From the Farm

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