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WINTER WEATHER IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

Excerpted from a study initiated by the State Climate Office of North Carolina When people drop in at our office here in Cedar Mountain, outside of Brevard, NC, they often ask….”what is the winter weather like in this area?”  Anecdotal information aside (that we generally have mild winters these days), there is always someone who…

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WNC FARMERS OFFER CRUNCHY, JUICY, TASTY, FRESH SNACKS

Excerpted from ASAP article in The Asheville Citizen-Times “Vegetables at market aren’t just good for making meals; they’re also great for snacking.  Stop by farm vendors of area farmers’ tailgate markets to discover your new favorite mid-afternoon bites. Beans are a great snack food that packs protein.  Haricot verts (“fancy”green beans), and similar varieties, make…

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PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON COUNTY GEOLOGY

Excerpted from an article in The Transylvania Times –  July 27, 2017 “The August “Discover Natural Transylvania” program at the Transylvania County Library will explore the billion-year-old geologic  history of Transylvania County.  Geologist Rick Wooten’s presentation, “The Geology of Transylvania County and Vicinity:  Mountains, Faults, Waterfalls, Landslides and More.” will highlight mountain geology within the…

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CATAWBA RHODODENDRONS ARE GETTING READY TO BLOOM

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez, Columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times “It’s almost Catawba rhododendron time in Western North Carolina…..I’m sorry to play favorites with flowers, but these have to be the best.  Not only are they my favorite purple-lilac color, you don’t have to hike with your nose to the ground to scout…

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THE END OF THE ALL-WHITE KITCHEN? THE CASE FOR NATURAL WOOD

Source:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “A funny thing happened while everyone was obsessing over white kitchens:  Natural wood sneaked back in, creating some of the chic-est spaces around.  For many, natural wood evokes a country feel.  Or perhaps something ultra-traditional.  But today’s natural wood kitchens are modern showplaces that mimic the newest trends we’ve been…

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THE ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK IS A FEISTY BIRD…

Source:  George Ellison for the Asheville Citizen-Times Excerpted from a recent article by our favorite Bryson City-based local naturalist and philosopher, George Ellison. <<< “Here a rose-breasted grosbeak.  At first I thought it a tanager, but soon I perceived it more clear and instrumental…It is not at all shy, and our richest singer…the strain perfectly…

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THE CRADLE WILL ROCK

Excerpted from an article by Robert Beanblossom for the Asheville Citizen-Times. “FORESTRY SITE IN PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST IS STEEPED IN WNC HISTORY… …Nestled in a mountainous valley know as the Pink Beds (for its dense rhododendron growth) is the Cradle of Forestry in America, a national historic site.  This  spot in the heart of the…

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DON’T FORGET TEXTURE WHEN PLANNING YOUR GARDEN

Excerpted from an article by Dean Fosdick/Associated Press “The most popular element in landscape design is color, but texture is another important building block. Texture in gardening can be seen as well as felt, and is used primarily to provide contrast. Color lacks dimension without texture, which can soften spaces, provide visual interest, fashion backdrops…

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THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAILS AN EARLY SPRING…

…AND TIES IT TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Excerpted from an article for The Washington Post/Energy and Environment by Chelsea Harvey – Feb. 24, 2017 “As the nation basks in some of the warmest February weather it has seen in decades, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has been quick to point out that the early spring conditions…

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PREVENTING BIRD STRIKES ON YOUR WINDOWS

Excerpted and adapted from an article by Connie Adair for realtytimes.com In the winter in Connestee Falls, homeowners who have big windows that bring light, views and the outdoors into their homes also experience the sad event  when birds are attracted to and strike their windows.  Every year, millions of birds die when they fly…

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