Food & Wine

Victoria March - April 2016

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
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7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
dear friends

Mail delivery here at the office marks one of my favorite times of day. I like to brew a cup of green tea and settle back to peruse letters from readers like you. I enjoy learning what you love about this magazine, and I pass along your suggestions to our editorial team. Now, there is another way to share your thoughts about Victoria. We have posted a reader survey on our website, and I invite you to use this method to express your opinions about the contents. If you prefer to complete the questionnaire in a more traditional manner and return it to us by mail, please see pages 84 and 85. We have positioned the document, front and back, so that it does not obscure any of our lovely stories.…

1 min.

Take a closer look at some of our favorite March/April features: A Rose Lover’s Paradise The family-owned Russian River Rose Company, in the Sonoma region of California, boasts more than 650 varieties of breathtaking heirloom blooms. Pressed-Flower Works of Art Acclaimed botanical artist Anne Blackwell Thompson preserves exquisite natural treasures to create keepsakes that last for generations. The Glorious Gardens of The Crescent City Benefitting a local Louisiana charity, the annual Secret Gardens Tour of New Orleans gives visitors an insider’s view of some of the city’s most stunning private floral sanctuaries. The Classic Beauty of a Georgian-Style Residence By collaborating closely from the initial architecture meeting to the final construction phase, Georgia-based designer Patricia McLean imbued this Southern château with a sense of timeless tradition. SEE MORE ON THE WEB at victoriamag.com Look for this symbol throughout the magazine…

4 min.
dreams of blossoms & blooms

During the long Massachusetts winters, when the landscape is blanketed with piles of snow, I need flowers to brighten my home and erase cold weather from my soul. Because I am an avid gardener, blossoms hold a special place in my heart and fill me with joy. Just gazing at nature’s little jewels brightens my mood effortlessly. The color palette I use in my gardens includes whites, soft pastels, and rich pinks and purples (my favorite colors) to bring indoors to decorate my home all summer long. When I am fatigued by a seemingly never-ending winter, I visit my local florist shop. As I enter, a huge display of tulips greets me, enveloping me in a riot of hues—yellow, orange, red, and breathtaking combinations. I gather massive quantities of the sunny…

6 min.
risking happiness

“The old adage ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’ always made sense to me. I’d gone off to college far from home, lit out for California after college, made a university teaching career in poetry, left a solid marriage for the lure of big romance. I’ll take a risk. But I’d never taken a risk like this—plunking down my life savings on a run-down house thousands of miles from home.” The night before I bought an abandoned house in the Tuscan hills, I couldn’t sleep. For one thing, the church bells near the hotel rang not only on the hour but sent out a few clangs for quarter and half hours as well. I was about to get rope burn from churning on rough cotton sheets. It was summer in Cortona—the driest July…

2 min.
touches of springtime splendor

“Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment. ”—Ellis Peters…

2 min.
the gardens of the crescent city

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