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Tips For Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh

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Each year more than 24 million Christmas trees are sold during the holiday season in the United States.

Too bad most of these trees look dry and yucky by Christmastime!

 

 Tips and Tricks for Extending Freshness Period of Christmas Trees

 

I'm going to start with one of the best kept secrets.

 

Shirley-Bovshow Applies Wilt-Pruf-anti-transpirant compound to a Christmas-Tree -on Home and Family Show to keep it Fresh

1. Use an anti transpirant compound such as "Wilt-Pruf" on your Christmas tree to seal moisture in the tree.

I'm not sure why anti-transpirant sprays are not more commonly used in households to preserve Christmas tree freshness!

Wilt-Pruf has been around for over sixty years and is available at garden centers and home improvement stores throughout the United States.

Landscape professionals have been using anti-transpirant solutions for years to preserve seasonal decor and landscape plants!

 

Anti-transpirants are chemical compounds that are applied to leaves to reduce transpiration of moisture.

Think of a tree leaf or needle as its skin.

The compound "closes the pores" of the leaf surface so that moisture can't evaporate through it!

 

Wilt-Pruf is commonly used on landscape plants such as rhododendruns and azaleas during the summer and winter when they experience drying winds and water stress.

The anti-transpirant locks in moisture and is equally effective in Christmas trees, fresh cut garland and greenery!

What are you waiting for?

 

I applied Wilt-Pruf to the Christmas tree I bought for the Home & Family show and shared this tip with the audience.

A one quart, ready-to-use bottle is sufficient for an average five to six foot Christmas tree and costs approximately $10 dollars.

Wilt-Pruf is available in concentrate form as well.

 

Spray your tree with Wilt-Pruf outdoors and let it dry a few hours before bringing indoors.

Don't spray Wilt-Pruf indoors because if the natural pine oil emulsion gets on your floor and furniture, you will have to remove it with turpintine.

Pine oil is organic and non-hazardous but can be messy on your floor and furniture!

 

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2. Make a fresh, 1"-inch cut to bottom of the Christmas tree trunk at the tree lot or before placing in the stand.

Christmas trees found in a lot have been cut any where from a few days to a month ago!

Pines, firs, nobles, spruces and other popular cut trees secrete a resin when cut that covers the bottom of the tree stub.

Within one to three hours, this resin seals the bottom of the trunk and makes water infiltration very difficult.

This is why some trees dry out no matter how much water is supplied to them!

 

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3. Score the bottom of your tree trunk with a few cuts to help water uptake!

If you have never scored the bottom of your Christmas tree and have had drying issues, give this tip a try.

A few blunt cuts at the bottom of your tree trunk will give your tree even more access to water.

 

4. Put your tree in water within one hour of cutting your tree trunk!

You have a very small window for watering your tree after cutting and scoring the trunk.

If you aren't able to place your tree in a stand immediately, immerse the trunk in s 5 gallon bucket of water during your holding period.

 

5. Water your Christmas tree every day!

Don't be lazy!

I know that it's unpleasant to get on your knees, lift the bottom branches of your tree and water it, but you must do it if you want a fresh looking tree.

 

Cut trees require one quart of water  for each inch  of the trunk's diameter, according to the National Christmas Tree Organization.

A 6'-foot tree with a trunk that measures  4"-inches in diameter, will need to have a stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water.

 

Okay, here's a clever alternative to getting on your hands and knees to water your tree.

I designed a cute "Christmas Tree Watering Pole" using 1/2"-inch PVC pipe and a kitchen funnel.

 

It's easy to make and will cost you about $3 dollars in materials.

 

Shirley-Bovshow-Christmas-Tree-Watering-Pole-EdenMakersBlog made of PVC pipe and funnel, decorated like a candy cane

 

Shirley's "Christmas Tree Watering Pole"

Get these materials together- you will have extra pipe to make one for a friend!

  • A 10'-foot piece of PVC pipe (1/2"-inch or 1"-inch diameter) cut into three pieces, each a little over 3'-feet long.
  • Kitchen funnel with generous size well.
  • Red duct tape
  • Christmas bow
  • Christmas bells

 

Instructions

  1. Tape the funnel to the end of your 3'-foot PVC pipe using red duct tape.
  2. Wrap red duct tape down the length of your PVC pipe so that it looks like candy cane striping.
  3. Dip your Christmas tree watering pole into your tree stand (full of water) and mark on your PVC pipe where the top of the water line is when fully immersed.
  4. Wrap duct tape where this line is so that you can use the bottom of watering pole as a "dipstick" to measure how much water is in the stand without having to bend down to see!
  5. Finish your watering pole with a pretty Christmas bow added to the neck where the funnel and PVC pipe meet and add some jingling bells.

