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Editor’s Letter for February/March 2024

Photography by Jesse Rieser

Pop the champagne! Cue the ticker-tape parades, dancing in the streets, trumpets and fireworks. A celestial chorus would be a nice touch—does that cost extra? We’ve got a lot to celebrate in this issue. 

Every year since 1990, Phoenix Home & Garden has recognized individuals with our highest honor: Masters of the Southwest designation. On this issue, it is our great pleasure to present five exemplary people who join the most respected ranks of honorees who have preceded them in this distinction. Each of the inductees is not only among the Valley’s best in their areas of expertise, but they have also earned the respect and praise of their constituents and peers—no easy feat in a market where competition is fierce and standards are very high. 

Join us in saluting the “Class of 2024”:
Architect C. P. Drewett, Drewett Works
Builder Greg Hunt, GM Hunt Builders
Interior designer Jaimee Rose, Jaimee Rose Interiors
Landscape architect Mary Estes, Norris Design
Mexican tile pioneer Phil Shelton, Handcrafted Tiles Inc.

We are confident you will see why they are richly deserving of being feted. 

With this issue, we are also excited to introduce you to a new contributor. Known far and wide as the AZ Plant Lady, horticulturist Noelle Johnson is now helming our Garden Checklist. We have felt for some time that this essential department needed to be deadheaded, pruned, watered and allowed to grow to its fullest potential, and Noelle did not hesitate to roll up her sleeves and dig right in. Look for approachable information that is relatable, relevant, useful and proven, and know that you have a new ally in making your Southwest landscape flourish. Raise a glass to Noelle’s PH&G debut.

And speaking of notable milestones, Phoenix’s own Desert Botanical Garden is currently celebrating its 85th birthday. Don’t miss writer Douglas C. Towne’s historic profile of DBG, and you’ll have an even greater appreciation for this treasured landmark.

John Roark
Editor in chief

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