Gardens

The Lights Fantastic at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

While most of us are putting out pumpkins, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (Belmont, NC) are getting ready for Christmas. They have to, how else will they manage to string 600,000 colorful lights for their Holiday Lights at the Garden in time for opening day?  Holiday Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving and lasts until […]

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Gardens of Awe and Folly

During winter, I struggle with the instincts to hunker down by a fireplace or to migrate to a warmer, more colorful climate. The fireside usually wins. To compensate, I vicariously travel through books describing places I may never actually visit. For somewhat philosophical gardeners, Gardens of Awe and Folly (Bloomsbury, 2016) by Vivian Swift may […]

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Presidential Gardens

Although many people probably welcome the end of the Presidential election hoopla, some individuals, including myself, must cope with the abrupt cessation of political discourse. Reading All The Presidents Gardens (Timber Press, 2016) by Marta McDowell can ease the transition. From George Washington to Barack Obama, McDowell relates the development of the landscape surrounding the […]

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