April 2012 Issue


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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!

Efforts are underway to create a new and, more importantly, sustainable, economy in this culturally-rich Southwestern part of the state. Read more


A locavore hunter serves up a solution to the growing problem of eradicating invasive species. Read more

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Hollywood stuntman Paul Darnell made it to the big screen by perfecting the art of freerunning—which means employing a combination of athleticism, technique and intelligence to overcome anything that stands in his way. Read more



Chiles T. A. Larson

A visit to Paris, the Loire Valley and Normandy was decades in the making for Chiles T. A. Larson. But France’s fabled cathedrals, châteaux and charming city streets were worth waiting for. Read more

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Kip Dawkins

Aristotle wrote of heaping platters of caviar served to the blare of trumpets. Russian soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars spread the virtues of vodka. Together they are the perfect marriage of two of life’s great luxuries. Read more

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Clarke C. Jones travels to the picturesque Rose River and meets some long-time anglers who show him why fly fishing isn’t just about catching fish. Read more




Ants report for duty and mount their annual assault on domestic battlefields. Read more



Roger Foley

A couple in Leesburg drew inspiration from some of Virginia’s finest 18th-century gardens to create a hidden paradise and win a longstanding battle with some very determined deer. Read more

House + Garden

Spring’s ‘other’ sport, cricket, has surprisingly deep roots in the Commonwealth. Read more


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