The Switchyard Smithy

Posted by - March 18, 2018

Written By: Marimar McNaughton Sunlight streams into The Switchyard, an active railroad interchange on one of Wilmington, North Carolina’s backstreets. This place where two rail lines converge has become the hub for a community of architects, builders, artisans and writers. One among them, Ben Kastner, is the modern face of yesterday’s blacksmith. Kastner and his

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Bloomin’ Beautiful

Posted by - March 18, 2018

Written By: Diana Matthews Azalea Garden Tour is April 13-15 “We didn’t have azaleas when I was growing up in Indiana,” said Barbara Downing. “We didn’t have camellias blooming in December and January, either. I so appreciate the things that grow here.”      Downing is Media and Communications Chair of the hard-working Cape Fear Garden

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Garden of Curiosities

Posted by - September 21, 2016

By Susan Buteau  In the heart of midtown Wilmington lies a patch of boggy soil that holds part of the town’s charm. Here, visitors can see Venus flytraps growing in the wild, a phenomenon unique to Wilmington and its seventy-mile surrounding area. These ground-hugging, insect-grabbing plants are so small they could be crushed underfoot if people are

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Pattern’s Flowery Comeback

Posted by - September 9, 2016

By Lynn Leake Floral, REALLY? Yes, it’s true. As you know, furnishings follow fashion, and as fashion has gone more colorful (and even Boho), the fabrics used for furniture were sure to follow. It’s like we try it out on a small scale at first, then… if we still like it, we move a style onto the bigger

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The Kitchen Door is Open

Posted by - September 9, 2016

By Anne Rose Neighborly visits on a lazy afternoon are friendliest when the invitation is to come on ‘round to the kitchen door. Steve and Suda Tuggle are gracious and enthusiastic downtowners, having opened their home for garden and home tours benefiting a multitude of Wilmington organizations. The purchased the Maria McKoy House in 2002.

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Controlled Burn: Smoke on the Road

Posted by - June 15, 2016

By Paige Brown | White ash fell like snow and smoke filled the air as flames licked at the trunks of the trees. The sound was thunderous as the fire roared through the woodland at a frightening pace. As the blaze grew in intensity, it became a living, breathing presence that devoured all the undergrowth

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Mimosa Moments: That One Rose

Posted by - May 31, 2016

By Lynn Ingram | Mister Lincoln is awakening, promising to pluck my heart strings, to make me ponder again the wonders and mysteries of this world. This morning, he’s offering me just the barest sliver of red, peeking demurely out from his green cup of curly-tipped sepals. Yet soon—oh, so very soon—that small tight bud

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Blooming Natives: Gardening in Cape Fear

Posted by - May 21, 2016

By Paige Brown | Their feathers flash emerald and ruby as the sunlight reveals tiny hummingbirds moving from flower to flower on a red honeysuckle vine. A cherry laurel tree vibrates with the movement of a host of honeybees, and the cardinals are feeding their young amongst the creamy white blossoms of the dogwood tree.

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