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Ground Rules

Garden Scene

Georgia’s garden expert, Walter Reeves, offers a week-by-week guide to gardening in May

Week One

Treat azaleas for lace bugs
Treat for azalea lace bugs if you’ve had problems in the past. Insecticidal soap, horticultural oil and synthetic insecticide chemicals all work well, sprayed under the leaves.

Check trees for beetles
Look for tiny “toothpicks” on the trunk of your Japanese maple, Kwansan cherry and other small landscape trees. The Asian ambrosia beetle is spreading death-dealing fungus inside the trunk.

Plant summer flowers
Plant coleus, geraniums, petunias and vinca for summer-long color in your landscape.

Level your lawn
Fill the ruts and low spots in your lawn with a 1:1 mixture of sand and topsoil. Sweep with a broom afterwards to expose growing grass blades.

Week Two

Ward off caterpillars
Apply Bacillus thuringiensis to cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower to ward off cabbage looper caterpillar damage as these plants mature.

Trim crape myrtle sprouts
Snip off sprouts from the base and lower trunk of crape myrtles that are being trained to grow in an upright tree form.

Remove dead limbs
Remove leafless limbs from shade trees. If they don’t have leaves by now, they won’t be coming back.

Divide your irises
Dig, divide and transplant your crowded irises to a better location, if needed, after they bloom.

Prune azaleas
Prune early flowering azaleas now that they have finished blooming. Remove tall sprouts at their base, inside the shrub.

Week Three

Prune rhododendrons
Pinch out the growing tips of rhododendron limbs now that flowers are gone. You’ll get many more flowers next year.

Plant herbs for mealtime flavor
Plant rosemary, basil, oregano, dill and other herbs to use in time for some tasty summer meals.

Mulch tomatoes
Place a newspaper mulch 10 sheets thick under tomato plants to prevent leaf diseases. Cover with any organic mulch.

Plant more vegetables
Plant corn, squash, beans and peas now that the soil is quite warm. Make another planting of corn in two weeks.

Make an automatic waterer
Drill a one-eighth-inch hole in the cap of a two-liter soft drink bottle. Fill the bottle, cap it and upend it in the soil of your patio plants to slowly water them during the day.

Week Four

Control fire ants
Control fire ants by lightly scattering a bait over your lawn. Forty-eight hours later, use an insecticide on any large mounds you can see. Repeat in September.

Water your plants
Plants need an inch of water per week. What’s an inch of water? If rainfall or irrigation fills an empty soup can to a depth of one inch, that’s just what plants need.

Help your houseplants
Don’t put rocks in the bottom of houseplant pots. They actually decrease drainage and aeration for the plant roots.

Water at night
The best time to water is between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall the next day and prevents disease.

Used by permission, Garden expert, writer, radio and television host Walter Reeves hosted Georgia Public Television’s “Your Southern Garden,” DIY Network’s “Garden Sense” and “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” on Atlanta’s WSB radio.


Friendly, Festive & Fun


Photos courtesy of VisitGreenvilleSC

See why this old textile-town-turned-travel-hot-spot was ranked the No. 1 Friendliest City in the United States and the No. 6 Best Small City in the United States in the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

In this work-from-home age, Greenville, South Carolina has garnered attention as one of the nation’s top Zoom Towns. Telecommuters are leaving behind large metropolitan areas to move to affordable, laid-back locales like this Upstate South Carolina city to set up shop at home.

Perhaps you don’t want to go to that extreme, however. That’s OK – because in recent years this newly minted Zoom Town also has become a Boom Town for travel and tourism.

Natives of Greenville, which is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills, are happy to share their hometown with guests.

“When you get here, you feel like a local very quickly,” says Ty Houck, the Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism director of greenways, natural and historic resources.

Downtown Dazzle
Weekend visitors to the pedestrian friendly city can park their cars downtown and never use them again until they leave. Those who want to give their feet a break – or dip a toe in every available experience – can take a carriage ride or hop aboard the free, open-air trolley downtown.

Featuring wide, tree-lined sidewalks, Main Street stretches from the north end of town near NOMA Square, downtown’s largest plaza, and ONE City Plaza to the classic minor-league ballpark in the city’s West End.

In between, specialty boutiques; marquee retailers; fabulous galleries; the Peace Center, the city’s performing arts venue; diverse chef-driven restaurants and a variety of hotels line the street.

At RiverPlace, visitors can meander along the Reedy River among the restaurants, shops, condos and open artist studios.

Festival Fun
From concerts and craft beer festivals to movies and dancing on The Plaza, Greenville is the site of about 300 events a year, many with free admission.

