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Editor's Welcome: The Best of Coastal Gardening and Design

PennySpring copyWhen I look over Coastal Home’s Spring 2017 table of contents, I feel joyful that we can share with you some of the beautiful gardens, rooms, and people of northern New England. From a gracious new landscape in North Hampton, New Hampshire, to the poignancy of seasoned gardeners moving beloved plants to a new home in Maine, our stories will refresh mind and spirit with a warm breath of spring.

But that’s not all! Nature abounds in this issue. Meet West Newbury’s Angela Treadwell-Palmer, gardener and plant hunter extraordinaire. Therese Ciesinski interviews this enthusiastic horticulturist and discovers how she tests and introduces her discoveries to the American market. We also look at Deb Richard’s whimsical pocket garden in Portsmouth through the eyes of writer Kerry Mendez, who will get you fired up for this year’s Pocket Garden Tour on June 23 and 24.

Our new and expanded Green Sense column, written by Allison Knab, explores eco-friendly pest control in “Pollinator Power.” Knab chairs Stratham’s conservation commission and stays up to date on the latest ways to enjoy a sustainable lifestyle. One way to live sustainably is to eat foods that are in season. In Dining Out’s “Berry Sweet,” Stonewall Kitchen’s founders Jim Stott and Jonathan King give us easy, delicious recipes for fresh strawberries. Take their advice and visit the South Berwick Strawberry Festival on June 24 to celebrate the season. Eat strawberry shortcake and strawberry cheesecake while enjoying entertainers and the work of more than 90 juried artisans on display.

Finally, some exciting news. We at Coastal Home welcome back to the Seacoast one of the most charming, talented, and effective gardeners we know. John Forti, former curator of historic landscapes at Strawbery Banke (featured in our Summer 2011 Talent column) and most recently Mass Hort’s director of horticulture and education, has joined Bedrock Gardens as its first executive director. Bedrock Gardens in Lee, New Hampshire, is an oasis of culture and horticulture on the Seacoast. Jill Nooney and Bob Munger are transferring their ownership of the gardens to the Friends of Bedrock Gardens, a tax-exempt public charity that will expand programming and continue the gardens as a vibrant institution into the future. We rejoice not only with Jill and Bob but also with the entire Seacoast community as this transformation occurs. Welcome home, John!

Warmly,

Penny

Penelope O’Sullivan, Editor

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