Saturday, January 30, 2010

March Living: Special Gardening Issue

The March issue of Martha Stewart Living is about to appear in mailboxes, and will be on the newsstands on February 15. 

This issue, the 11th special gardening issue, celebrates how we enjoy  life with all of our senses:  taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. 
Here's what will stimulate your senses inside this issue: 

Sight:   Martha transforms her back porch into a shady retreat with container plants from around the world in her monthly column, "From My Home to Yours."  Editorial Director of Decorating Kevin Sharkey shares his exptertise on selecting the perfect colors and finishes for the home in "Painting Pointers." 

Taste:  Join Martha and some of the most renowned tomato experts in the country - including Amy Goldman, author of "The Heirloom Tomato" and Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern - as they taste, judge, and celebrate America's favorite garden treat. 

Sound:  Among the soothing sounds in a garden, water's fluid notes work a complex kind of magic.  A fountain can provide a gentle splash, a babbling brook, or the rush of a waterfall.  This how-to story shows how to create all three effects. 

Scent:  Be transported to another place and time by the aroma of flowers.  From sweet peas to scented geraniums, annuals are the perfect vehicles for adding fragrance to your garden.  Bring the flowers up to nose level in hanging baskets and window boxes, or cover the ground with their delicious scent. 

Touch:  Explore the garden from a different perspective.  See a new side of plants and the qualities that invite our touch - from the feathery fronds of fountain grass, to silky rose petals, and spiny cactus. 

This issue is sure to awaken your senses and stimulate your gardening genes!

A Look Back At March Issues

The March issue of Martha Stewart Living has always been a personal favorite.  As a gardener, the arrival of this issue inspires me to begin thinking about my own design plans for the numerous pots, planters, and garden beds around my own home. Let's take a look back at all the March issues: 

  The second issue of Martha Stewart Living, published in 1991 was devoted to spring.  That first full year, Martha Stewart Living was a quarterly publication.  From 1992 - 1995 the magazine was published as a February/March issue. 

The first March issue designated as the "Gardening Issue" came in 1996 (upper right), when the magazine increased its frequency and March became a regular monthly publication. 

In 2002, Martha Stewart Living celebrated its 100th issue in March. 

The 2005 March issue gave readers some exciting Martha news.  Martha was away when this issue was published, but would be back (as she promised) in the April issue. The March 2003 cover was actually shot in the gardens of Margaret Roach, then, editorial director and garden editor of the magazine.  Those same pots still line the steps at Margarets home in upstate New York.  

The covers for the March issue have always been among the favorites of readers. When the magazine arrives in February each year, most of us are OVER winter and ready for the beauty in the garden!

Which March cover was your favorite? 


mike said...

March 2002 by far. Not an exciting cover, but the "cover article" on color palettes for gardens helped with my first venture into gardening in my new (and first) home. I chose the yellow/orange/apricot theme! It's the one issue I still refer to to get ideas on what plants/flowers look "best" together. It's a sentimental issue kind of thing. :)

Wonderful post Kenn!

Kerri Lynn said...

I love the 2007 cover. It reminds me of Turkey Hill. I miss seeing that wonderful home and garden.

Thomas said...

The 2000 cover is exceptionally beautiful and makes you want to sit, relax and enjoy the garden. It was the best March issue ever and I refer back to it frequently.

Elaine said...

The March 2003 is my favorite cover. I covet those pots! A close second is the 2009 cover. Thank you for taking us back!


I love 2004. That archway in the mist!

Anonymous said...

I would have to agree with Andrew. The 2004 cover is very nice.

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