Spring 2012

Cover of the spring 2012 issue of Catfish Alley

Toxey Haas at the Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries greenhouses in Clay County, Miss.

Toxey Haas’ Great Outdoors

Mossy Oak’s Toxey Haas has turned a fistful of dirt, leaves and twigs into an “invisible” empire

Caledonia Eclectic
Even dog days at Debbie and Larry Lawrence’s Caledonia home are filled with country charm — BeBe and Millie hang out on the back porch, the family’s favorite getaway

Vive Les Bons Temps
Me oh my oh:  Louisville’s Chef Johnny Wooten goes Creole in the new Market Café’s kitchen

The Heart of Hale County
On the back roads of Alabama, discover the mansions and selfless missions that set Hale County apart

Get Up & Dance

Zumba and ballroom dance are bringing the nation to its feet

The Scheme of Spring
Get ready to explore a few of this season’s must-have colors

Editor’s Letter

Our Contributors

Book ReviewEmma and Tom Richardson’s review of Jesmyn Ward’s award-winning post-Katrina coming-of-age drama, Salvage the Bones

The Avid Reader — Author Deborah Johnson shares the books that inspired her to see the South

One QuestionWhat did you want to be when you grew up?

3 Inspired PeopleNannie Bennett, Jack Hollister and Mary Tuggle are sowing seeds of hope and beauty in their communities

At the RootNPR’s Gestalt Gardener Felder Rushing on how to avoid getting mowed by your lawn

Personal SpaceShannon Bardwell invites us into a private haven that nourishes the soul

MusicmakerPercussionist Bob Damm is teaching to the beat of a world drum

Food for the SoulRufus Ward is back with a take on the history and renown of the Whitehall Mint Julep

Artist’s PortfolioThrough the camera lens, photographer Leah Harrell launches a search for self

A Letter HomeFrom New York, with love, Mississippian Elizabeth Davidson taps into Big Apple energy

Social CallAdele Elliott explores the singular Southern condition

Restaurant ReviewA guide to area eateries, plus Miss Moon Pie’s visit to a soul food shrine

Parting Shot