Did you know that April is National Landscape Architecture Month? Me, neither, but I know about it now because there's something in it for us gardeners – a free issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Just click here to enjoy THE most interesting publication related to gardening, bar none. (IMHO and all that.)
What's in it
You'll first notice the cover story about a park on a former dump site in Cairo and how it revived an impoverished neighborhood.
The connection between bee problems and pesticides.
The new tree/shrub app from Michael Dirr.
What's hopefully a new regular feature about species by Constance Casey, whose garden writing for Slate I greatly admired and now greatly miss.
Linda McIntyre's regular feature about innovations, what she calls "the ugly stuff" and I call interesting.
Former editor Bill Marken on design.
Redesign ideas for the Minneapolis waterfront, admittedly the type of city planning feature that I rarely read. Glad others do, though.
And a topic that's way too geeky for the average gardener – building better metrics. Whatever.
About recent changes
Now as a long-time reader, I have to weigh in on the magazine's new design, about which I have some complaints. The fonts are less readable, it's hard to tell where new articles start, and the section titles ("Foreground" and "The Back") are odd and unhelpful.
But content-wise, the magazine is as good as ever – maybe even better than ever – under new editor Bradford McKee. Its articles combat one often-heard complaint about members of the profession – that they're not interested in plants – and inform the reader that landscape architects are at the forefront of innovative, environmentally progressive design and implementation. They have to be – their clients are striving for LEED ratings, cost savings, and better outdoor spaces for millions of us.