Your kids will fight for their turn to water the tree!

Keep your decorated watering pole near your tree so you won't forget to water!
It's so cute, it will look like Christmas decor.

 

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Other Christmas Tree Tips

1. Keep your Christmas tree away from heaters, heating vents, sunny windows, doors or windows that are constantly opened.

2. Use LED string lights instead of traditional ones as they emit less heat and are less apt to dry your tree.

3. Water, Water, Water your dang tree!

 

How To Pick a Fresh Christmas Tree From a Lot

1. Ask the attendant to see trees that have been recently delivered.

  Some Christmas trees that are not local are cut as early as October for December sales!

 

2. Take a good look at the tree!

   Yellow or brown leaves are a bad sign. 

    Duh.

 

3. Shake the tree!

Pick up the tree, shake it, or drop it a few inches to the ground to see how many needles fall.

It shouldn't look like it's raining!

A few needles dropping is normal, a lot is not!

 

4. Run your fingers through the branches, pulling gently at them.

   You should not have a handful of needles in your hand!

   A few needles are normal, stay away from trees in active needle drop mode.

 

 

 

Watch my television segment video, "Shirley Bovshow's Christmas Tree Buying Tips!"

 

 

I want you to feel empowered this year to keep your Christmas tree fresh.

Get yourself some Wilt-Pruf, follow the basic tips and make yourself a Christmas Tree Watering Pole and report back to me on how well it goes for you this holiday!

I want to know.

 

“Home & Family Show, Holiday Special” on Hallmark Channel

Home and family show Holiday Special on Hallmark channel with hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines. Featuring family members Shirley Bovshow, Matt Rogers, Kym Douglas, Tanya Memme, Sophie Uliano, Jessie Jane, Jill Simonian, Kenneth Wingard, Laura Nativo.

 

Hi Friends!

You are invited to watch a special television event that I appear in.

Shirley Bovshow shares chayote recipe with Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare as they celebrate the holidays with a primetime holiday special!  The house is full of Hallmark?s biggest stars, Actress and Country Music Star, Naomi Judd talks about family memories and her new film Window Wonderland.  Music sensation Il Volo performs Christmas favorites from their new album Buon Natale.  From the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, The Christmas Spirit, Actress, Nicollette Sheridan will be here with a sneak peek.  Jessie Jane makes DIY Christmas ornaments with help from Cameron Mathison and Kellie Martin from the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, The Christmas Ornament.  A special reading from Candace Cameron Bure, star of the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Let It Snow.  Choral performances of Christmas favorites, ice-skating in front of the tree, it is Holiday time here on Home & Family.

I'm sharing my "Foodie Gardener" recipe for "Chayote Squash with Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes!"

 

Hallmark Channel Announces A New Hallmark Channel Original Special

“Home & Family Holiday Special”

Hosted By Mark Steines & Cristina Ferrare

Monday, November 25th from 8:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT

On Hallmark Channel 

 

Hallmark Channel announces a new Hallmark Channel Original Special, “Home & Family Holiday Special,” starring Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare, will air on the network, Monday, November 25 (8:00pm ET/PT, 7:00pm CT). 

The “Home & Family Holiday Special” will encore on Tuesday, November 26 (10:00 am ET/PT, 9:00am CT).

 

The primetime edition of Hallmark Channel’s Daytime Emmy-nominated Original Series will feature Mark and Cristina celebrating the holidays with live entertainment, celebrity guests, recipes, crafts, and a tree-lighting ceremony second to none. 

Celebrities dropping by to celebrate with the family include Emmy Award-winning actor Kellie Martin, Daytime Emmy-nominated actor Cameron Mathison, veteran TV actor Candace Cameron Bure, six-time Grammy Award-winning sing/songwriter Naomi Judd, and Golden Globe nominee Nicollette Sheridan.

 

The special will also feature amazing musical performances by the Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo; TV Host/Singer/Song Writer and new “Home & Family” member Matt Rogers; and the John Burroughs High School Choir, the national grand champions of all high school choirs in the United States. 

And to top things off, a special festive ice rink will be set up in the Home & Family’s yard for a performance by the phenomenal Los Angeles Ice Theater company.  

