Susan Harris and Thomas Rainer

Here I am with everyone’s favorite landscape architect Thomas Rainer before he and Claudia West spoke about their book Planting in a Post-Wild World  yesterday in Oxford, Maryland. (Book review and giveaway coming this Friday).

But today’s post is about the new+improved Garden Design Magazine, about which Thomas used these wordsautumn2015:

  • “Totally transformed.”
  • “Not a page of fluff.”
  • “The very best writers.”
  • “Thad Orr’s doing a great job as editor.”

I chimed in and we bonded over our fandom of the mag under its new publisher, Jim Peterson. (I wrote about Jim and his vision for Garden Design in this post two years ago.)


Garden Design is now ad-free and packed with articles I actually want to read! Like the one above about Dan Hinkley’s garden.


And Piet Oudolf.


The firm of Oehme van Sweden, given a long spread featuring three of its current stars.


And this interesting garden in France. I could go on.

In other words, it’s a far, far cry from the ad-packed glorification of SoCal’s beautiful people that Garden Design used to be.