Letter from the Editor

Debby Larsen on the desert garden
photo shoot at the Mattioli residence.
Photo by Robin Stancliff.

Celebrate Summer!

School graduations and Cinco de Mayo may be behind us, but there are still plenty of reasons for gatherings and celebrations! Our coverstory  took us to the Foothills home of Karen McMaster to photograph her lovely garden areas as she prepared a dinner party. To find out how her “perfectly placed patios” are ideal for an outdoor lifestyle, begin reading on page 14.

In nearby Vail, which was a ranching community and a water stop for the Southern Pacific Railroad back in the late 19th century, the views alone are worth the drive. Here we found a desert garden designed by Frank and Joyce Mattioli. See the results of their horticultural vision on page 20.

Not far away, the adobe home of Jo Kubran Ward and Phil Ward provides a showcase for their various collections of artworks. Turn to page 26 to discover the home’s many charms.
The Pros Who Know — on page 32 — profiles award-winning company HF Coors Dinnerware, which moved its production facilities to Tucson in 2003. And even though temps are heating up, there is still plenty to do in the garden. To learn about a colorful plant that you may want to add to your landscape, see page 12.