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Meridith Ingram

I never met a flower I didn’t like. (Yes, even carnations. When given or received in love and kindness, they offer color, texture and a smile. You can’t change my mind.) That’s why this issue is one of my favorites to date, since we have the pleasure of sharing an up-close look at four bustling local flower farms. You may gain new appreciation for nature’s humble gifts after meeting these hardworking, passionate farm owners and learning about all that goes into this endeavor (it’s a major feat!). Maybe you’ll even be inspired try a little floral arranging of your own using local blooms.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia is back, too, after a COVID hiatus in 2020—and the Lynchburg tour, to be held Tuesday, April 20, offers even more to love about spring. Check out the tour preview in this issue and make plans to attend! This issue’s feature home also happens to be part of Garden Day festivities; get to know homeowners Liz and James Foster and be inspired by their treasure-filled interiors and thoughtfully designed exterior spaces. Working on the garden in your own backyard? Read up on getting your garden tools ready and organized for the season. If you aren’t quite ready to dig in, consider doing some garden planning. Our article on foundation plantings will help you increase your home’s curb appeal using particular plants around the perimeter.

It’s also a great time for executing some interior projects, after a long winter of scheming and dreaming. Local experts weigh in on trends in kitchen island design. Spoiler alert: color is back! Take some tips on creating character in your home by layering design elements in a way that is uniquely you. Make the big push for “spring cleaning” a thing of the past by building new, simple cleaning routines that make maintaining an orderly home a lot easier. After cleaning, try a new blend of tea after reading about brewing the perfect cup. And whatever you’re doing at home this spring, don’t forget to include a bouquet of fresh, local flowers. They just make everything better.

Thanks for reading!
Meridith Ingram

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