Rural Missouri - March 2011 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 10 Departments 4 Comments National and statewide news 5 Columns Hart to heart Docent of the walking cane dulcimer A Lebanon family preserves the legacy of a unique Ozark instrument 16 The no-dig (and less sweat) gardening alternative New ideas to add to your garden this year 10 12 Out of the Way Eats Abigail’s 14 Mail Bag Letters from our eaders r 25 Hearth and Home The artful artichoke 26 News Briefs News you can use 18 Grow a delicious landscape Choosing the right plants for your garden might depend on what you want to eat 20 A recycled craft Three Missourians are transforming landfill-bound items into works of art 20 30 Marketplace Classified ads 32 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 36 Neighbors Ahead of the herd 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 29 The Gainesville Gunner After 50 years, Joe Scott’s scoring record still stands 34 Top apps for rural Missourians Our suggestions for using your new smart phone as a helpful tool 29 photo courtesy of Walsworth Publishing About our cover s you travel Missouri, the landscape varies from the prairies and wide open fields in the north, to the rolling hills and deep valleys of the Ozarks, to the wetlands in the Bootheel. Iconic images of these places are visual representations of our state, but few areas make you feel like you are not in Missouri. Featured on our cover this month is Amidon Memorial Conservation Area, near Fredericktown. Walking around the park’s main draw, the shut-ins, makes you feel like you have traveled west to the Rockies. The large boulders mixed with gnarly shortleaf pines, Missouri’s only native pine, transport you to somewhere in Colorado or Montana. Missouri is known for its shut-ins, a term given to a section of a river that’s naturally confined within a deep, narrow channel, but Amidon stands out as the top choice for hikers and photographers. Cover and photo at left by Kyle Spradley A Any time of the year is great to visit the 1,630-acre conservation area, but during late winter and early spring is ideal thanks to milder temperatures and the absence of nagging insects. Winter thaw and heavier, seasonal rains turn the upper reaches of the Castor River, which cuts through the pink granite shut-ins, into a roaring waterway. The area’s most popular hike, the Cedar Glade Trail, takes visitors through a forested area — devastated by the May 2009 derecho windstorm — to the shut-ins less than a mile away. Several other trails preferred by hunters also are scattered throughout the area. To get to Amidon from Fredericktown, head east on Highway 72. Two miles outside of town, turn left onto Highway J. After 4 miles, turn right onto Highway W and then a left onto County Road 208. For more information, visit www. and search “Amidon.” To order prints of these photos, see page 14. MARCH 2011 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - March 2011

Rural Missouri - March 2011
Docent of the Walking Cane Dulcimer
Out of the Way Eats
Mail Bag
The No-Dig (And Less Sweat) Gardening Alternative
Grow a Delicious Landscape
A Recycled Craft
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
The Gainesville Gunner
Around Missouri
Top Apps for Rural Missourians

Rural Missouri - March 2011