Gardening Matters

Summer 2012 Editor's Letter

For 37 years, Pacific Horticulture has covered stories about gardening and horticulture on the West Coast featuring remarkable plants and the passionate people who grow them. But we’ve never stopped there. Ever curious, we examine how matters of gardening intersect with real life, design, and the environment. At that intersection, we realize just how much gardening matters.

This issue, my first as editor, introduces a new design and editorial format for our magazine. Paper, type, and layout have been updated and refreshed, bringing you the same authentic content in lively new departments, laid out with elegance and simplicity. But whether we’re taking a frank look at the realities of a butterfly garden (namely, caterpillars), or connecting the dots between ancient Persia and contemporary waterwise western landscapes, you’ll find our in-depth approach and commitment to real gardens—made by real gardeners—intact.

Read on to learn how a climate-adapted gardening approach led an informed designer to install Australian plants along a windswept California coastline, and why you should start thinking about dewy daffodils in the midst of summer. Knowledgeable nursery people, whose experience and expertise can make or break our success in the garden, offer advice on twining fragrant jasmine, iconic palms, and exacting alpines.

Sometimes all we can do is laugh—whether from sheer delight at a beautiful, if somewhat overly-ambitious annual that seeds itself into every nook and cranny, or the folly of gardening on a slippery slope above the shores of Puget Sound. Lessons are learned every day.

Whether you have a patch of earth to call your own or find yourself interacting with the landscape in parks, streetscapes, and public gardens, we invite you to take Pacific Horticulture along as we explore the world around us.
Lorene Edwards Forkner, editor

Learn more about my roots in horticulture here.