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Alabama wild ginger

by Tony Avent I grew up in a wooded section of west Raleigh. As a shy kid, I spent most of my spare time roaming through the woods along Crabtree Creek, where Crabtree Valley shopping center would eventually sprout. One of…

Making dreams come true

The Kowalczyks open up their home to help make a difference in the lives of children in Wake County by Jesma Reynolds interior photographs by Catherine Nguyen event photographs by Jillian Clark When Gretchen and Phil Kowalczyk moved in to their new raleigh…

Wings of a fairy, horns of a goat

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson Epimediums, or fairy wings, are perennial members of the barberry family, which have been popular since at least the mid-1700s. This woodland shade perennial flowers in early spring, and can trace its popularity to an…

North Carolina’s Executive Mansion

by Liza Roberts photographs by Catherine Nguyen Living above the store is a good way to ensure working around the clock. Even when “the store” is a gorgeous 1891 Queen Anne Victorian mansion set on nearly five lush acres, there’s an…

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