Yankee Magazine’s March/April Issue Includes Special Spring Home & Garden Guide
Plus, a weekend trip to Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival and 2014 Photo Contest Winners
DUBLIN, New Hampshire (February 12, 2014)—On newsstands February 25, Yankee Magazine’s March/April issue celebrates the season with a special Spring Home & Garden Guide. This section includes the first-ever Home & Garden Awards, which name the best public gardens, nurseries, ornaments, and more. Other articles cover topics such as how to grow a four-season garden and the hardiest roses that can survive New England’s climate. Travel is a cure for spring fever, and visiting Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival, and ten additional flower shows, is the perfect remedy to quell winter blues. Plus, tempt your tastebuds with articles about soup for a crowd, cheeseburger heaven, and sweet New England cornbread.
“The warming of the land, the lengthening of the days, happens beyond our control,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “But what we do with the land and the light is up to us. And there are few better ways to welcome spring’s arrival than with thoughts of growing things that bring beauty (and nourishment) to our lives. Yankee’s ‘Home & Garden Awards’ (p. 106) serves as a guide for both new and experienced gardeners. We’ve chosen beautiful public gardens to visit; nurseries where plants that thrive in New England await; 14 flower and veggie varieties to plant this year; even garden-themed restaurants, where the setting alone is worth the visit. If you’re ready to spring into action, we offer expert advice (with a bit of attitude) from two rose growers whose words of wisdom may change how you look at your own blooms (‘In Search of Foolproof Roses,’ p. 94); ‘A Garden for All Seasons’ (p. 100) reveals the secret to backyard pleasure and beauty year-round. And if spring sets your travel juices flowing, take a look at how Nantucket islanders shed their winter lives with a weekend filled with blossoms and fun (‘One Million Daffodils,’ p. 34). Though Nantucket is famous as a summer escape, these April days show a playful side to the island that may just entice you to hop a ferry and let the joy of spring flowers wash over you. I doubt you’ll find Jimmy and Sara Ackermann there—they’ll be tending their cows and boiling maple sap and doing who knows how many other tasks—but the spirit of spring will be swirling at home in Vermont as well as on Nantucket. It’s when all things start to grow again, to rise from cold to warmth, when we all feel ready to be outside, find some tools, and dig down.”
Inside Yankee’s March/April Issue
“‘My New England’ Photo Contest” — text by Mel Allen (p. 62): Yankee readers capture the spirit of our region, in all its beautiful and eclectic glory.
“When My Father Calls” — by Emily Bradley (p. 70): For a lonely widower, the new love of his life arrives on four tiny feet—and with a hankering for peanuts and sunflower seeds.
“The Memories We Choose” — by Mel Allen (p. 74): Amid the terror and chaos of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, neighbors and strangers reached out in extraordinary ways to help those in need.
“The Big Question” — interview by Ian Aldrich (p. 78): Textile restorer Betsey Telford-Goodwin shows us how antique quilts tell the stories of women’s lives through the centuries.
“The Throwbacks” — by Ben Hewitt (p. 80): In Cabot, Vermont, Jimmy and Sara Ackermann are trying to do what many feel is nearly impossible in the 21st century: to begin a new life together working the land.
“Yankee’s Special Spring Home & Garden Guide celebrates the new season with a look at the most beautiful gardens in New England: ones you can admire, ones you can visit, and ones you can grow yourself,” says senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso. “In Search of Foolproof Roses” finds the hardiest varieties in New England (p. 94). “A Garden for All Seasons” explains how and what to grow to yield bright blooms, colorful fruit, and resplendent foliage (p. 106). The first annual 2014 Home & Garden Awards honor the best public gardens, nurseries, ornaments, and more (p. 114). And in “The Gardener’s House,” garden designer Gordon Hayward invites us to visit his farmhouse, a study in harmony between indoors and out (p. 114).
The Travel section’s “One Million Daffodils” features Nantucket’s annual Daffodil Festival, which takes place the last weekend of April (p. 34). It’s also the unofficial launch of tourist season. There are antique-car and dog parades, a hat pageant, a mile-long picnic, and plenty of daffodil-inspired sights, such as perfectly groomed poodles in perfectly tailored yellow outfits, and grown adults in full-on Tyrolean dress. And, of course, there’s the anchor event: the annual and tightly judged daffodil flower show.
In the Food section, writer Kathy Gunst’s friends and family gather together for comfort food and warm companionship for their monthly “Second Sunday Soup Suppers,” where everyone brings a pot of soup to share (p. 46). Recipes include: Winter Salad with Tangerines, Radishes & Dates; Hope Murphy’s Italian Sausage Zucchini Soup; Patti Mitchem’s Pork & White Bean Chili; Maine Fish Chowder with Shrimp & Sunchokes; and Potato & Cheddar Soup with Chive–Walnut Swirl. In the “Local Flavor” column, visit Shady Glen in Manchester, Connecticut, where diners savor nostalgia, crispy cheese, and the world’s best chocolate-chip ice cream (p. 54). In “Best Cook in Town,” Tom Curren’s beanhole beans are baked the old-fashioned way—in the ground, the way North Country loggers did a century ago (p. 56). And this issue’s “Recipe with a History” is sweet New England cornbread, which celebrates the heritage of an ancient regional staple (p. 54).