Editor's Note

Planning (and Waiting) for Spring

From the February 2014 edition

Spring has sprung. Well, soon enough. With any luck, it will be here before we know it, and these dreary final days of winter will be nothing but a memory.

We know, as you do, that one can’t start “thinking spring” too early. And so with this issue’s cover story—“Planning for Spring” on page 61—we endeavored to leave you with some easy-to-implement ideas. Experts from throughout the region shared their gardening know-how, from tips for testing soil to advice for those who unfortunately got a late start. (Alas, autumn is truly the season for serious garden prep.)

Another must-do this month, while you await longer days and warmer temps, is The Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show, sponsored by Ohio Mulch and held at the Ohio Expo Center from Feb. 22 to March 2. You can read more about the show (which features Hilary and David from HGTV’s “Love It Or List It”) on page 16. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab some last-minute home and garden inspiration.

Also in this issue is a feature from resident garden expert Michael Leach about a Victorian trend seeing a resurgence—“A Terrarium Cure for Cabin Fever” on page 8—as well as a peek at the house of CCAD’s soon-to-retire president, Denny Griffith. His Eastmoor home is a stunning display of what happens when an artist and educator with great taste takes on an old home in a historic neighborhood. Head to page 26 for that story, by Nancy Byron.

Rounding out the issue is advice for anyone interested in taking their lawn organic, hosting a stellar dinner party or hiring an interior decorator to revamp a room (or two).

My plans for this spring include reviving a small flowerbed (after an unfortunate 2013 showing), finally finding my patio the chic furniture it deserves and spending as much time as possible outside, under what will hopefully be blue skies. After all, as a Central Ohioan, I know every moment of spring is worth savoring.