Editor’s Journal – June 2018
By Karol DeWulf Nickell, Editor in Chief
Travel with us to Palm Springs…
For many years now, Phoenix Home & Garden has journeyed to other cities for one issue. When Executive Editor Rebecca Rhoades suggested we consider Palm Springs, we knew its appeal was strong: sublime midcentury architecture in a temperate desert clime; a laid-back lifestyle that aligns with our own; and fashion, cuisine and culture that mix vintage with edgy glam. “Ambassador” Rhoades went to Modernism Week—the city’s huge success story––and toured several of the homes and gardens that we would ultimately feature. (She had me at shag carpet and Danish modern.) But even if you’re not a fan of midcentury design or ’70s style, the personal stories behind each homeowner’s reimagination of a residence built in the Rat Pack era are bound to make the ride a real trip.
Today is our Phoenix Home & Garden 2018 Garden Tour. The weather is perfect; the event is sold out, and I’m thankful for this year’s generous homeowners, expert garden and landscape design professionals, and dedicated magazine staffers who serve as garden docents for the day. Meeting and thanking Desert Botanical Garden volunteers and Master Gardeners is a fun part of my job.
For this year’s garden tour, we created event programs with mini stories about each of our featured gardens plus a fold-out map to help our guests plan their time and travels for the day.
Our photo shoot at Ken and Nancy Bates’ historic home at Brusally Ranch is peppered with tales about the original architecture and its designer/owner Ed Tweed. Congrats to assistant editor Carly Scholl (in blue) for spearheading this hometown story. Check it out here.
Anticipating reader letters like this one, we can’t wait to share that our well-loved, longstanding desert gardening series is a major feature of our new website, which will launch soon.
“I was surprised to open up the new edition of my favorite magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden, and not find Kelly Young’s Checklist and Ask the Experts. As a new Master Gardener after I arrived in Arizona in 2004, this section was my bible in learning and teaching about desert gardening. It is the glue that binds your beautiful presentations and educates fresh arrivals about how to successfully incorporate desert design in their adopted habitat.”
-Nancy Samp, Oceanside, CA
Dear Ms. Samp, Thank you for your comments and your support. Our new website is taking shape, and it will be the place to go for desert gardening how-to. Archives of the perennial gardening series that you’ve come to love and count on for what to plant by month and by elevation, as well as Q&A problem-solving with experts, will be available 24/7 to you and all your gardening friends. —Karol