Hey, guys, remember my recent post called "Me and My Landscape Architect"? Well, here it is again, reprinted as a 3-page spread in a classy national magazine. Yes, Landscape Architecture Magazine bought it, along with some photos, and it’s now appearing in their January issue, including the credit line: "Excerpted directly from Susan Harris’s blog at GardenRant.com." (For verification, click the close-up on the left, you doubters.) The language is largely unchanged (still bloggy), and a sidebar about how landscape architects can attract gardeners as clients was added. Here’s the beginning of the article.
Now I’m pleased as punch to grace their pages, but this is bigger than me – it’s about about blog crossover, something whose time has definitely come. Traditional media are just plain smart to spice up their publications by reprinting from blogs, or even hiring us outright.
So how did it happen? Well, figuring that the good people at the American Society of Landscape Architects couldn’t spend all day surfing gardening blogs, I sent them the link myself as a friendly hello – to both their print and on-line editors (and they have a terrific site with accompanying blog, now in our sidebar – Dirt by ASLA). Next thing I knew, we were negotiating terms.
Next, a wonderful local photographer, Peter von Pawel, arranged to come to my garden to photograph me and Holt Jordan, the landscape architect in my article. Peter’s wife came, too, which was great because she’s one of us and we could have talked gardening all day. Here they are on the right, and on the left is my favorite of the photos he took that day (see how generous he was to let me use it, no charge?)
If you’re a reader over on my blog you might remember when a TV crew came to interview me about blogging. Well, that happened immediately after the photo shoot for the magazine spread, so unless you count weddings, it had to be my most exciting and glamorous day ever. Good thing, too – it meant I only had to get the garden and my hairdo right once.
But gardeners, how would you feel about having your garden photographed for its first spread in a national magazine in mid-November? You know the lament: If you’d only been here a week earlier – man, the fall foliage was perfect. And it was, you know.