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Park Place

Picture, if you will, a Southern-style front porch staring out over a lushly landscaped lawn. Crepe myrtles offer a bit of welcoming shade as you gaze upon the other Charleston-style homes lining a street with family-friendly sidewalks. Friendly neighbors wave s the pass, and the distant sound of children's laughter…

Tonja’s Labor Of Love

One resident has brought her creativity to the utmost level and turned her quaint cottage into something whimsical and spooky. Tonja has left no headstone unturned when it comes to decorating for this upcoming Halloween season. A quaint white cottage tucked in on the side of Grigsby Chapel Road is…

The Perfect Getaway: A Visit to The Swag Country Inn

This year marks the 34th season at The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, North Carolina. Nestled 5,000 feet above everywhere, it is the perfect travel destination to find relaxation, mountain views and Southern hospitality. If you need to escape for a day or for a weekend, The Swag provides every…

Goldenrod Won’t Make You Sneeze

Years ago I got to visit Vancouver, British Columbia. I was so excited about getting to see the Butchart Gardens in Victoria. It was delightful; Butchart Gardens covers fifty-five acres in beautiful floral displays. With a gardening staff of 30, there wasn’t a weed in sight and all the flowers…

The Plight Of The Honeybee

Let us start with a little American bee history. As English and Spanish settlers came to North America, they brought with them their native honey bees Apis mellifera mellifera and Apis mellifera iberica, respectively. As Europeans colonized and spread across our continent, Native Americans recognized the “white man’s fly”, or…

Orchids

In the past five years, I have become an orchid expert. Not an expert at growing, potting or getting them to bloom. Only in buying them. The price of orchids has dropped so much that even a person of modest means who loves flowers can now have them placed inside…

Park Place

Picture, if you will, a Southern-style front porch staring out over a lushly landscaped lawn. Crepe myrtles offer a bit of welcoming shade as you gaze upon the other Charleston-style homes lining a street with family-friendly sidewalks. Friendly neighbors wave s the pass, and the distant sound of children's laughter…

Tonja’s Labor Of Love

One resident has brought her creativity to the utmost level and turned her quaint cottage into something whimsical and spooky. Tonja has left no headstone unturned when it comes to decorating for this upcoming Halloween season. A quaint white cottage tucked in on the side of Grigsby Chapel Road is…

The Perfect Getaway: A Visit to The Swag Country Inn

This year marks the 34th season at The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, North Carolina. Nestled 5,000 feet above everywhere, it is the perfect travel destination to find relaxation, mountain views and Southern hospitality. If you need to escape for a day or for a weekend, The Swag provides every…

Goldenrod Won’t Make You Sneeze

Years ago I got to visit Vancouver, British Columbia. I was so excited about getting to see the Butchart Gardens in Victoria. It was delightful; Butchart Gardens covers fifty-five acres in beautiful floral displays. With a gardening staff of 30, there wasn’t a weed in sight and all the flowers…

The Plight Of The Honeybee

Let us start with a little American bee history. As English and Spanish settlers came to North America, they brought with them their native honey bees Apis mellifera mellifera and Apis mellifera iberica, respectively. As Europeans colonized and spread across our continent, Native Americans recognized the “white man’s fly”, or…

Orchids

In the past five years, I have become an orchid expert. Not an expert at growing, potting or getting them to bloom. Only in buying them. The price of orchids has dropped so much that even a person of modest means who loves flowers can now have them placed inside…

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