 

 A “Home & Family Holiday Special” would not be complete without Cristina’s famous turkey dinner recipe that is a personal favorite of Oprah’s while Mark will share with the viewers, the secrets of how to take amazing holiday family pictures and make them unique to cherish for a lifetime of memories.  

Lastly, in keeping with holiday traditions, there will be a tree and house-lighting ceremony, complete with ornaments and decorations from Hallmark Cards.

 

Home and family show Holiday Special on Hallmark channel with hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines. Featuring family members Shirley Bovshow, Matt Rogers, Kym Douglas, Tanya Memme, Sophie Uliano, Jessie Jane, Jill Simonian, Kenneth Wingard, Laura Nativo.

 

“Home & Family” family members Shirley Bovshow, Kym Douglas, Jessie Jane, Debbie Matenopoulos, Tanya Meme, Laura Nativo Matt Rodgers, Jill Simonian, Sophie Uliano and Ken Wingard will also be on hand to help bring in the holiday spirit.

 

“Home & Family," nominated for a prestigious Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program and now in its second season, airs daily on Hallmark Channel, Monday -Friday (10:00am – 12:00pm. ET/PT, 9:00am CT). 

Marty Tenney is the Executive Producer, Stacey Patterson, Ryan Berlin and Megan Lawson are Senior Producers.  Bob Levy is the Director. 

“Home & Family” is a Woody Fraser Enterprises production.

 

The show is broadcast in 1080i, Hallmark Channel’s selected HD Format and this program carries a TV-G parental guideline rating.

 

For more information on “Home & Family” please visit HallmarkChannel.com/homeandfamily

Video Tour of The “Home & Family” Show House Taped at Universal Studios!

Home and Family Show website on the Hallmark Channel

 

I'm honored to be the resident garden designer and "family member" for the Emmy-nominated show, "Home & Family" airing on the Hallmark channel, Monday through Friday at 10 AM PST.

The live, two-hour show is led by Mark Steines, (E Entertainment) and Cristina Ferrare, (super model, celebrated cook, author and TV host).

 

cast of home & family show with Mark Steines, host, Shirley Bovshow, Jill Simonian, Sophie Uliano and Sandie Newton

 

What makes this show unique is that it is taped in a REAL house that was built specifically for this home and family entertainment/how-to magazine show at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Ca.

Just as every home as multiple rooms and family members living in the house, so does the show.

 

Shirley Bovshow, garden designer with Cristina Ferrare for the Home & Family Show

On any given day, there are segments presented by the resident, expert family members for cooking, crafts, DIY, gardening, (me!), beauty, health, mommy, parenting, and more!

You can expect a celebrity guest or two to drop in every day so you can keep up with popular culture.

 

If you are looking for a home and garden TV talk show,  check out the Home & Family show on Hallmark channel, and record it so you can enjoy it during your time of rest without interruptions! 

There is no show like it.

 

I'll see you at the HOUSE!

 

Build A Compost Bin For Red Worms: Vermicomposting

Red Wiggler Worms for Compost Bin

Build an inexpensive compost bin for red worms and get started on basic vermicomposting!

 

What is Vermicomposting?

 

"Vermicomposting is the process where red worms and micro organisms break down rotting food such as breads, banana peels, coffee grounds, paper products,  (anything but meat and oil) and transform it into rich, compost soil for your garden!"

 

Do you want to put your leftover food to work and save money on buying compost for your garden?

It's easy and doesn't require a demanding time commitment or a lot of money to get started.

 

How Do Red Worms Create Compost?

 

It's a comlicated process which I will simplify for you:

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The red worms live in a compost bin where microorganisms are plentiful.

They  dedicate themselves to eating rotting food, multiplying and excreting  "vermicastings."

Vermicastings are the end product or prized compost soil that can be used in both containers and garden beds.
 
 
In exchange for their castings, the worms ask for a warm, cozy, dark bin to live in, consistent moisture, and some food scraps- which, you need to dispose of anyway!
 
 
Sounds like a win/win situation.
 
 

Watch Video: "How to Make a Vermicomposting Box: Gardens of the Rich and Famous"

 

In this video, "How to Build a Vermicomposting Bin: Gardens of the Rich and Famous,"  I instruct a couple of  new gardeners, Ari and Emma how to create their own vermicomposting bin using paint buckets.

 

NEWS: 

I appear as the garden expert in a new web series called, "Gardens of the Rich and Famous" on the Digs Channel on YouTube.

Although the show is actually a comedy and not a traditional garden show,  you will take away a valuable "garden 101" tip  from me in each video!

