Fall Gardener’s Corner

Fall Gardener’s Corner

With Director of Horticulture Eric Kimbrel A chill is in the air now as summer temperatures disappear and warm air no longer wraps around us. In exchange is a mosaic of colors so vibrant one just stares into nature’s mural. Our plants are doing some behind-the-scenes...
Trees, Meet Virginia

Trees, Meet Virginia

On Friday, September 30, a 26-foot U-Haul truck drove up the mountain to our nursery to collect some of our long-term residents. We spent the day loading up 1,000 of our red spruce trees, most of which were three to six years old, planted in one gallon pots. Due to...
Meet Ruby

Meet Ruby

Deep in the Pisgah National Forest just southwest of Asheville, N.C., stands a magnificent tree tucked away from the human hustle. For nearly a century she’s held vigil over her community of steadfast, slow-growing, photosynthesizing friends, as well as innumerable...
Cullowhee Conference Returns

Cullowhee Conference Returns

Photo: Cowee Mound captured by Kody Stanley during a conference field trip. Cowee was an important center of 18th-century Cherokee life and the site of many brutal attacks by British and American forces during the American Revolution.   Day to day, hour to hour,...
SHR Leads Red Spruce Restoration

SHR Leads Red Spruce Restoration

Big plans are sprouting at Southern Highlands Reserve. We are proud to announce that SHR has been tapped by the federal government to take the lead in red spruce restoration for the Southern Appalachian Mountain region. In order to reach goals set with partners...