March 2014 Issue
Editor's Note: Spring Forward
Last summer, one of my first duties as the magazine’s incoming editor was calling Krista Havill to see if she’d go outside and take a bunch of pictures of her backyard for us. Oh, and there was one other thing: Could she send them over to us by the end of the day?
It’s an odd call to get on a random weekday morning in July, but Krista was friendly and gracious. I explained that we had found her home on a gardening blog and that it was at the top of a list of homes we hoped to feature in our March 2014 issue.
A master gardener, Krista was initially a bit reluctant to send photos of the space she’d spent years creating before having the opportunity to spend some time tidying up over the weekend. But when the snapshots arrived via email later that afternoon, there was no doubt that we wanted to send a photographer to the Havills’ home so we could share their backyard retreat with you in the pages of this month’s magazine.
Providing our readers with gardening inspiration just as our state is beginning to thaw out has become a spring tradition for us. In recent years, this has taken the form of showcasing a beautiful Ohio backyard and the homeowners who brought it to life. It’s a search that starts months beforehand, so we can capture the spaces we feature in the prime of summer.
We were drawn to the Havills’ backyard because of its centerpiece water garden. Krista and her husband, Nick, created it themselves, initially envisioning how it would fit into their existing landscape by laying out garden hoses to approximate potential shapes and then sketching out their design to scale.
Such a project is a big job, but it’s not impossible to do yourself. If you’re thinking about taking on such a venture before summer arrives, Krista offers some advice based on what she and Nick learned from constructing their serene space, which you can read about and get a closer look at starting on page 92.
This month’s issue also includes a story celebrating the music of the late Jason Molina, a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who grew up in Lorain and gained notoriety for his bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. Molina died last March at age 39, leaving behind a collection of raw and beautiful music that bears the fingerprints of his upbringing along the Lake Erie shore. Sadly, health complications brought on by addiction cut his life short as he was working toward recovery. But his music and the poetry it contains are what will always speak for him and his life here, as one of us.