The TD Saturday Market on Main Street — named one of the “Top 10 Markets in the South” by Deep South Magazine and one of “The South’s Best Farmers’ Markets” by Southern Living — will take place Saturdays from 8 a.m. – noon from May through October on a scaled-back basis this year. Precautions will be in place to ensure the safety of vendors and shoppers.

The 17th annual Artisphere, a nationally recognized fine arts festival, will take place on four blocks downtown May 7 – 9. This year Artisphere will be gated, with timed and ticketed entry to regulate crowd size. Masks are required, and hand sanitizing and washing stations will be placed throughout the festival grounds. Social distancing also will be encouraged.

The festival has been named the Best Overall Arts Fair by (the top website for art fair event listings) and landed in third place in the 2015 USA Today Reader’s Choice Contest for Best Art Festival.

“The arts is certainly one of our largest draws,” says Sunny Mullarkey, a local artist and muralist.

Art for Art’s Sake
It doesn’t take a festival to appreciate the arts, however. Transforming the city itself into an open-air gallery, public art is the pride of the city. The Art in Public Places walking tour includes sculptures such as Octo 2 and Reminiscence.

For young children – or for the child in you, Mice on Main is a collection of nine bronze mice that are hidden along five blocks of Main Street between the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Poinsett hotels. The sculptures, conceived by a local student for his senior project and crafted by local artist Zan Wells, were inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved children’s book, Goodnight Moon.

The Greenville County Museum of Art, considered the premier American art museum in the South, is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by American artist Andrew Wyeth.

There’s even artistry in the architecture. Five mills are under renovation, and the Center for Creative Arts was one of the first entities to move into a repurposed mill.

Fare Game
When it comes to fine dining, Greenville doesn’t play around. In the last three years, four restaurants have been nominated for James Beard Awards. Offering Southern specialties and international cuisine, independent coffee and doughnut shops, ice cream shops and rooftop bars, the city’s nationally recognized culinary scene plates something for every mood or taste.

Many downtown restaurants offer sidewalk dining. In addition, most of the restaurants on Main Street put out water for dogs, making Greenville as pet friendly as it is pedestrian friendly.

Nose Dive, a gastropub that serves urban comfort food (think chicken and waffles, fish and chips, seasonal salads and burgers) even has a dog menu. Aryana serves Afghan dishes; Pomegranate on Main offers Persian fare; Pita House has Middle Eastern cuisine; Golden Llama serves Peruvian food.

Pickwick Pharmacy, which opened in 1947, has been named one of the “Best Soda Fountains in the U.S.” Locals also love Pink Mama’s Ice Cream for its ice cream treats, hand-crafted sweets, coffee drinks, and dairy-free and vegan options.

With 18 breweries in Greenville County, a craft beer culture is flourishing in the area. To get a taste of the hand-crafted beverages, the Brewery Experience takes visitors to various pour houses with public and private tours.

Thomas Creek Brewery is considered the cornerstone of the local craft beer marketplace, and its Trifecta IPA is one of Greenville’s top-selling beers. The award-winning Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom in Travelers Rest is hopping as well.

The Greenville BBQ Trail provides samplings at local favorites Bucky’s Bar-B-Q, Henry’s Smokehouse and Mike & Jeff’s BBQ plus behind-the-scenes looks at the restaurants’ cooking techniques as well as servings of their history and Greenville barbecue lore.

Another popular barbecue spot is Bobby’s BBQ, featuring two 21-foot smokers, affectionately called Grace and Mercy, that can hold 20 racks of ribs.

“Barbecue is definitely a labor of love,” says Tay Nelson, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Sara. “Here we do it Texas style, and we use all wood.” Brisket is the restaurant’s best seller. However, Tay shares one more secret: “Banana pudding is our kryptonite.”

Outdoor Oasis
Visitors can have a blast at the city’s many outdoor amenities as well.

“We literally have more than 100 parks, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are in our backyard,” Houck says. 

Falls Park on the Reedy, recently ranked as one of the nation’s “Top 10 U.S. Parks” along with the heady company of Golden Gate Park and Central Park, is the hub of downtown activity. The 32-acre park’s pedestrian-only Liberty Bridge, the only single-sided suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere, spans the Reedy River. The bridge also offers spectacular views of the city skyline and Reedy River Falls.

Several pieces of public art have a home in the park as well. The “Rose Crystal Tower,” a sculpture by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly, resembles pink rock candy. “Falls Lake Falls,” a commissioned sculpture by internationally recognized artist Bryan Hunt, is the second in an edition of three (the original is in Tokyo) and the only piece of its kind on this continent.

