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Bugbane, Buttercup’s Cousin

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemose) is from the Ranunculaceae family and is a cousin of the Buttercup.  It’s from the genus cimicifuga which translates to “bug flight,” rendering the common name for Cohosh or Bugbane because of its bug-repellent qualities. Other names for this plant are Black Rattlesnake or Rattlesnake Root, because it is also known for treating snake bites.  This …

A Garden in Every Season

The Highlands Nature Center at the Highlands Biological Station may not be physically open, but we continue to provide the Plateau community and beyond with environmental content and resources that can be enjoyed from the comfort of home.  In order to connect with our community during the pandemic, the Highlands Biological Foundation transitioned some of our in-person programming to virtual …

A Great Escape

What a wild year 2020 has been so far!   Most all of us were affected one way or the other this past spring by the effects of Covid–19.  Even if you weren’t directly impacted by the virus, or even the quarantine, it’s almost a given that your stress levels went up a bit.  Whether they have found a cure …


The Carolinian Catbird

The Gray Catbird gets its vernacular name from its distinctive vocalization that sounds like a cat’s mew. Not somewhat like a cat’s mew, the call is a clear feline “mew.” Prepare to be surprised.  The Catbird’s formidable Latin name is Dumetella carolinensis, which refers to its being a small thornbush dweller in the Carolinas. Yes, it’s a Carolinian. Not our …

Seductive Panthertown

Check out Wilderness Falls and Frolictown Falls in a gorgeous two-mile loop trek that can be done in an hour or two in Panthertown Valley’s west side. The Valley is over 6,000 acres of protected forest land in Jackson County between Cashiers and Lake Toxaway.  There are entrances on the east and west sides of the Valley, Wilderness and Frolictown …

Trunk Shows at Narcissus

This summer, Narcissus in Cashiers is highlighting a trunk show by Lafayette 148, a New York-based company. The show will take place Thursday, July 9, through Saturday, July 11. The line features modern, sophisticated, luxurious, Italian designer fabrics in a wide range of sizes – from petite to regular, and women’s XL.  Then, on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday July 30, ShuShu, …


80 Years on Main Street

Wit’s End, a family-owned and managed retail store opened in the summer of 1940, six months before the start of World War II. To say the business has weathered its share of economic storms during its 80 years is an understatement.  Susie Young explained that after closing for two months this year, Wit’s End, like other businesses in Highlands, reopened …

Through Eyes of a Master Jeweler

Bijou, the new jewelry store at 177 West Main Street in Highlands, is appropriately named, as it’s indeed a small, delicate and exquisitely wrought jewel. Master jeweler Laurel Parham-Martinez has created the perfect showcase for her one of a kind creations. Laurel is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a bachelor of fine art in …

Feel-Good Shopping

Now that we can stroll downtown Highlands again, it’s time to catch up one of the town’s most popular summertime activities – shopping.  It’s no exaggeration that over the decades, the town has built up an astonishing collection of shops and galleries and boutiques that draws casual browsers and serious shoppers from around the country.  CK Swan and Harllee Gallery …


Peace, Love, & Laurent Perrier

Old Edwards Inn is known for its love of hosting parties, innovative and collaborative events that focus on and present their favorite finds.   That’s precisely what they’ll do on July 30, at the Peace, Love, and Laurent Perrier Party at The Farm.  The evening, featuring the champagnes of Laurent Perrier, promises to recapture the easy swinging style and laid-back …

Adult Snickerdoodles

A rtist Carol Misner has the warm and happy smile of someone you want to  befriend.  An engaging and exuberant woman she exudes the same grace, elegance and gentility of her paintings.    For nearly two decades,  the painterly storyteller has been creating her famed botanical paintings.  Her illustrations, prized for the fragility and beauty she discovers in nature in …

The Pleasure of Dining Out

Are you like me?  Has your outlook brightened by a factor of eight with the return of that supremely gratifying experience of Dining Out?  Not that plating a takeout dinner in the comfort of home didn’t have its own subtle charm, but the restaurant experience is singularly indulgent, with its own nonpareil suite of pleasures.   All of these blessings …