Spring has sprung in the April 2012 issue of Virginia Living. Our cover story showcases the simple joys of fly fishing—which, we learned, is about much more than just catching fish—while elsewhere we peek inside a magnificent walled garden in Mount Gilead and preview the Virginia tradition that is Historic Garden Week. And since spring is all about new beginnings, we applaud the emergence of the creative economy in Southwest Virginia, which celebrates the region’s heritage while building a solid foundation for its economic future. Inspiring stuff. For a little downtime, we indulge ourselves by pairing caviar with vodka, and offer a few decadent recipe suggestions. If you’re in the mood for something less traditional then you’ll enjoy our feature about the “invasivore” movement, which aims to limit the damage done by invasive alien species like Chinese mystery snails by—you guessed it—eating them. Yum? Also inside: St. Christopher’s School celebrates its “Saintennial,” a decades-delayed trip to France, freerunner and Hollywood stuntman Paul Darnell, poet Sandra Beasley, advice on orchid care, a guide to cricket in Virginia and more!
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