It's back, and it's going to be much better than ever -- a magazine for true design aficionados, packed with articles on top designers; photos by Roger Foley, Marion Brenner, Rob Cardillo and other craftsmen behind the lens; and a celebration of great AMERICAN gardens. Yay!
As you may recall the sad story, the Bonnier Corporation folded Garden Design magazine in April of 2013. Jim Peterson, owner of the Landscaping Network and the Concrete Network was so distressed to see the magazine go that he decided to buy it himself and put it back in business.
Peterson says the original idea was to publish a digital version of Garden Design for the ipad, but everyone he talked to -- designers, editors, photographers, and others -- said they missed the magazine. So he finally decided to publish a magazine that is, as he describes it, "a hybrid between a soft-cover book and a magazine." The new Garden Design will be ad-free, supported by subscriptions only, along with sales at garden retailers. It's to be published quarterly, 132 pages in each one with beautiful photos and 10 to16-page spreads on gardens. "We want to talk about the makers of gardens," said Peterson," and "focus on a designer" in every issue.
There will be standard features in every magazine.
Among them are STYLE: garden decor.
MAKER: a new product or idea and the person behind it.
LANDSCAPE SOLUTION: in-depth solutions to devilish problems.
GROUNDBREAKER: innovative leaders in landscape design.
PLANT PALETTE: how to grow them, how to design with them.
And much more. This new magazine sounds a lot like the original Garden Design published in Washington DC by James Trulove. I wasn't around back then to subscribe to that version, but I've seen copies of it, and there hasn't been anything like it since that celebrates residential landscape design.
The new Garden Design ships on May 15th. I can't wait for mine to arrive.
You can order yours here.