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By Amber Veverka Jim Matthews walks through the damp woods, and as he does, he pays no attention to the branches dripping with last night’s rain, the mucky path or the scolding of jays overhead. Those things don’t matter to Matthews. Not when he’s trying to explain the sex life of ferns. “This is the […]

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By Amber Veverka Attracting more butterflies to your yard starts with choosing better plants – and by providing food and habitat for all stages of a butterfly’s life. That’s the message local experts have for Carolinas gardeners who want to get a jump on next year’s butterfly garden now as fall begins, creating a haven […]

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Elderberries are flowering now across the Carolinas Piedmont, and their lacy, white flowers are easily spotted along highways, especially in wet ditches. The flowers soon will be followed by dark-purple berries which, while rank-tasting when raw, make rich preserves when cooked. Even the blossoms can be eaten: Trimmed flower heads, cleaned of insects, can be […]

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      By Amber Veverka      Ready to spruce up your landscaping with some new shrubs? Put down that boring ligustrum and standard-issue holly and make way for some native species that will add a little interest to your yard, help wildlife, and thrive without becoming invasive pests.          We asked Carolinas plant experts to give us their picks for five […]

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