JUNE 2017

ELLE (Canada) - - News -

I GREW UP IN THE CIT Y, BUT ONCE you stepped in­side our apart­ment, it was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story. Our home was a liv­ing, breath­ing rain­for­est. My mom was— and still is—a plant whis­perer, and she tended her thriv­ing jun­gle like a botan­i­cal vir­tu­oso. We had leafy ferns and spiky spi­der plants and a huge philo­den­dron, lov­ingly called Phil, that touched the ceil­ing. The hiss of wa­ter mist­ing from a spray bot­tle was the sound­track to my child­hood. Sadly, Mom’s green thumb is en­tirely ab­sent from my DNA: I’m even in­tim­i­dated by the idea of tend­ing a win­dowsill herb gar­den.

I’m still an ur­ban girl, but now I live in a house with a back­yard and a gar­den. My mom comes to visit and fixes all the things I broke that she planted—in­side and out—the year be­fore. I still haven’t got the gift, but I ap­pre­ci­ate her love of green­ery more than ever now. That’s why I was pleas­antly sur­prised when the topic of house­plants came up in an ed­i­tor­ial meeting and the re­ac­tion of the team was unadul­ter­ated ex­cite­ment, chat­ter and even a few jumpy claps. Ev­ery­one wanted some­thing green in their home but didn’t know where to start. Some men­tioned the new plant-themed restau­rants they’d been to or the suc­cu­lents and ter­rar­i­ums that had re­placed clas­sic flo­ral bou­quets at in­dus­try events. And Pan­tone nam­ing Green­ery the Color of the Year had cer­tainly caught their at­ten­tion as well. The team wanted to talk about this new green ap­pre­ci­a­tion—a lot.

That’s how we ended up do­ing our firstever fea­ture on plants and how to bring them con­fi­dently into your home in a way that fits your life­style. (See “Find­ing Your Roots,” on page 94.) That isn’t the only hit of green in this issue, though. You’ll find lush land­scapes and ver­dant images in our flo­ral fash­ion ed­i­tor­ial shot in St. Lu­cia (“Gar­den Va­ri­ety,” page 57). We also ex­plore lux­ury es­capes that have an eco-twist (“Green Party,” page 91). And if you’ll per­mit a lit­tle gar­den-re­lated word­play, this month we’re also re­flect­ing on the ideas we plant in our minds and how they spread— specif­i­cally how we, as women, frame and pri­or­i­tize find­ing hap­pi­ness (“What a Girl Wants,” page 48).

Per­haps our at­trac­tion to plants is as sim­ple as a de­sire for the calm­ing vibes any­thing na­ture-re­lated brings. And plants are an apt metaphor for life: To thrive, we have to be pa­tient and rec­og­nize that there are times when we need a lit­tle sun­shine (or per­haps a strong weed killer!) in our lives. What seeds are you sow­ing for your­self right now? I’d love to hear about them. Vanessa Craft Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Fol­low me on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram @vanes­sacraft. What do you want to see more of in the mag­a­zine? Tell us at edi­[email protected] or #Tel­lELLECanada.

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