Garden Feng Shui

Now that those tantalizing warm winter days are past and spring is really arriving it is time to get serious about making our outside spaces as attractive and useful as possible. Many people think of feng shui only in relationship to interior spaces, but the site and situation of your dwelling are actually the foundation of feng shui. If the energy of your home site is askew, then nothing that you do inside can completely make up for it. So let us turn our attention outside and see what insights feng shui can give us. In a previous article for this publication (Feng Shui Design and Your Home’s Entrance, Winter 2016) I dealt with the feng shui of the approach to your home. An article by L

Not your grandad’s garage

In 1930, when Pete Youngblood started up Fletcher Motors, a traditional garage to service cars in Fletcher, North Carolina, he could never have imagined his granddaughter would someday open up a new spin on his garage almost 100 years later. But that’s what has happened in the small, mountain town nestled between Hendersonville and Asheville. Kaye Youngblood, along with her three business partners, Lisa Preston Clark, Ellen Schwab and Susan Brady have taken 6,000 square feet and created an artisan community called The Garage on 25. The four partners are all local gals from Western North Carolina and have a passion for vintage, repurposed, retro and cool stuff. “I remember how proud my grand

Asheville and 'eco-tourism'

One of Asheville’s most important tourist attractions, in addition to craft breweries, boutique shopping, art, music, and a vibrant restaurant scene, is its location, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering an abundance of opportunities to experience nature. At times the shoppers and foodies are joined by a totally different group, what some refer to as “eco-tourists.” Eco-tourists arrive to hike mountain trails, zip line through trees, raft down rivers, fish, kayak, explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, and hopefully experience a brief respite from their daily routine. For some visitors, it offers quiet time and maybe a chance to give their electronic devices a short, but well deserved r

Spring at the NC Arboretum

Spring came early in western North Carolina before winter, in its final throes of the season, took back control. The blossoms of spring were unsure about timing, but at the North Carolina Arboretum, you can find beauty in any season. This spring finds many activities designed to get you out of the house and back into nature! The grounds are replete with hiking and biking trails, gardens, exhibits at the Education Center and the Baker Exhibit Center and Greenhouse (as well as in the gardens themselves), and a myriad of events for all ages. The NC Arboretum was established in 1986 and is an affiliate campus of the University of North Carolina. The 434-acre public garden is located just south o

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