Author: L. Stevens

The World’s Only Carnivorous Plant Garden

Tucked behind a Wilmington elementary school, in a grassy open hidden by a grove of tall pine trees, is the The Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, the only garden in the world dedicated to carnivorous plants. Among the grass grow pitcher plants, sundews, and Venus Flytraps, which are native only to a small area within 60 miles of Wilmington. The garden both serves as a showcase for these plants and an effort to conserve them. The Venus flytraps were not in season when I visited last November, but there many varieties of active pitchers plants to admire.

On the Road

View of the Great Smokey Mountains from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stretching along the Tennessee/North Carolina border, “The Smokies” were given their name by the Cherokee, because of the natural fog that hangs over the mountain range. The Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration, and was designed to connect Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park via a roadway. It is the most visited part of the National Park system.