gail ravgiala, editor
this can be a frustrating time of year for gardeners.
We might be ready to whip that landscape into shape, but
Mother Nature is not about to cooperate. March is the cruel-est month, teasing us with longer days and hints of spring, only
to squelch our hopes with rain and snow and soggy half-frozen
earth. But if we follow the lead of David Whitman and Peter
Stiglin (“Green House,” Page 116), we can be happy planters
through the bleakest days of mud season. The owners of Pergola — a specialty shop in New Preston, Connecticut, where
houseplants, artisan pieces, and antiques blend with nature’s
own art found in the woods — have tricked out their home in
Massachusetts’s Berkshires with easy-to-grow and maintain plants. Simply and artfully arranged, each green vignette
raises the spirit and keeps hope in another spring alive.
For those pining for full-blown garden inspiration, take a look at the lush landscape
around garden designer Andrew Grossman’s Seekonk, Massachusetts, home (“A Gardener’s
Garden,” Page 24). It is a magical showcase of possibilities. Grossman is refreshingly pure
when it comes to horticulture. “I can buy fresh tomatoes,” he says, “but I can’t buy beautiful dahlia flowers like the ones I grow. I am not a farmer; I love to grow things for the beauty.”
He’s done a pretty good job of it.
jon hattaway was invited to design a vignette for this issue’s selections, page
37. The interior designer and principal of MJ Berries Design in Boston brought a
charming Welsh jug that had been repaired with the addition of a tin handle and
band to the photo shoot. The piece had come from the Essex, Massachusetts,
antiques shop of Andrew Spindler, who had introduced Hattaway to the world of
make-do collectibles. Intrigued by the concept of the practical repair, Hattaway set
out to write an in-depth story on these fascinating pieces. antiques, page 80.
tovah martin is the author of The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful,
Easy-Care Plants That Everyone Can Grow (Timber Press, $23, 2015). “When I
was asked to write the book,” says Martin, “I headed straight for Pergola in New
Preston, Connecticut. The place oozes with creativity. Then an idea struck: ‘I
wonder what shop owners David Whitman and Peter Stiglin’s home looks like?’ I
wrangled a play date. Sure enough, the place was packed with peperomias, ferns,
and ficus among the accouterments of the outdoors.” green house, page 116.
from the editor
jared charney is constantly inspired by how the camera and lens allow him to
study and reveal the people he meets. “Lulu Fichter creates some of the most
unique pottery pieces I’ve ever seen,” says Charney, who lives on Massachusetts’s
North Shore. “Some of these truly fine art pieces feel organic, as though they
were directly taken from the ocean and brought into her studio to rest beside
other found objects like buttons and animal bones. Lulu’s studio itself is as much
of an art piece as the physical work she creates.” perfectly imperfect, page 58.
lori ferguson, like potter Lulu Fichter, is energized by visual connections. A
New Hampshire–based freelance writer with a master’s degree in art history, she’s
happiest when roaming a museum exhibition or chatting up an artist during a
studio visit. “There’s nothing more fun than taking a peek behind the curtain of an
artist’s creative process,” she says. “Exploring the genesis of a body of work or
delving into an artist’s back story is, for me, completely captivating, and sharing
my discoveries with others is icing on the cake.” perfectly imperfect, page 58.