Walking Into History On The Road To Nowhere

Walking Into History on the Road to Nowhere

  • June 30, 2017

The North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often called its quiet side. Perhaps most well known is Bryson City's Deep Creek Campground and trailhead, but did you know there are two entrances to the Park at Bryson…

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Rhododendron Maximum: Giant Of The Heath Family

Rhododendron Maximum: Giant of the Heath Family

  • June 15, 2017

Once spring arrives in the Blue Ridge, it’s a non-stop parade of wildflowers blooming nearly everywhere. On show beginning in mid-June: rhododendron maximum or rosebay rhododendron. This is the tallest and showiest of the three rhododendron species native to our…

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The Multi-Talented Common Violet

The Multi-Talented Common Violet

  • March 31, 2017

We seem to have wildflowers on the brain here at Milestone Press. This may be because Jim Parham is nearing the end of a five-year book project titled Wildflower Walks & Hikes: North Carolina Mountains, due out next year. But the other reason is…

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A Brief History Of Forsythia

A Brief History of Forsythia

  • March 15, 2017

A recent post about flowers that mark old home places in the Southern Appalachians mentioned the early spring-flowering shrub forsythia. Like daffodils, forsythia blooms are golden, making bright spots in the woods where cabins and farmsteads once stood. Like daffodils,…

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Hiking Back To The Home Place

Hiking Back to the Home Place

  • February 28, 2017

It's been a warm winter here in the Smokies. And although we expect more cold weather in March, there's reason to expect that unlike last year, it will be an early spring. The earliest spring flowers are already in evidence. Daffodils…

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Wildflower Touring On A Bicycle

Wildflower Touring on a Bicycle

  • June 20, 2016

When we think about a wildflower outing, we tend to think about an excursion on foot, walking a woodland trail in search of, perhaps, a specific species that's known to bloom at a certain time. But how many of us…

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Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper

Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper

  • April 30, 2016

  One of the pleasures of residing in or near the woods of the Southern Appalachians is looking forward to the bloom of specific woodland plants as the year rolls by. Last year we missed the bloom of the small…

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