“Outdoors is the inspiration for our art,” Houck says.

In addition, the park houses the Greenville Zoo, a 14-acre facility featuring wildlife such as giraffes, monkeys, lions, giant tortoises and Amur leopards.

The multi-use park also includes gardens and stonework, and its network of pedestrian pathways winds past outdoor amphitheaters that host everything from concerts and festivals to Moonlight Movies and Shakespeare in the Park. Swamp Rabbit Trail, a world-class, 22-mile paved path for walkers, runners and cyclists, goes through Falls Park as well.

Despite its popularity, Swamp Rabbit Trail is perfect for social distancing. “If you put everybody on a bike, they’re sort of naturally six feet apart,” Houck says.

Just 10 minutes from downtown, Paris Mountain State Park has four lakes, a swimming area (complete with kayaks, canoes and pedal boats for rent), playground, campground and 15 miles of hiking and biking trails.

Jones Gap State Park in northern Greenville County features 60 miles of hiking trails. Anglers can fish for mountain trout, and, depending on the season, hikers can see wildflowers or an explosion of fall color.

Jones Gap connects to Caesars Head State Park in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, a 13,000-acre area of Southern mountain forest. Hikers can take a number of loop and traverse trails that connect the parks, and trailside camping is available for those who choose the longer routes.

Known for its waterfalls and panoramic views that extend into Georgia and North Carolina, Caesars Head also is a prime viewing spot during “Hawk Watch,” the fall migration of thousands of hawks on their way to South America.

Bring your binoculars, and you might spot other rapid-flying raptors such as bald eagles, Mississippi kites, American kestrels, turkey vultures and peregrine falcons. Two hiking trails lead to Raven Cliff Falls, which is South Carolina’s tallest waterfall at 420 feet.

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By Morgan Davis

No Place Like Home

In The Home

Photography by Sally Kolar

After more than a dozen years in their River Island home, this Evans family keeps making it better with improvements inside and out

Four years ago Lynn and Marcus Thompson of Evans were about to put their River Island home, where they have lived for 12 1/2 years, on the market. They painted the interior rooms neutral colors to ready it for sale, but then they reconsidered.

This was the house where they raised their children, Abigail, 24, and Andrew, 17, and at that time, their son was a year away from entering high school.

After all, Lynn and Marcus, who have been married for 27 years, know as well as anyone about the lasting effect those years can have on a teenager. These high school sweethearts met at Augusta Christian when she was 14 and he was 16, so staying in their home felt like the right thing to do.

“We’ve never lived anywhere this long before,” says Lynn. “If we ever move, we would probably stay in River Island and get a lot with a water view.”

In the meantime, though, they have a nice water view at their own house. Once the Thompsons decided they were going to stay put awhile, they started making more home improvements. One of their first orders of business was to call on Pete Alewine Pool & Spa a couple of years ago to build a kidney-shaped gunite pool in their backyard.

Outdoor Entertainment
The pool, which features a tanning shelf, is heated so the Thompsons can use it year-round, and two waterfalls spill from a stacked stone wall into the pool.

“When we added the pool, there wasn’t a neighborhood pool yet,” says Lynn.

To enhance their outdoor entertainment amenities, the Thompsons also added an A-framed pavilion in the backyard last fall. Constructed by carpenter Steve Darr, who did all of the trim work in the house, the pavilion features a ceiling fan, wood beams on the reclaimed pine wood ceiling, a wood-burning brick fireplace with a raised hearth built by brick mason Steve Dye, concrete flooring topped by an area rug, wicker furnishings and a TV hidden behind a pair of barn doors.

“The barn doors are 400 years old, and they came from the bottom of a river,” says Marcus.

Two lanterns of different sizes sit on one side of the hearth, and a set of fireplace tools occupies the other side. A lantern is mounted on the two front columns of the pavilion, and a black Adirondack chair is stationed by the brick base of each column.

“We like to build fires when we sit outside and watch movies and football,” says Lynn. “We like for the kids to stay home and have their friends come here.”

Abigail and her friends enjoy watching movies outside, while Andrew and his football teammates at Augusta Christian like to jump in the pool after spring practice.

They also built a third driveway of brick and recycled concrete on the side of the house to provide ample parking.

“Under the driveways and porches, we used recycled concrete rather than sand or natural stone to create the base and compact it,” Marcus says.

Inside Jobs
Their home improvements have not been confined to the outdoors, however. In the foyer they added a statement-making brick wall that separates the entryway from the great room.

The wall complements other interior features of the home. The Thompsons used antique brick throughout the house as well as reclaimed heart pine wood flooring in the foyer, great room, kitchen, breakfast area and keeping room.

