ON THE COVER
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
10 must-have herbs to grow in your garden
by Caroline Parsley
Many of us dream of having a flourishing fruit and vegetable garden in our own backyard with ingredients for tonight’s dinner only a few steps away. Yet many of us also find the idea of cultivating a garden to be intimidating and unrealistic. The solution? Start an herb garden! It’s an easy first step into the world of gardening as herbs are among the easiest plants to grow. They can even be planted in pots as well as the ground. And contrary to popular belief, many herbs are sturdy enough to last beyond the summertime months.
Growing your own herbs is not only easy to do, but also easy on your wallet. Store-bought herbs can be expensive, and the fresher the herbs, the better the flavor. The best reason to start an herb garden is simply the fact that herbs are delicious! These plants make great additions to virtually everything; the flavor of vegetables, grilled meats, pastas, and even beverages can be dramatically enhanced when topped with fresh, chopped herbs.
Not sure which herbs to choose? Read about our top ten must-have herbs to plant in your garden.
Civil War reenacting Behind the Lines
Spotsylvania gears up for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness
By Katie Manning
Civil War reenactor Terry Dougherty marches across a former Civil War battleground in a crisp Confederate-soldier uniform, gripping his single-shot Whitworth rifle. He’s on a mission to convert a young boy into a soldier. He hones in on his target and asks the boy if he’d like to fire a musket.
Dougherty hands over the weapon. Close your eyes, he says. He points to an imaginary line of soldiers. They’re coming to pillage your property, ransack your home, eat your cow, and steal your horse.
“You’re going to do everything you can to protect your mother and your family. You’re going to take sight on that blue line, and you’re going to find you one, and you’re going to smite him, and send him to meet his maker,” he says.
And then the boy’s eyes open. He tucks the gun between his cheek and shoulder. He aims. He fires. Bam. He beams.
“I want to smite one,” a girl yells as she runs to Dougherty.
He steps back from retelling the war story and pauses for emphasis. He has a flair for the dramatic.
Moment From the Image Collection of photographer Robert Llewellyn
An aerial shot of the Lawn at the University of Virginia.
Robert Llewellyn has been photographing Virginia for over thirty years, and more than thirty books featuring his stunning photography are in print. Some of his books include Remarkable Trees of Virginia; Empires in the Forest; Jamestown and the Beginning of America; Albemarle: A Story of Landscape and American Identity; and Mr. Jefferson’s Upland Virginia. Bob and his wife, Bobbi, live in Albemarle County. www.robertllewellyn.com
Taking The Waters
The usage of water therapy as a source of relaxation and healing is a time-honored tradition that has roots in the cultures all over the world. One way to reap the benefits of water therapy during this allergy-ridden month is by taking a soak in a natural hot spring—the high mineral content and soothing heat have been thought to improve a variety of health issues, especially respiratory problems brought on by allergy season. Virginia is home to several springs, one of the most famous being the Jefferson Pools in Bath County. Archeologists have found evidence of at least 9,000 years of human use of these local waters.
By Louise B. Parsley
Among the simpler breadcrumbs my father sprinkled across my life, one was always slightly puzzling: Marry an orphan. After three decades of membership on Team Parsley (immediate family, 57 and counting), I think I understand what he meant.
Extended Parsley family gatherings at-large can be as hair-raising as zip lining through a jungle. Entire branches of the family tree whoosh by as first/second/third cousins-once-removed on my husband’s uncle’s wife’s son’s first cousin’s nephew’s side careen through the door.
From a perfect 2.3 kids family, I was drawn to The Bob’s great, big, crazy 4-H-project-that-got-out-of-hand, football-game-waiting-to-happen patch of Parsley like a moth to the flame. The air fraught with not-so-quiet dysfunction where everyone is so busy interrupting that no one has a chance to butt in. Their shared history, nicknames, inside jokes, and gentle gang mentality of knowing which buttons to press fascinated me. The intrigue, passion and no secrets … positively heady.
As featured in the December/January 2011-12 issue of albemarle Magazine
Special Section: Giving, Volunteering, and Nonprofit Service to Our Community
Our area nonprofit organizations touch our daily lives in countless ways: assistance and caring for our most vulnerable people; education and mentoring of youth and adults; artistic and cultural enrichment; protection and preservation of our natural and historic resources; spiritual and religious fulfillment; and many other vital services to our community.
albemarle magazine recognizes the many ways in which nonprofits build personal connections, enhance communities, and strengthen lives. All across the United States and especially in our local community, the lives of individuals have been touched—or will be touched—in some way by a non-profit organization.
The following section contains a sampling of the numerous worthy charities, services, and organizations in our surrounding communities. Nonprofits are essential to our quality of life. Find an organization from the list and choose to give, volunteer, or serve. Your contribution large or small, can really make a difference.
Images from The Holsinger Studio Collection Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, 434-924-3025, www2.lib.virginia.edu/small/