The February 2011 issue of House & Garden almost got it right. I’m talking about the mix of articles–not the gardens they chose to profile. There are three features on gardens…two about designers and an additional monthly feature on products. Yea! Not many shelter publications that center around residential design have even one feature on designed outdoor spaces–let alone three–especially in the winter. For that alone it’s is a win.
Nothing is mentioned of any of these articles on the cover however…and there is the lose part.
Touting Choosing the Best, inside the magazine is an article titled The House and Garden guide to the Leading Garden Designers of Today–yet no mention on the cover? What happened to the ‘garden’ in House and?
There’s a wonderful feature on Dar el Hossoun, the gardens of a lodge and spa in southern Morocco designed by French garden designers Arnaud Maurieres and Eric Ossart. The gardens manage to respect traditional Moroccan motifs using contemporary ideas about planting.
The third feature is a pictorial of Colonsay House in Scotland–a wild garden with a world class collection of rhododendrons.
Now why don’t more shelter/design magazines consider the designed outdoor environment?