Marcus works for the family business, Thompson Building Wrecking Co., Inc., and the antique brick and heart pine in the house came from a demolished 1881 railroad depot warehouse that the company purchased in downtown Augusta.

The great room features a vaulted ceiling, gas brick fireplace and an overlook from the second story. Built-in bookcases flank either side of the fireplace, and the back walls of the bookcases, which once were highlighted by a red faux finish, are now a neutral color.

The kitchen includes granite countertops, a noche tumbled stone tile backsplash and recessed lighting. A trio of rectangular pendant lights with a single Edison lightbulb in each one hangs above the peninsula, and another rectangular pendant light with three Edison lightbulbs hangs above the island.

In the adjoining breakfast area, more Edison lightbulbs illuminate the chandelier with rectangular and square shapes above the distressed white trestle farmhouse table. Four distressed white wood vertical slat back chairs – one at each end and two on one side – provide seating, along with a distressed white trestle bench, for the table.

Tucked in a corner of the keeping room, a distressed white, glass-front display cabinet ties this space to the breakfast area. The keeping room also includes a vaulted ceiling and overlook from the second story.

Wall sconces on an upper part of the wall add a decorative touch to the room. A round mirror with a circular wood frame hangs on a wall above a demi-lune chest.

The antique brick fireplace features an aged crackle finish on the mantel and surround, and a TV is placed on the wall above the fireplace.

“We put the TV in the keeping room about a year ago, and it has become our favorite place to hang out,” says Lynn. “If we’re cooking or eating, it’s more convenient for us to be together in the keeping room.”

In the Thompson household, “together” is the operative word. That’s the main place they like to be – together.

By Sarah James

Pickleball, With Relish


Photography by Nina Hon

The second annual NOT’lanta Open will serve up three days of competition, camaraderie and conviviality for enthusiastic (is there any other kind?) picklers.

If at first you succeed, then try, try again. It works for the NOT’lanta Open, a pickleball tournament that was born last year, if not out of necessity, then out of an unwillingness to be denied.

The inaugural NOT’lanta tournament in Augusta’s Montclair neighborhood was created after last year’s Atlanta Open pickleball tournament was postponed from May until September, then ultimately canceled, due to covid-19.

Many local picklers had planned to attend the Atlanta Open, which draws more than 1,000 players, last fall. Undeterred after it was scrapped, they simply decided to have their own smaller event in September instead. Hence the name, NOT’lanta Open.

“The Atlanta Open is in May every year. It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the United States, and a lot of local players go to it and play in it. There are pros and amateurs there. You get to see the Tiger Woods of pickleball,” says Anne Rheins, the NOT’lanta tournament director and one of four local ambassadors for the USA Pickleball Association.

(Yes, pickleball ambassadors are a thing. These volunteers are dedicated to the sport – a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong – and promote it in their areas.)

NOT’lanta was organized in six weeks, drawing 98 people (mostly locals) to the courts. The outdoor venue allowed plenty of room for social distancing and safe play.

“We haven’t had any covid outbreaks from pickleball, but we didn’t promote it far and wide. We wanted to keep it safe because of covid. Pickleball news spreads fast, though, so we had some people from out of town,” Rheins says. “It went really well, and we said we should do it every year.”

Holding Court
This year’s NOT’lanta Open will be held May 14-16 on eight courts in Montclair, and organizers plan for it to be a permanent prelude to the Atlanta Open, which is scheduled for May 20-23 this year.

“A lot of NOT’lanta people play in the Atlanta Open. They consider it as a warmup week,” Rheins says.

The round robin NOT’lanta tournament will include men’s, women’s and mixed doubles as well as men’s and women’s singles. Brackets will be based on age (16-59 or 60 and older) and skill level (novice – 4.5-plus). Each bracket will include a maximum of eight teams, and each team (or individual) will play one match against every other team (or individual) in the bracket. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive gold, silver and bronze medals.

The event also includes a Friday night social, “HOT OUTTA ATL,” where tournament players can take part in noncompetitive open play with each other. “Open play helps people from out of town get familiar with the courts,” says Rheins.

Music, drawings for door prizes and two food trucks – El Rey and Whipped Creamery – will be part of the social as well. Coolers also are welcome. For registered players only, the social caps off the evening after the competitive matches.

Photography by Nina Hon

Rheins expects the number of participants to max out at about 150 because most people play in more than one bracket.

The deadline to register is May 9 (if the tournament isn’t already full), and the registration fee is $40 plus $10 for each event. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward the purchase of lights for the courts.