Please subscribe to be notified each time a new video is posted!

 

Materials for Building a Compost Box for Worms

These are the materials I used in my video tutorial:

  • Two, 5-gallon paint buckets with plastic cover (one bucket will be placed inside the other)
  • A powered drill with 1/4" bit
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Rotting fruit, vegetables, bread, coffee and tea grounds
  • Red Wiggler worms (these are the best type of worms to use for vermicomposting)
  • Watering can

 

Steps for Building a Compost Box for Worms

Prepare the buckets!

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1. Drill holes on the bottom of bucket that will be nested inside the other bucket using 1/4 inch drill bit to provide drainage for liquids and water.

When excess water drips out of this bucket, it will be caught in the bottom of second bucket and can be used as "liquid tea" for watering plants.

 

Make Holes in Bucket with Quarter Inch Drill Bit about half inch apart

 

Holes should be 1/2 inch apart at bottom of bucket to release excess water.

The worms may crawl out but this is not likely.

Add a fine mesh cloth at bottom of bucket if it is a problem.

 

Drill Holes Compost Box Under Bucket Rim

 

Add more holes below the bucket rim for aeration.

Add holes all the way around.

Your worms need oxygen too!

 

Nest One Compost Bucket into Other Bucket Worm Composting

 

2. Nest the bucket that has holes into the second bucket that will act as a resevoir to hold excess liquid.

 

Add Shredded newspaper to worm composting bin

 

3. Add shredded newspaper to the bottom of your compost bucket

The newspaper will function as bedding for your red wigglers and should be fluffy and not compacted down, even after watering.

Many newspaper publishers use soy ink these days which is non toxic, but don't use the glossy paper or colored advertising circulers.

 

Water Newspaper in Worm Composting Bin EdenMakersBlog.com

 

4. Water the newspaper to a "wet rag" consistency.

The newspaper should not be soaking wet as this causes the paper to compact and reduces air circulation for the worms.

 

Rotting Bread Fruit Eggs For Worm Compost Box

 

5. Add rotting pieces of food to bin.

You have a wide assortment of foods that you can add to your worm compost bin but avoid meat, butter, and greasy food at all costs!

Oil and protein do not break down easily and you will attract rats and other vermin to your compost bin.

Yuck!

 

Be a mensch and cut your food into small pieces so that the worms can digest it easiser.

They have tiny mouths, as you can imagine, and a huge appetite.

Red wigglers in captivity will eat double their weight in food.

They channel their energy for eating and reproducing!

 

Get ready for worm population explosion in your compost bin- which is a good thing.

More worms, more poop!!

 

Coffee Grounds For Worm Compost Bin

 

6. Add coffee or tea grounds!

Make friends with the local barista and ask for their used coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds contribute a source of nitrogen and acidity to the compost.

Don't worry if you don't remove the paper filter- the worms will eat that too.

 

Add newspaper to worm composting bin

 

7. Add a final layer of newspaper and water it

As a top layer, I like to hide my food under a final layer of moist newspaper.

This gives my red worms a landing pad when I throw them in and the opportunity to dive and explore their new home.

The newspaper also obscures light coming from the top of the bucket (white lid) and maintains a dark environment which is ideal for the worms.

Red Wiggler Worms for Compost Bin

 

8. Add the worms!

Some people prefer to wait a week or two after preparing the worm compost bucket to give the food an opportunity to rot and time for micro organisms to multiply.

I add them immediately!

No problem so far.

 

You will need approximately one pound of red wiggler worms for each pound of food in your composter.

Great deals can be had online or at your local garden center.

I spent $15 for one pound of worms and I expect them to double in population in 60 to 90 days!

 

Place Worm Compost Bin in Shaded Area

 

9. Add your bucket cover and place your new vermicomposting bin in a sheltered area where it doesn't recieve direct sun.

We are not baking our worms!

Ideal temperatures range from 38 degrees to 85 degrees.

If you don't mind, you can place your compost bin indoors in a kitchen cupboard, utility room or garage.

 

10. Keep your worms fed!

The first few weeks of vermicomposting will be your discovery period.

Check your bin every few days to inspect the food consumption and assess how often you will need to feed your worms.

A good idea is to feed weekly and set the food in different places underneath your top layer of newspaper.

You don't want to concentrate the food in one area, let them explore!

If you need more paper, add moistened paper to your bin and fluff it so that worms can move around it.

 

Use Your Worm Castings in the Garden!

