Garden Design #187 Garden Design Magazine is back as a quarterly ... perhaps more a coffee table book than a magazine ... no advertising at all, just gorgeous photos of gardens and plants ... and profiles of well, great gardens and designers, and photos by some of the country's top garden photographers.
In the magazine's first re-vamped issue:
* Great Gardens Across America features a classic, yet modern garden New Canaan, CT by designer Heather O'Neill; an innovative, multiple-space rooftop Chicago garden by Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects; and a modern, hilltop garden in the Hollywood Hills by landscape architects Roderick Wyllie and James Lord of Surfacedesign Inc. (Worth seeing alone for the concealed spa).
* Profile and Portfolio: landscape architect Mario Nievera of Palm Beach & NYC
* The best campanulas * Alternatives to troublesome plants * Design: Plant pairing for impact * Tips for a successful garden from two seasoned gardeners
Horticulture May/June 2014
* Designing with black plants * Designs to extend the view * Classic patterns for vegetable gardens
Landscape Architecture May 2014 * Sketching on the ipad with the Trace 2.0 app * Profile of Maarcel Wilson, ASLA, of San Francisco * The lighting issue: features on new types of lights, lighting design, night lighting, creating mood with lights
Better Homes & Gardens May 2014
* The garden of award-winning designer Heidi Heiland of Minneapolis: right plants for right place, attracting pollinators, catching the rain, permeable paving, softening the hardscape.
* New coneflowers: showier than ever * Great combos for containers
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.
Fine Gardening March-April *Breaking the rules of design * Easy-care roses * Designing with different shades of green * Guide for growing edibles * Entry garden design tips
Horticulture March April *Tips for placing fragrant plants to best advantage *Small shrubs with a big design bang *Managing trees & shrubs to reduce shade on nearby plants *Designing with plum-colored plants
*The ultimate eco-house and garden in Montecito, CA. Design by landscape architect Susan Van Atta. It includes low-water native plants, below-ground irrigation to minimize evaporation, a green roof that harvests rainwater and underground cisterns that hold up to 10,000 gallons. And much more. *Author Valerie Rice's edible garden. She blogs at www.eat-drink-garden.com
Landscape Architecture March
*The asphalt industry fights to counter sustainable materials that threathen its market share *The magnificent landscape around the new skating rink in Brooklyn's Prospece Park *New techniques to deal with the effects of global warming along the west coast.
*Olin's new projects in the firm's hometown, Philadelphia *Quick field tests for soil composition * Great plants for deepest winter
*A modern cabin takes it outdoors on Washington's Key Peninsula *A hanging garden for the garage by designer Craig Boelsen *Planting mulberries (but make sure they're not place near your drive, patio, or sidewalk).
Fine Gardening February
*Essentials of an outdoor living room *Great plants for winter landscapes *Designing with verticals
*Profile: Sarah P. Duke Gardens *Plants to fill the empty spaces *Silvery-gray plants
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) decided recently to make digital subscriptions to its quarterly magazine free for anyone who would like to subscribe.
I've been editor of the magazine since 2009 -- a position I'm giving up as of next year. In any event, the magazine has a lot of info on the design process, designers and related issues, most articles written by APLD members. If you would like to subscribe, click the link here. And if you prefer, you may also order a print subscription.
Sunset November *Landscape designer Brandon Peterson designs a studio garden filled with grasses for Seattle artist Kristie Severn. *Garden checklist plant focus: Black Mondo Grass *Garden tips for fall: grow Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis) and heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) *An easy kit for vertical gardens from plantasy.us
Landscape Architecture November *Meeting climate change challenges in New York, Kansas, Bridgeport CT & elsewhere. *Cornelia Hahn Oberdorfer designs a landscape for food security near the Arctic Circle *The continuing influence of Dan Kiley *Remembering James van Sweden
Fine Gardening December *The best of the native plants, region by region *Top-performing ornamental grasses *Designing with foliage *Update on edibles
Sunset July 2013 *The Water-Wise Beach Garden: Great Solutions for a beach-side garden from Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture in Baywood Park, CA: pavers, plants, planters, design tips & more. *A beach cottage in Laguna Beach: the "garden" is mostly hardscape and blends perfectly with the inside of the house, and the easy-care "garden" is all contained.
Horticulture July-Aug 2013 *How to design with bold plants like Canna, Fatsia, Giant butterbur *Restoration of a Spanish colonial house & garden in Altadena, CA *Plants that dodge drought *A plant collector's garden in NH
Fine Gardening July-Aug 2013 *A stunning variety of drought-tolerant catmints *Focal Points: Focus on Containers *Ground covers that take walking *How to design with conifers *Great midsummer plant combos