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Looking Ahead, Looking Back: 5 Years of Gardenista

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Looking Ahead, Looking Back: 5 Years of Gardenista

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year from Gardenista! We’ve celebrated our fifth birthday and are thrilled to be the Internet’s best-read daily gardening and landscape design magazine.

With 17 new posts published each week, you may have missed a few since 2012. Here are some milestones, trends, favorite gardens—and highlights from our book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces:

2012

Above: Photograph by Aya Brackett.
  • Gardenista launches on May 22 with a first post that describes our view of The Cultivated Life.
  • Time magazine puts us on its list of The Year’s 25 Best Blogs, and reviewer Doug Aarnoth says, “It’s about much more than just gardens and gardening; plant Gardenista in your bookmarks.”
Above: Chef Samantha Greenwood at home in Berkeley, California. Photograph by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista.

2013

Above: Photograph by Michelle Slatalla.
  • The fiddle leaf fig houseplant craze takes off on Pinterest (and in Gardenista editor in chief Michelle Slatalla’s house, as chronicled in The Fig and I.)
  • We announce our first-ever Considered Design Awards contest. Readers vote to give the prizes to designers in British Columbia, Dublin, Los Angeles, Tucson, and Brooklyn.
  • The year’s top Expert Advice post is 10 tips for floral arrangements with native plants, from Manhattan-based florist Emily Thompson (whose past clients include the White House in the Obama administration).
Photograph by Marie Viljoen.
Above: Photograph by Marie Viljoen.

2014

Above: Photograph by Michelle Slatalla.
Photograph by Eleni Psyllaki.
Above: Photograph by Eleni Psyllaki.
Above: Photograph by Britt Willoughby Dyer.

2015

Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Above: Photograph by Nicole Franzen for Gardenista. For more, see Fence Fashion: 11 Ways to Add Curb Appeal with Horizontal Stripes.

2016

Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Michelle&#8\2\17;s garden. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Above: Michelle’s garden. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.

2017

Above: Gardenista contributor Sophia Moreno-Bunge introduces us to a few of her houseplant friends. Photograph by Beth Coller for Gardenista.

(N.B.: What’s ahead for gardeners in 2018? Check back tomorrow to see our latest list of Top Design Trends for the upcoming year.)

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