Happy National Pollinator Week! “Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. “ Guest blog post by Roxann Ward, author of Color-Rich Gardening for the South: A Guide For all Seasons There is nothing more heart-breaking than walking through your garden with a glass of wine at the end of a… Continue Reading Deer Don’t Eat Camellias and Other Lies I’ve Told Myself
Guest blog post by Roxann Ward, author of Color-Rich Gardening For the South: A Guide for All Seasons The organic gardening discussion has been going on for decades, and in 2021 the availability of organically-grown food is something we take for granted. While it is easy to pick up that container of organic strawberries to… Continue Reading Giving Up the Blue Stuff: A First Step Toward Organic Gardening
Today we welcome a guest post by Georgann Eubanks, author of The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year, just published by UNC Press. Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, The Month of Their Ripening takes readers… Continue Reading Georgann Eubanks: Bigger is Rarely Better
Here’s the final entry in our series, Mushroom of the Month, brought to you by Michael W. Hopping, co-author of A Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Carolinas: A Southern Gateways Guide — this month it’s Cortinarius argentatus. Mushrooms in the wild present an enticing challenge: some are delicious, others are deadly, and still others… Continue Reading Mushroom of the Month, September 2018: Cortinarius argentatus
Today we welcome a guest post by Georgann Eubanks, author of The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year, just published by UNC Press. Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, The Month of Their Ripening takes readers… Continue Reading Georgann Eubanks: Marking the Textures of a Year
Lucy K. Bradley discusses the publication of the North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook with John McLeod, director of the Office of Scholarly Publishing Services at UNC Press. The book was published by the NC State Extension earlier in April, and is available now in both print and ebook editions. The North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook… Continue Reading Author Interview: A conversation with Lucy K. Bradley, co-editor of the North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook
Happy Summer! In honor of the summer solstice, we’re posting our suggestions for your summer reading list. If you’re planning a fun tropical vacation or just heading to your neighborhood pool, UNC Press has your perfect summer read. Pick up a fun guidebook or new biography, and don’t forget about our 40% sale! Continue Reading UNC Press Summer Reading List
As we approach Father’s Day, I am transported to his backyard garden. Some of my favorite moments with my Papa were made in that sacred space where vegetables, fruits, and flowers grew. Continue Reading Bridgette A. Lacy: Father’s Day Memories
Ellis talks about the origins of the book, her lifelong interest in plants, why she doesn’t use herbicides, and more.
Continue Reading Video: Barbara Ellis on Chesapeake Gardening and Landscaping
Feeders are just one option for attracting birds to your yard. The way landscape plantings are arranged, the plants you grow, and the gardening techniques you use all play roles in encouraging birds to make a home in your backyard.
Use the ten tips below to welcome a wider variety of birds to your landscape. You will find more information on attracting birds and other wildlife, including lists of recommended native plants, and plants that attract hummingbirds, in Chesapeake Gardening and Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide. Continue Reading Barbara W. Ellis: 10 Tips for Attracting Birds to Your Landscape
Whether you want to redesign your entire landscape, find a project for this weekend, or simply reduce overall outdoor maintenance, taking steps to make your garden greener, or more sustainable, may be the answer. Sustainable landscaping is a way to design and care for yards, gardens, and the larger landscape to create outdoor spaces that are attractive and healthy for humans, wildlife, pets, and the environment as a whole. Growing greener does not have to entail huge effort or become a life-altering process. While enthusiastic gardeners may be inspired to plant a wildflower meadow or create a native woodland garden, far simpler steps also can be beneficial. Continue Reading Barbara W. Ellis: 6 Tips for Creating an Eco-Friendly Landscape
My summer begins when I bite into a perfect Brandywine or Cherokee Purple—whichever ripens first. The flavor is part of my taste memory, yet still—each season—the experience is fresh and new. Tomatoes are the reason I plant my garden. Continue Reading Miriam Rubin: Talking Tomatoes
For the month of July, we’re shining the spotlight on all of our great foodways and cookbook titles here at UNC Press. We’re very excited about our forthcoming fall lineup that’s peppered with delightful foodie treats. Here’s a little amuse-bouche: Editor Stephen A. McLeod, with the help of staff members at Mount Vernon, brings us… Continue Reading A Book to Please Every Palate
Farm Fresh North Carolina author Diane Daniel recently appeared on Charlotte Today. In this feature she offers tips on when to go to market, how to plan in advance, and how to keep it local.
Well, it’s the last day of our celebration of National Wildflower Week. We’ve given you a lot to read about so far, so now that it’s Friday, let’s look at some pictures of flowers! These beautiful images come from another backlist favorite, Wild Flowers of North Carolina, by WIlliam S. Justice, photographer and botanist, C.… Continue Reading National Wildflower Week concludes–with pretty pictures!
How to rescue native plants whose habitat is under threat. An excerpt from Harry R. Phillips’ book Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers.’ Continue Reading National Wildflower Week Day 4: Rescuing Threatened Native Plants
How to treat the landscape to ensure we can continue to enjoy the bounty of wildflowers the Blue Ridge Parkway has to offer. Continue Reading The Ten Commandments of Wildflower Conservation: National Wildflower Week Continues!
Continuing our celebration of National Wildflower Week: check out Bruce Sorrie’s new Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region. Continue Reading National Wildflower Week Day 2: Off to the Sandhills Region with Bruce A. Sorrie
Cookbook author Sheri Castle shares her monthly recipe: Asparagus in crisp ham with lemony deviled eggs. Continue Reading Asparagus in Crisp Ham with Lemony Deviled Eggs
Today we remember the late B. W. Wells, plant ecologist, conservationist, and author of The Natural Gardens of North Carolina. On March 26th, Rock Cliff Farm, Wells’s place of retirement, is celebrating B.W. Wells Heritage Day, with tours, activities, giveaways, and exhibits that recall the life and work of this pioneering ecologist. His work lives… Continue Reading Celebrating B.W. Wells