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 / Home & Garden
Country Gardens

Country Gardens

Fall 2019

Country Gardens® celebrates the spirit and romance of gardening as a lifestyle. Whether you have 40 acres or live 40 stories high, we know that country style is more than a passing fancy, it’s part of our united gardening experience. Country Gardens embodies what today’s gardening enthusiasts are looking for—pretty, straightforward garden advice, casual decorating, old-fashioned garden favorites and tough-as-nails natives, the latest tools and gadgets, garden-fresh recipes, and personal stories that inspire readers to take action.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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4 Issues


3 min.
country gardens

Editor SUSAN APPLEGET HURST Design Director NICK CROW Contributing Editors SAMANTHA S. THORPE, LAUREN VESPA Contributing Designers ERIN KEEFFER, JORDIN WILSON Copy Editor ERIKA BJORKLUND Administrative Assistant KATIE MORT Contributing Illustrator HELEN SMYTHE HOME Executive Editor SAMANTHA HART Group Editor ANN BLEVINS Senior Editor BRIAN KRAMER Senior Associate Editor NATALIE DAYTON Staff Writer JESSICA BENNETT Design Director KIMBERLY MORGAN METZ Group Art Director NICOLE DEAN TEUT Associate Art Director JESSICA ENO Assistant Art Director EMILY BUTTERWORTH Senior Graphic Designer BRITTANY MUELLER Administrative Assistants RENAE MABIE, SUE MILLER FOOD Executive Editor JAN MILLER Senior Editors JESSICA SAARI CHRISTENSEN, MAGGIE GLISAN Senior Associate Editor CARRIE BOYD Design Director STEPHANIE HUNTER Assistant Art Director RAE DANNEMAN Administrative Assistant COURTNEY BUSH Director, Meredith Test Kitchen LYNN BLANCHARD Culinary Specialists SARAH BREKKE, JULI HALE, SAMMY MILA, COLLEEN WEEDEN Senior Food Stylist GREG LUNA Food Stylists KELSEY BULAT, LAUREN KNOELKE GARDEN Senior Editor SUSAN APPLEGET HURST Design Director NICK CROW Administrative Assistant KATIE MORT Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden®…

1 min.
grab a camera

The fall issue of Country Gardens is always my favorite because it is the best reflection of our readers’ passion for gardening. Every year for more than 20 years, hundreds of you have sent photos and letters showing us your gardens and the evidence just keeps piling up: You LOVE growing and nurturing plants that make your world more beautiful and delicious. Out of the almost 300 entries we received in 2017, we selected three gardens to share with the world. All were photographed in the summer of 2018 and they have now made their way to the pages of Country Gardens. This year, you’ll see gardens from Oregon, Ohio, and Wisconsin. A year from now you’ll see gardens from Maine, Washington, and Colorado. In every issue, we encourage you to enter…

3 min.
sunny disposition

Live-forevers, one of sedums’ common names, speaks to their easy-to-grow nature. Their versatility makes them an ever-popular perennial. Also known as stonecrops, sedums are at home with grasses, in butterfly and pollinator gardens, in rock gardens, on rooftops, at border edges, as groundcovers, as hedging or cut flowers, and in both formal and informal landscapes. Many thrive alone or as container-mates in hypertufa troughs, window boxes, and ceramic or clay pots. You can even bring them indoors as decorations where winters are too cold. The genus Sedum comprises about 470 species in the family Crassulaceae. Botanically, sedums are split into two groups: low-growing Sedum and tall, upright Hylotelephium, but they’re both commonly referred to as sedums (see “What’s in a Name?,” right). Their succulent foliage and stems enable them to tolerate…

3 min.
in good taste

Front yards are for more than grass. Think of this sunny locale as a perfect place to raise veggies and ornamentals in an eye-popping way. Homeowners Keri Gibson and Chris Orino aspired to something more imaginative than a lawn for their 1909 Victorian’s front yard in Salt Lake City. They wanted a design that spoke to the home’s roots and was compatible with Utah’s dry climate—without requiring a lot of upkeep. To help them create a plan, Keri and Chris called in Shalae Larsen, principal landscape architect with Io LandArch, who specializes in creating historical and environmentally friendly landscapes. “Keri and Chris were interested in a landscape that was going to be sensitive to their Victorian Era home, but they were also adamant about getting rid of all of their useless…

1 min.
22nd annual garden awards

SHOW US YOUR GARDEN ENTER TODAY! SEE THE 2019 WINNERS IN THIS ISSUE! THEIR GARDEN STOLE OUR HEARTS! PAGE 74 TIPS FOR MAKING A GOOD ENTRY • Send photos from only the one best season in your garden.• Take your photos on a slightly cloudy day, or in the soft light of morning or evening.• Show us the whole garden—don’t send closeups of flowers.• Limit your photos to the best ones—it’s not necessary to send more than 20 photos. GUIDELINES Only amateur gardeners are eligible for awards; participants cannot earn their living from gardening, landscaping, or interior design. Gardens that have received other national gardening honors or awards, or have been featured in a national magazine, are ineligible. Please retain an original copy of your complete entry for your records; materials will not be returned. Images…

3 min.
gourd bowls

Celebrate the arrival of fall by bringing a bit of the harvest season indoors. Dried hard-shell gourds are a natural decor go-to and an ideal material for crafting lightweight yet sturdy bowls. You can grow gourds in your garden, but it’s easiest to buy them ready for crafting, even if they need a quick bath and a scrub. Visit a pumpkin patch, a farmers market, or an online source to find these autumnal treasures. To ensure they will hold their shapes, mature gourds should air-dry on the vine over three to six months until golden brown. If plucked from the vine while green, fresh gourds may not dry well without shriveling or developing dents. (Dried gourds purchased in the fall were grown the previous year.) To make a gourd bowl, select a…