In Full Bloom

Marianne Howaston, CEO Letter SFCandG

“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom,” wrote American poet and author Margaret Elizabeth Sangster. That observation on the inevitability of nature’s cycle had me thinking about our own cycle at Cottages & Gardens Publications. In May, we are 10 issues into our annual count of 31, with the big bloom coming from now till the end of the year.

May heralds the summer season in all four of our markets. In CTC&G, we cover Connecticut’s obsession with gardening, pool and tennis court openings, the fun of antiquing from Greenwich to Woodbury, and house tours in Westport and Fairfield.

In NYC&G, we guide New Yorkers as they head for the beaches of Long Island Sound, take in the magnificence of the Hudson Valley or try to get ahead of the real estate frenzy in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Hamptons sizzle during HC&G’s high season, fortnightly (!) publishing schedule so fast that if you blink, you’ll miss it! In this corner of the world, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on everything from real estate to entertaining to philanthropy. Starting with HC&G’s June kickoff issue, out in time for Memorial Day, readers snatch up our six summer editions, some with special themes such as “Artists & Collectors,” “Entertaining” and “Architecture.”

Across the continent, the seven-by-seven-mile square otherwise known as San Francisco boasts a wide array of microclimates. Summertime is characterized by cool marine air and persistent coastal fog (my favorite), while in a matter of minutes, it changes to hot sun in the wine country of Sonoma and Napa or down the coast at Carmel-by-the-Sea. Our readers experience all of it through SFC&G’s incisive coverage of what’s happening in this fabulous region.

In all four of our super-hot markets, our readers’ desire for indoor-outdoor rooms is top of mind this time of year, with manufacturers creating new wonders on a daily basis and designers, architects, and builders busily fulfilling their clients’ dreams. It’s going to be a great summer!

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