Do you know about the World War II Connection with the OBX?

The Outer Banks of North Carolina became Torpedo Junction in the Battle for the Atlantic during the early years of World War II. German Nazi u-boats, also called wolf packs, terrorized Allied shipping until the Allies were able to turn the tide in 1942. Entire ships and their crews disappeared beneath the waves of the Atlantic. The loss of life, munitions and supplies was horrific.

These cemeteries remain on the Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as a reminder—a little piece of British soil carefully tended on the Banks. These are the graves of British sailors whose bodies washed  ashore to be discovered by the Bankers and respectfully interred. British representatives of Her Royal Majesty still honor these men and the others they represent in a touching ceremony every year in May, open to the public. Some of these men were never able to be identified. They remain known only to God.


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10 Favorite Gardens to Visit

Landscape designer, Alison Monaghan—fictional heroine of Carolina Reckoning—lists her Top 10 Favorite Gardens to Visit.

P1040189Elizabethan Gardens
1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC

Stourhead Gardensstourhead
Wiltshire, England

enidhauptEnid A. Haupt Garden at Smithsonian
Washington, D.C.

Biltmore Gardensbiltmore
Asheville, NC

bodnantBodnant Gardens
Conwy, Wales

Denver Botanic Gardensdenver
1007 York St, Denver, CO

desertDesert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona

Sarah P. Duke Gardensduke
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC

japaneseteaJapanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA


Bishop’s Garden National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

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Other than your own garden of course, what is one of your favorite gardens to tour?

What makes it so special to you?