Within a few months, your worms will delight you with a supply of fresh compost soil that you can apply to container gardens and landscape plants!

Once you experience the joy of creating your own compost, you will be hooked!

 

 

Tips for Worm Composting

  1. Use an opaque colored bucket or bin to keep the inside of your bin dark. Your worms require it!
  2. Make sure the compost bin is always moist but never soaking wet.
  3. Add a little prepared compost or grit to your food mix for extra roughage. Yes, worms need fiber too!
  4. Harvest your worms from the finished compost by luring them to one area of the compost bin with new food. As they gather around the food, they will abandon the clean compost areas so that you can collect it and use in your garden!

 

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Shirley with Ari and Emma of the Digs Channel show, "Gardens of the Rich and Famous"- a comedy web series with gardening undertones!

 

Good luck with your worm composting project!

Please leave me your questions and comments below so that I can answer them for you.

 

Interested in Basic Composting For Beginners?

Perhaps you would like to learn about basic composting that does not involve worms?

Read  "Basic Composting For Beginners"  in my other blog, Foodie Gardener!

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See you soon.

Shirley

 

 

 

New Sunset Western Garden Book

SUNSET WESTERN GARDEN BOOK

 

 

Now in its 80th year and ninth edition, this legendary garden "bible" has been updated and redesigned to include over 2,000 beautiful color photographs for the first time.

The Sunset Western Garden Book was my first gardening book.

 

 

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Garden design by Shirley Bovshow

 

My nieghbor, Rob, who was an avid gardener, gave me my first Western Garden Book after seeing the horrible results of my first planting attempt.

His words: "Shirley, it looks like you planted a horse in your yard!"

Apparently, I was supposed to grade the soil after planting pansies and not leave the soil mounded like a bunch of mole holes!

 

Oh well, what did I know, I was just a newbie gardener.

 

Edible garden by Shirley Bovshow red and green lettuces

Learn how to grow your food with the Sunset Garden Book and EdenMakers Blog!

 

Now in its ninth edition and completely redesigned to be more accessible, this go-to reference for gardening in the western United States includes over 2,000 full-color photographs for the first time as well as extra emphasis on contemporary issues like climate change, edible gardening, and water conservation. 

 

With an encyclopedia of 9,000 plants, gardeners will relish the book's complete reference guide with photos for every plant genus, solid information about the West's distinct microclimates, and the new "Plant Finder" section with plants for every purpose and function.

 

Price:

$34.95 U.S. | $38.95 CAN

Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-376-03921-3 | ISBN-13: 978-0-376-03921-7
$44.95 U.S. | $49.95 CAN

 

Buy a copy at your local bookstore or online.

 

Inside The New Sunset Western Garden Book you'll learn to:

  • Find the perfect plant for every purpose. The Plant Finder includes 1,000 new photographs and has a mobile companion.
  • Make the most of your microclimate.
  • Be resourceful and sustainable.
  • Garden anywhere and everywhere.
  • Take your edible gardening to the next level. Learn to cultivate unique heirloom varieties and unusual plants.
  • Create a sense of place with regional gardens that celebrate the West's most iconic native plants and landscapes.
  • Get creative with cool garden projects.

In conjunction with the publication of the The New Sunset Western Garden Book, Sunset is relaunching the popular online Plant Finder database and is introducing a companion mobile website sponsored by The Association of California Water Agencies.

 

The new Plant Finder database and mobile app (www.sunset.com/plantfinder) feature 2,000 of the West's most popular plants all searchable by Sunset Climate Zone, plant type, sun and water requirements, and a variety of other categories.

 

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"Buff Beauty" yellow climbing rose

 

If you follow EdenMakers Blog, my garden falls in the Sunset Western Garden Book area of emphasis- western gardens.

Where do you garden?

Do you own a Sunset Garden Book?

 

Shirley

Are You a “Garden Coach?”

Shirley Bovshow the Garden Coach in los angeles

 

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Four years ago, the New York Times declared that my garden consulting service was officially called  "garden coaching."

The  New York Times  published  an article about homeowners who hire gardening professionals  to tutor them about the rudimentary basics of planting, garden maintenance and other skills including design.

 

Stuff I've been doing for years!

 

Shirley Bovshow the Garden Coach in los angeles

Shirley Bovshow explain tree pruning for TV audience.

 

The article didn't mention me by name, but I  knew it was referring to me:  "Shirley Bovshow,  Los Angeles Garden Designer and Consultant!"

