Pub­lisher’s Let­ter

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Years back– well, ac­tu­ally gen­er­a­tions ago– the term “home and gar­den,” had a very dif­fer­ent con­no­ta­tion than it does now. To­day, home and gar­den is the trendy ti­tle or theme of count­less tele­vi­sion shows, mag­a­zines and web­sites, all de­signed to pro­vide view­ers or read­ers with a va­ri­ety of ways to dec­o­rate their in­te­ri­ors or tend to their per­sonal plot of earth. The fact that there are en­tire tele­vi­sion net­works de­voted to the topic of bet­ter­ing your res­i­dence and sur­round­ings should con- firm that these sub­jects have be­come ex­tremely pop­u­lar.

But gen­er­a­tions ago, en­tire fam­i­lies of­ten lived to­gether far longer than the fam­i­lies of to­day. I grew up this way, and ev­ery fam­ily mem­ber was re­spon­si­ble for their fair share of tend­ing to both the home and the gar­den. My sis­ters and I would help in the fields, pick­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles to sell or to serve at fam­ily meals. Older kids would be charged with tak­ing home­grown pro­duce or farm­raised hens to mar­ket to help keep a roof over a fam­ily’s heads, and mom and dad were over­see­ing the big­ger jobs, like ac­tu­ally build­ing their homes, barns and sheds, and cook­ing or pro­cess­ing the foods har­vested on their land.

In this, our Home and Gar­den Is­sue, we take a deeper look into the real mean­ing of the term in to­day’s en­vi­ron­ment. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent sur­veys, Amer­i­cans are plan­ning on spend­ing 30 per­cent of their home’s value when un­der­tak­ing a ren­o­va­tion, re­mod­el­ing or ma­jor home- im­prove­ment project this year. In 2010, that num­ber was 25 per­cent. No doubt, we Amer­i­cans love to nest, and we want to be com­fort­able and sur­rounded by beauty.

In­side our pages you will learn about many dif­fer­ent ways to make your house a home and to en­sure your gar­den flour­ishes beau­ti­fully. We un­der­stand how cen­tral your home and your gar­den are to your over­all well- be­ing. No mat­ter if your green space is a few pot­ted palms in your stu­dio apart­ment or a half- acre cov­ered with huge, ripe tomato plants and flow­er­ing bougainvil­lea, our sto­ries in this is­sue will give you new in­sights into all things home and gar­den.

But you will also find great re­sources to help you get the job done, like Robb & Stucky In­ter­na­tional. Those who re­mem­ber this Fort My­ers fur­ni­ture com­pany, which be­gan here in 1915, will be pleas­antly sur­prised by the fresh, new di­rec­tion pres­i­dent Steve Lush is tak­ing the busi­ness. His goal is to keep the best of the old com­pany while mak­ing it more rel­e­vant for to­day’s cus­tomers, and the mer­chan­dise and in­te­rior de­sign ser­vices you’ll find con­firm that.

So from dec­o­rat­ing with the per­fect per­sonal flair that matches your in­di­vid­ual style to let­ting na­ture fill your plate with the trea­sures you can grow right out­side your house, our Home and Gar­den Is­sue will fill you with a re­newed pas­sion for your abode and the grounds on which it sits.

Some may look back with fond­ness on a sim­pler time, when fam­i­lies lit­er­ally lived off the land. We hope you do too and that it in­spires you to em­brace to­day’s new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for cul­ti­vat­ing ed­i­ble plants and reap­ing their bounty. We hope the fresh, ex­cit­ing ideas packed in this is­sue en­cour­age you to take on that over­due project and trans­form your house into the home of your dreams.

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