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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY OPENS MANY FACILITIES FOR BUSY WEEKEND

Source:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times/US Today Network Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening of the tourist floodgates on the Blue Ridge Parkway, when the entire 469-mile roadway and all facilities are open for camping, picnicking, hiking and sightseeing.  But the recent downpours, and more rain forecast for the weekend, have delayed some openings and should…

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BROAD-WINGED HAWKS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD…

…THE SOARING BEAUTY OF WNC HAWKS… ¨These are the keen-eyed wind masters, able to tease lift from temperature-troubled air and soar for long periods on set wings.  They are the clipper ships of the skies.¨ — Pete Dunn, et al. – ¨Hawks in Flight¨ 1988) ¨The commonly observed soaring hawks of the Smokies (and Blue…

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RHUBARB APPEALS TO GROWN-UP TASTES…

SOURCE:  Thanks again to Tammy Algood, Special to Nashville Tennessean, for great articles about local food as it comes on the market. ¨Fresh rhubarb is an opportunity to stalk on the wild side.  My first memory is of it growing on the north side of old houses.  It was old-fashioned looking and certainly something that…

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STRAWBERRY PICKING – A RITE OF SPRING!

SOURCE:  Tammy Algood -Special to Nashville Tennessean/USA Today Network.  Thanks, Tammy! ” Some things are worth the wait.  I ate my first homegrown strawberry yesterday, and it was beyond delicious.  It was small, but packed a barrelful of flavor and juice.  A strawberry shouldn´t just look good, it should taste memorable. Sweet Charlies are usually…

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STOP & LISTEN TO THE BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS OF NATURE

SOURCE:  Nature Journal – George Ellison – Asheville Citizen-Times ¨Through the years, I have admonished readers to slow down and take a closer look. ¨ This time around, I would suggest that you ¨Close your eyes and listen!¨  That´s right – just  listen. The wind sighs as it passes through the leaf canopy overhead.  Rain…

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TAKE A HIKE – NEW GUIDEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS WNC WILDFLOWER HIKES

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen Times ¨Spring might be coming up in fits and starts across WNC, but now that the sun, rain and warmth have collided, it´s the perfect recipe for wildflower time.  Some of the blooms are so showy and famous, like the fluffy pinkish-purple Catawba Rhododendron, that peak in the high elevations around…

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HOUSEPLANTS FOR THE HORTICULTURALLY IMPAIRED

SOURCE:  Lee Reich/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times Here are some excerpts from an interesting recent article in our local Asheville paper – of interest to those who, perhaps, can kill a houseplant by just looking at it! “Hints of inpending spring weather might stir a desire to grow plants, even in people not usually drawn in that…

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WHICH BIRDS WILL SING SPRING SONGS IN WNC?

Source:  George Ellison/Nature Journal/Asheville Citizen – Times ¨The birding season has just about arrived…yards  will soon be filled with calls and songs.  Some of the singers, like song sparrows, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, cardinals, towhees and Carolina wrens – are permanent residents of WNC that will breed right here.  Others – like the white-throated sparrows…

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WHERE TO FIND THE EARLIEST WILDFLOWERS

SOURCE:  Excerpted from article by George Ellison for Asheville Citizen Times “There are fundamental concepts associated with every aspect of the natural world that help us understand and appreciate it more fully.  Let’s take a look at three as they apply to wildflowers…. PRINCIPLE OF VERTICALITY:  The Appalachian system as a whole reaches its greatest…

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ASHEVILLE, TRANSYLVANIA FARMERS’ MARKETS LIVELY!

Excerpted from an article by  ASAP/Asheville Citizen-Times “The Transylvania Farmers Market is unique among tailgate markets in the region — it stays open all year long outside in the same location.  This means that vendors are  out in the elements each Saturday.  So weather determines whether all the vendors are able to make it to…

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