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Bookstore explores outdoors in the Carolinas

The Fountainhead Bookstore at 408 N. Main St. will explore the “Pleasures of the Outdoors in the Carolinas” in a daylong event on Saturday, July 11.
Guest speakers are Mary Holcombe, Dr. Timothy Spira, Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, columnist Betty Montgomery and Neil Regan.

Hiking, gardening, an abundance of natural beauty and a plethora of flora and fauna abound in the area. The participating authors and speakers will give presentations on these subjects, and how their books relate to them. Schedule:

  • 10 a.m.: Mary Holcombe, owner of Southern Heritage Nursery, will talk about native plants and answer questions about your landscape/planting issues. Southern Heritage Nursery will have plants for sale in the Book Club room after Holcombe’s talk.
  • 11 a.m.: Timothy Spira, whose research interests include ecology and natural history of the southern Appalachian Mountains and adjoining Piedmont, is a professor at Clemson University. His newest book is “Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians.”
  • Noon: Jennifer Frick-Ruppert is a professor at Brevard College. Her book “Mountain Nature” explores the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians and the webs of interdependence that connect them.
  • 2 p.m.: Popular gardening author and syndicated columnist Betty Montgomery will talk about her book “Four-Season Southern Garden.”
  • 3 p.m. - Neil Regan will speak on his book, “Great Waterfalls of North Carolina,” which covers the art of photographing waterfalls and contains color photographs of each waterfall, along with detailed, easy-to-follow driving directions to the trailheads and hiking or biking directions once you’re on the trails.

Tickets are $5, which can be used as a $5 voucher toward purchase of the presenting authors’ books.