Rheins says people like the intimacy of the smaller tournament. “It’s a lot of people that you know. It’s a real community,” she says. “It’s a friendly sport anyway, and people can watch every game.”

The tournament could include a VIP lounge, aka the “Pickle Palace” decorated with a pickleball theme, in the form of a tent or possibly even an Airstream.

“People can buy a VIP pass and go there to drink pickle juice to keep from cramping,” Rheins says. “We’ll probably have a drink of the day and cold towels for the VIPs.”

For many pickleball players, the sport is about fellowship as much as it is about competition. Rheins hopes to keep that spirit in play at the NOT’lanta Open.

“I want people to leave feeling like they had a good time and that this is a high-level tournament to play,” she says. “I want them to make new friends and enjoy the camaraderie and the friendly competition. It’s a great spectator sport. I like to watch other people play. Watching players at the 4.5 level is a thrill.”

Not Just NOT’lanta
Montclair has 155 pickleball memberships, which includes residents of Richmond and Columbia counties. Yearly membership fees are $20 for neighborhood residents and $120 for nonresidents. The courts stay busy year-round – NOT’lanta Open or no NOT’lanta Open.

Rheins teaches free fundamentals classes to beginners, and other round robin tournaments and private lessons are available. Held twice a year, Zero-Zero-New is another popular event in which a coach is stationed at every court to help new players with fundamentals.

A host also is on duty to facilitate open play for members on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and weekday mornings. At the morning open play sessions Monday through Friday, different skill levels are scheduled on the courts at different times.

Not that hardcore picklers need still more reasons to play, but the holidays offer additional opportunities for them to pick up their paddles. Other Montclair pickleball festivities include the Thanksgiving Throwdown (the day after Turkey Day), the Holly Jolly Christmas Party and, of course, World Pickleball Day on October 10.

Occasions such as cookouts, Pig ‘n’ Pickle and Friday Night Lights come with a side of pickle as well.

“Pickleball is not prim and proper like tennis. It doesn’t matter what you wear. It’s a serious sport, but we still do fun things,” says Rheins. “Anybody who’s really athletic picks it up very quickly.”

For more information about pickleball or the NOT’lanta Open, contact Rheins at (706) 399-4958 or

By Betsy Gilliland

Glazed Cinnamon Twists

  • 6 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups non-fat milk, at 120 degrees

Cinnamon filling:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 tablespoon honey

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 4 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour will have a slightly different texture), sugar, salt and yeast. Stir in eggs, butter and milk until just starting to combine.

With mixer on low, slowly add remaining 2 cups flour. Replace paddle with a dough hook and beat 5-8 minutes or until smooth and dough starts to pull away from bowl when mixing (it will be sticky). Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and add dough. Cover with towel and let rise 50-60 minutes until doubled in size.

Turn onto well-floured surface and punch down. Roll out to 24×12 rectangle and spread with softened butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and both sugars. Gently fold dough in half width-wise. Cut into 1-inch strips along the length side. Twist each strip and tie in a bun knot.

Place on baking sheet and cover with clean cloth; let rise 20-30 minutes or until twists puff and dough is extremely soft to the touch. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake 10-12 minutes or until twists start to turn golden brown.

While knots are baking, stir together glaze ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and cool. Brush glaze over twists and serve warm. Makes 16.

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Realtor Pam Lightsey has been around  the real estate business for as long as she can remember. As a little girl in Arizona, she used to get in the car on weekends with her sisters to help their mom put up real estate signs or check on properties.

Pam pursued a different career path, working at Augusta University for 30 years. After her 2019 retirement, however, she was ready to begin the next chapter in her life and decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

The skills she acquired in her first career while working with students, faculty and staff are serving her well in her real estate career. “I took those problem-solving and people skills and am using them to serve my clients,” says Pam, who is a military relocation professional.

“As a long-time Rotary member, it is also important to me to live by the Rotary motto – Service Above Self – and follow their four-way test: is it truthful, is it fair to all concerned, does it build goodwill and better friendships and is it beneficial to all concerned?”

She always listens to her clients to understand their needs, and she communicates with them about the entire process every step of the way.

“There are so many moving parts in a transaction, and, whether I’m working with buyers or sellers, it is equally rewarding to help my clients get to closing day,” Pam says. “Listening and communicating are the keys to getting there successfully.” From attorneys, inspectors and appraisers to electricians, plumbers and HVAC personnel, Pam develops a close relationship with everyone involved in the transaction. “It is important to trust those working for your clients,” she says. “Real estate is not a 9-5 job, and I love being there for them. I enjoy serving my clients and finding what works best for them.”

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