Wildflower is published quarterly by the Wildflower Center. Its content is national in scope with articles about the conservation and use of native plants as well as news from the Wildflower Center. A subscription is provided to Wildflower Center members as a benefit of membership.
Letter from the Editor - Spring 2014
WITH THIS FIRST WILDFLOWER magazine issue of 2014, it is time to assess how well the magazine tells the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's story. As the Wildflower Center takes on more diverse initiatives in its work to help conserve native landscapes, those of us who compile Wildflower magazine are fortunate to have a wealth of good stories to tell. Spring allows us to look at how well we do this and – with your input - do better.
We rely on photography to enhance our mission-driven stories. We think that if you see a gorgeous photograph of an equally gorgeous plant you're likely to find that plant a home in your garden – or care about conserving it. Take phlox for example, discussed by Gail Folkins starting on page 20 in "Old Flame." The way Central Texas nature photographer Steven Schwartzman and Connecticut garden designer and photographer Karen Bussolini captured these favorite spring plants made me want to run out and plant some.
When J. Marie Bassett proposed a story on early American plant explorers ("What's in a Name," page 12), I was unsure whether we could cover such enormous lives as Thomas Drummond and Jacob Lindheimer within one article. A veteran volunteer docent at the Wildflower Center and local historian, Bassett took great care with all the details to produce a story I hope you'll find as interesting as I do.
There is always more to say – but relatively little space to do so. Our Field Notes section has evolved throughout the years to cover more of our current news in each issue. And In Bloom has changed to include more how-to gardening information. We have revised our approach to feature articles on pages 12-25 by adding more sidebars and "short takes."
It's time to see how you think we are doing. Please help by completing the 2014 Wildflower Magazine Survey at www.wildflower.org/magazine_survey. Each change that we have made over the years has been made with your interests in mind. We promise we will take your feedback to heart and thank you in advance for your time.
– CHRISTINA KOSTA PROCOPIOU