Homes & Gardens
EThe grow-your-own movement is now bigger than ever, and living seasonally, sustainably and locally has become a true passion for many. With this in mind, we commissioned two of our best-trusted contributors, food stylist and writer Alice Hart and photographer Emma Lee, to create our From Garden to Table story – a fabulous summer lunch made from vegetables commonly grown in British gardens. Although produced during lockdown and with strict social-distancing guidelines, it sings of dreamy barefoot days in the sunshine with family. Another movement accelerated by months of isolation is craft, as this period has reinforced the importance of creativity. So we came up with our own take on ‘how-to’ pages. Executive editor Kate French approached a talented team of experts in their fields and asked them to come up with projects just for us, from contemporary quilt-making to seaweed pressing. Even I, a self-declared mageirocophobe (that’s someone with a fear of cooking!), am tempted to give sourdough a try thanks to stylist Linda Sofia Ring’s bread. Block printer Molly Mahon, illustrator Susannah Garrod and florist Willow Crossley also created inspiring instructional videos; find these on our website. Times have been tricky, and we may not be through it yet, but I hope this issue takes you closer to a productive, nourishing September.