Plant Lore

Orchard at Altapass Saved by Carson Family

Master storyteller Bill Carson tells how his family saved a century-old apple orchard from development and turned it into a heritage attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve

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Mary Jane Queen

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Mary Jane Queen

Old-time singer and banjo player, storyteller, traditional gardener

Jackson County, NC

Mary Jane Queen lived in the Caney Fork section of Jackson County near where she was born in 1914. She was descended from some of the earliest Irish-American settlers in the valley who, for three generations before her, scratched a living in the rocky soil. In a variety of practical ways—her reservoir of traditional knowledge, her gardens, her songs and stories—she communicated the values and traditions of her upbringing to modern audiences.

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Mountain Farm--Lavender and Baby Goats

Today, traditional crops continue to be cultivated along with many newer introductions.

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Heritage Garden at North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the finest public gardens in the Southern Appalachians. Arboretum exhibits emphasize connections between local culture and the landscape and its gentle trails are popular for woodland walks.

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Cradle of Forestry in America

Cradle of Forestry in America

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Biodiversity in Western NC

Biodiversity in Western NC

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Ramps

Ramps

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Irene and Joan Moser

Appalachian scholars and oldtime musicians

Swannanoa, NC (Buncombe County)

Sisters Joan and Irene Moser follow in the footsteps of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, and of their father, Artus Moser, in being scholars as well as artists in the traditions of their native North Carolina mountains. The Moser family is distinguished in the fields of Appalachian studies and folklore for their two generations' collection of and scholarship in mountain traditions, particularly music, storytelling and plant lore, and as long-time educators in these fields.

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