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MAY-JUN 2018

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Margot Shaw EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SDG, "To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." –JANE AUSTEN, MANSFIELD PARK From our online shop: Polished solid copper 5-quart indoor/outdoor watering can by Garrett Wade, $160, flowermagshop.com I REMEMBER SEEING the movie version of another Jane Austen novel, Emma. I had read most of Austen's books and was eager to see this one brought to life. My husband and I drove to an outlying theater on a Sunday afternoon and were two of five moviegoers seeing Emma. As it happened, we knew the other three. When the film ended and we filed out, I asked everyone what they found remarkable about the movie. Someone mentioned Gwyneth Paltrow's excellent English accent, and another, the period costumes and props. I shared that I was transported by the leisurely pace of the characters' lives, so dreamily evoked in the scene where Emma is doing needlework under a fanciful marquee in a lush green field—a pace so absent from today's world. Yes, life is busy and full and fast and furious these days, so to claim a space in time, outdoors, without screens, reveling in the beauty of nature, is indeed a luxury, but at the risk of sounding somewhat oxymoronic, I would say a necessary luxury. Now, we can't all loll about in the English countryside in our Empire gowns or, like Emma's Mr. Knightley, in our stock ties and riding boots, but we can be inspired by the gorgeous gardens in this issue, from the iconic gardens of Yorkshire to the East Hampton garden of contributor Charlotte Moss to a New England botanical masterpiece conceived and brought to fruition by a ballet dancer–turned-gardener. I hope time spent in these pages will provide you with "the most perfect refreshment." PHOTO BY BETH HONTZAS 6 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8 WATERING CAN To see this issue online, visit flowermag.com/digital-issue Follow us wateringcan@flowermag.com or Letters to the Editor Flower magazine P.O. Box 530645 Birmingham, AL 35253 Please send your comments, triumphs, challenges & questions to:

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