 

Not to pass up a great, free,  promotional windfall  offered by the New York Times, I immediately added  the tag,"gardening coach" to my web site and business cards!

I also signed up at a new online "Garden Coach" directory  spearheaded by the very perceptive trend spotter,  Susan Harris, co-founder of the popular blog, Garden Rant.

 

The New York Times had shined a giant spotlight on  my vocation and it suddenly felt very sexy to tutor gardening neophytes on Saturday and (some) Sunday mornings!

I couldn't keep up with all the articles about garden coaching in weekend  Home and Garden sections and in print magazines.

 

Christina Salwitz the personal garden coach

My friends, Christina Salwitz is a very successful  "The Personal Garden Coach" and has been for years.

 

A trend had been birthed and the timing was perfect!

It was the "golden age" of garden coaching and many of my peers began to refer to themselves as "garden coaches."

(Self-titled garden coaches had been around for years, but now the title was validated.)

 

The result of the extra publicity yielded me a 2% increase in business within the first year  that I adopted the title.

 

Fast forward four years and I'm still a garden coach but my "students" refer to me as their "garden consultant."

Go figure!

 

What's your story?

Are you still a "garden coach" or have you reverted back to "consultant?"

 

By the way  New York Times, I could use a story about "Garden TV Producers for the Web, " I'm producing a lot of  new garden web series  these days!

 

 

Leaf Magazine: Online Magazine About Exterior Design

Leaf Magazine Exterior Design Preview Magazine Cover

Leaf Magazine, is  a new online digital magazine about exterior design.

It launched October 17, 2011.

Have you heard of it or am I breaking the news to you?

 

Leaf Magazine Exterior Design Preview Cover

Magazine cover by photographer Saxon Halt of Topher Delany garden.

 

According to magazine editors, Susan Cohan and Rochelle Greayer, the  magazine had over 100,000,000 online views the first day!

I’m not sure if this number reflects the  total amount of aggregated “page views” (the magazine has 90 pages!) or the amount  of unique readers.

Either way, I’m impressed!

 

About Leaf Magazine

Leaf Magazine is a digital magazine startup  founded and edited by landscape designer’s Susan Cohan and Rochelle Greayer!

The fact that Susan and Rochelle are professional landscape designers is not lost on me.

Who better to relay design trend information, present profiles of world-class designers, (past and present) and entertain our visual senses,  than masters of space design?

 

Leaf magazine believes in:

~ great design and living well outdoors
~ the cultivation of beauty in the garden and beyond
~ sharing ideas that can be interpreted by all who love design
~ the celebration of creativity, originality, and balance, tempered with a sense of humor
~ honoring the land we live on by elevating it through thoughtful design
~ creating and cultivating online communities

 

 

Is there a need for another garden design magazine?

 

What do YOU read?

Lets see, there aren’t many garden magazines left on the racks these days.

My library includes Garden Design Magazine, Better Homes and Garden, Sunset, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, some special Martha Stewart garden issues, Oprah “Home” issues, The Guru magazine from Australia and a few “shelter” magazines with gardening sections.

All of these magazines have their own websites and some have even created apps for an “enhanced reading experience” on iPad and other digital readers.

 

What distinguishes Leaf magazine from these other fine publications?

  • Leaf magazine is laid out in magazine style so you can flip the pages virtually
  • Articles contain hyperlinked texts for deeper reading
  • Using the digital publishing platform, ISSUU, Leaf magazine will be able to integrate video
  • Links to advertiser sites
  • A unique  editorial perspective from successful, talented designer/editors
  • It’s FREE! No cost subscription!
Apart from the digital bells and whistles, and the fact that it is free, the long-term success of Leaf magazine will rest on the EXPERIENCE that the publishers are able to give their readers.
Leaf magazine will have to “craft” a place for themselves in the design magazine niche that people want to tap into and come back to issue after issue.
An online destination that is unique, engaging, and inspiring.
The first issue of Leaf has great photography and writing but there is something that stands out even more to me.
I noticed that Leaf magazine has a strong, dedicated community of garden design pros and fans who are helping to get the word out.
I’m one of them!
 Susan and Rochelle have built strong followings as individual bloggers because of their excellent online content.
They are experts in garden design and  in community building.
In the online world, building a community is “gold” and is something that a big budget can’t buy.
It’s a personal connection that is earned and nurtured on a long-term basis.
I’m proud to introduce my EdenMaker friends to Leaf magazine.
Visit their website, subscribe to the magazine and enjoy the new garden design resource!