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Staying Calm While Staying Home

A note from Cities West Media publisher and president Brett Wilson and Phoenix Home & Garden editor in chief John Roark.


To say that we are in uncharted times is a given. As each day brings new and discouraging headlines, many of us are left with a pervading sense of uncertainty—not only about the next few days and weeks, but also about the long-term effects that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on our day-to-day lives and our futures.

Phoenix Home & Garden is produced right here in the Valley and we pride ourselves in championing local service providers, companies and businesses. We understand the impact that current restrictions and shut-downs have on small businesses and their staffs. We are a small company ourselves—a dedicated group of less than 40 Cities West Media employees produces both Phoenix Home & Garden and PHOENIX magazine.

We urge you to support local companies in any way that you can. Take advantage of restaurants’ to-go and delivery options. Retailers whose goods and services you may not find essential at the moment can benefit from gift card purchases for friends and

Our new April issue celebrates Sonoran gardens and the sanctuary they provide for those of us lucky enough to call Arizona home.

family or used yourself at a later date. If available, purchase locally grown produce. When shopping online, check websites of shops within our community before defaulting to Amazon.

Keeping in mind social-distancing precautions, we here in the Southwest have an advantage over many other areas of the country. This is the season when our great outdoors is at its peak. Wildflowers are at their showy best right now. We have an abundance of trails to hike and public parks to enjoy. Whether you take a long-distance jog, a trek to the nearest park or even a walk with your dog through your own neighborhood, it does a body good to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air.

We have made the decision to postpone our annual Garden Tour originally scheduled for April 4. We hope you can join us on Saturday, Nov. 7 and experience some truly beautiful landscapes in their autumnal splendor. If you have already purchased tickets, you may retain your reservation for the November event or request a refund. For complete details visit

We are committed to continuing to bring you the content you enjoy and rely on, not only in printed form, but also on this website. We thank you for your continued support and wish you, your friends and family safety and good health, not only in these murky times, but every day.


Brett Wilson, President and Publisher

Cities West Media

John Roark, Editor in Chief
Phoenix Home & Garden


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