Letter from the Editor

 Editor Debby Larsen on a garden photo shoot. Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

An April Shower of Flowers!

Each year I eagerly await the arrival of spring! Bright penstemons in pink, red and orange start to emerge in my garden, many from seeds I planted last fall.

The vignette on our cover was captured on a photo shoot at one of the most amazing gardens in Tucson. Inspired by a beloved children’s book, this “secret” place is tucked away at the end of a long, winding driveway. Get the story starting on page 22.

Our home story, beginning on page 30, takes us to a historic neighborhood, where a Spanish Revival house has been remodeled to fit the owners’ lifestyle — complete with a central garden courtyard.

Looking for inspiration on how to dress up your outdoor spaces? There are several local garden tours where you can meet the homeowners and talk to landscape designers. This year, two tours will take place on Saturday, April 14. On page 17 get a glimpse of the 19th annual Master Gardeners’ Home Garden Tour. And be sure to read on for a preview of the 8th Annual Tucson Botanical Gardens Ultimate Home & Garden Tour on page 29.

Speaking of gardens, we visited Metal Arts Village to photograph their Sculpture Garden, which is the site of monthly full-moon celebrations of art, music and more. Learn about this must-visit venue on page 36.