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Asheville Plant Life

Fall Color in the North Carolina Mountains: the When, Where and How

by Mike Scow, Naturalist and Ecotour Guide with Asheville Hiking Tours Starting with stark contrast against the dark spruce and fir of the highest peaks around 6000 ft, deciduous trees transform from the lush green of summer to the array of colors in autumn. Elevation plays a crucial role in the display over the next…

Orchids Native to the Blue Ridge Mountains

by Amanda Hastings, former Ecotour Guide for Asheville Hiking Tours Want to observe exquisite orchids in their wild, natural environment, yet not quite ready to book a trip to the tropics or a remote island somewhere? Many may be shocked to learn these enchanting plants live in a variety of environments outside of tropical rainforests…

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