Exploring the Rockies in autumn on foot

Sep 27, 2014

Exploring the Rockies in autumn on foot

by Lindsey Tanner

No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate. The beauty is almost unearthly, and autumn is one of the best times to experience it. Aspen trees turn brilliant ...

Glimpses of Lafcadio Hearn's Matsue

Sep 20, 2014

Glimpses of Lafcadio Hearn's Matsue

by Stephen Mansfield

The Matsue-bound train I boarded at Okayama Station was pointedly named Yakumo, a reference to its destination’s best-known former resident: Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), whose adopted Japanese name was Yakumo Koizumi. Although Hearn stayed in Matsue for only a year, he developed a ...

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

Sep 20, 2014

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

by Jamie Stengle

Visitors to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, can stroll along paths featuring colorful blooms abuzz with butterflies, relax while swinging under towering oaks, let their children play in a new family garden, get ideas for using native plants in their ...

Czech Republic restores 17th-century garden

Sep 13, 2014

Czech Republic restores 17th-century garden

by Karel Janice

A visit to the Flower Garden in the eastern Czech city of Kromeriz is like traveling 300 years back in time. With its original geometrical layout and high topiary walls, it’s a rare example of an early baroque garden style. And it’s now reclaiming ...