A Perfect Sixty

By: Richard G Turner Jr

Richard G Turner Jr is the editor emeritus of Pacific Horticulture. After receiving degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from…

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This issue of Pacific Horticulture is my sixtieth as editor and marks a perfect time to settle into a new work pattern known as retirement. It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the editor of such a highly regarded horticultural journal for the past fifteen years. It’s time, however, to let another lucky individual continue the tradition-and perhaps move Pacific Horticulture more solidly into the digital age.

That lucky individual is Lorene Edwards Forkner, who has already begun working as the magazine’s third editor in its almost thirty-seven-year history. Lorene’s involvement in the world of horticulture is outstanding: she owned and operated a small specialty nursery in Seattle for a number years, has written or co-written several books on gardening, lectures widely on gardens and garden making, won numerous awards for her gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, and maintains a popular garden blog. She has also been an active member of the Pacific Horticulture Society board of directors for the past five years, representing the Northwest Horticultural Society.

I could not be more pleased with the selection of Lorene as my successor and extend all best wishes to her and to the Pacific Horticulture Society. There is a bright future for Pacific Horticulture with Lorene at the editor’s desk.

I want to thank all the writers, reviewers, photographers, artists, and other contributors who have donated their time and talent to keeping the pages of Pacific Horticulture filled with content of timeless value to West Coast gardeners. I also want to thank our designers, Sharyn and Walt Gayton, associate and assistant editors, Roy Taylor, John Boring, and Dick Dunmire, Jack Tipple and others at Andresen, and Bob Preston, Tom Gonzales, and the entire crew at Suburban Press for their commitment to quality in the design, editing, and production of the magazine. It has been an immense pleasure to work with this dedicated team to produce each issue of Pacific Horticulture.

Exciting changes are in store for Pacific Horticulture and Pacific Horticulture Society. I expect to remain involved in some capacity for the near future, as we continue in our mission to educate and inspire gardeners in the art and science of horticulture on the West Coast.

Stay tuned . . .
Richard G Turner Jr