For thousands of years, people have used the oil of lavender flowers to relax, encourage restful sleep, soothe burns, and to treat a wide array of skin, nerve, and joint diseases. For growers David McGee-Williams and Gail Winslow, the lavender farm they’ve built on a California hillside helps revitalize them after a long week at work. “There’s something about this plant,” says Winslow. “It just gives back.”
He Digs History
For years after the Civil War, people in Franklin, Tenn., wanted to simply forget the bloody battle that took place here. Carnton Plantation, however, typifies the preservationist approach that’s taken hold now. Working with the Carnton board, landscaper Justin Stelter has helped restore the gardens to a beautiful, historically accurate state.
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Along the ridge west of Jere and Emilee Gettle’s home near Mansfield, Mo., is a pioneer village called Bakersville, a fanciful place that promotes the family’s business, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. “It’s our goal to preserve all the amazing stories and traditions that make heirloom seeds so special,” Jere says. “These seeds bring history alive…literally.”
Although there are more than 6,000 apple varieties in the U.S., only 11 make up 90% of all supermarket apple sales. “There are thousands of varieties that haven’t undergone breeding programs aimed at making them look good and last longer on store shelves,” says Rick Godsil, Gardner, Kan. “So whether you have room for an entire orchard or just a few trees, you can have a lot of fun researching these varieties, then growing them with your family.”