If you're not one of the 80,000 people already reading Leaf Magazine (after just one issue) then why the hell not? It's a free e-magazine, available right here. The new Spring 2012 issue, at 142 pages, is gorgeous and inspiring, full of the kind of garden design photography and writing I've been pining for all my life. Garden Design Magazine, at $22 per year and catering to the wealthy SoCal reader, can't hold a candle to Leaf, the work of East Coast garden designers Susan Cohan and Rochelle Greayer. They recruit contributors from across the U.S., though, and internationally.
Honestly, I've only scrolled through the new issue for its eye candy, looking for familiar names (Ken Druse, Buffalo's Jim Charlier) but I'm going back for more. Behind the scenes at the Philly Flower Show, for example. And I'm in the midst of planning my new garden, so I might get ideas from the featured garden in London, a tiny but inspired one, or the artist's garden in Los Angeles.
A personal favorite bit I noticed right away is that in marked contrast to the aforementioned (and no longer subscribed to by yours truly) Garden Design, Leaf's round-up of garden benches includes the super-affordable $90 version at Ikea. Now we're talking.
Kudos and congratulations to Susan, Rochelle and their team. And thanks from this gardener (and design aspirant/appreciator) for the most exciting gardening publication she's ever laid eyes on.
One complaint, though – I don't have an iPad, which is clearly the device for reading Leaf while in the garden. Gotta do something about that.