Yankee Magazine’s March/April Issue Includes Special Spring Home & Garden Guide
“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).
“Here in New England: Poem City” — by Julia Shipley (p. 16): In April, window shopping in Montpelier, Vermont, becomes a literary adventure, with the works of more than 250 poets posted around town, plus additional literary events, including readings and workshops.
“First Light: ‘Ice Out’ on Joe’s Pond” — by Julia Shipley (p. 19): In Vermont’s North Country, spring’s true arrival comes when a special raft sinks into the water and sets off a chain of events that doesn’t end until July 4.
“The Best 5 Revolutionary War Sites” — by Norman Desmarais (p. 28): Writer Norman Desmarais, author of The Guide to the American Revolutionary War series, a six-volume set covering almost 4,000 battles, raids, and skirmishes of the American War for Independence on the East Coast and the frontier, shares his top five picks among New England sites.
“A Field Guide to Red Sox Nation”— by Ken Sheldon (p. 22): From Caribou, Maine, to somewhere south of Hartford, there’s only one big-league ball team for New England. The cast of characters who love this team are equally entertaining, but in a more humorous way. Do you know the difference between the “Numbers Nerd” and the “Backseat Coach”?