My Catawba Rhododendron Adventures On Roan Mountain

By Wendy Diaz, EMGV In February, I planned a short weekend trip to see the Catawba rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense) blossoms in the High Country section of the Appalachian Mountain Region of North Carolina. I wanted something to look forward to in hopes that the pandemic would allow a little careful domestic travel by the time …

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Take A Walk In The ‘Local’ Woods: Duke Forest, Trees, Mushrooms, & Rhododendrons

by Wendy Diaz, EMGV Most university towns are known for offering many affordable amenities and a better quality of life to their residents and Durham must be at the top of this list because in addition to the traditional offerings of sports, continuing education classes, good hospitals, speakers and concerts, Durham has many unique outdoor …

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Weekend Getaway to find the Native Silky Camelia (Stewartia malacodendron) in Bloom 

By Wendy Diaz EMGV Last May, I planned a short weekend trip with my husband to try and find the native Silky Camelia (Stewartia malacodendron) in bloom at the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve[1] (pronounced Heaven wood) in Brunswick County, near the coast of North Carolina. The Silky Camelia is the signature plant of this 175-acre nature preserve …

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