The Plant Journal: A New Magazine Exploring Creative People's Relationships With Plants (Interview)


Images: Courtesy of The Plant Journal.

A story on New Yorker's stubbornness to grow in the least traditional spaces, a special report on how to take care of a Staghorn Fern, and a tale of a trip to a mysterious nursery in Buenos Aires are some of the articles that you'll find at The Plant Journal: a new magazine coming from Barcelona that hopes to explore the bonds of creative people with plants.

One of its founding editors, journalist Cristina Merino (who created the publication with graphic designers Isabel Merino and Carol Montpart), spoke with TreeHugger about the endeavor and our changing relationship with nature.TH: How did the magazine come up?
CM: It all started when we realized that every time we had to make a gift, we gave plants. And our friends did the same with us. Plants come to your house, you take care of them, and you establish a special relationship with them. As lovers of publications, especially print, we thought it would be a nice idea to create a magazine entirely devoted to plants, since we couldn't find any with the approach we had in mind.


TH: Can you describe the magazine in more detail?
CM: Each issue has a botanical section that focuses on a specific plant. In this first number, the booklet is devoted to Platycerium and it includes details on cultivation and care, as well as personal stories and a series of illustrations in relation to this plant.

Apart from that, there's a bit of everything: editorial photography, recipes with herbs, articles on the presence of plants in the cities, fictional stories, interviews with artists whose work is related to plants, the favorite plants of people with special sensitivity to them, instructions to make raised beds and containers, reflections on the presence of plants in the movies.


TH: Do you think there's a renewed interest in nature and plants in people? What did you discover about how our relationship with them is changing?
CM: We can indeed speak of a renewed interest in everything related to the botanical and the organic. Apart from the charm plants have, we assume there's also a need to return to nature, to the basics, which comes from a tiredness with the rush and fast pace everything seems to be moving with.

Faced with the need of being constantly updated and in the latest trend, people look for quieter, less artificial lifestyles, not only in the domestic and quotidian but also in the field of creativity. Given that they work with a special sensitivity and seek new meanings in their surrounding environments all the time, artists and creative people are promoters of this movement.

The Plant Journal received a warm welcome from the creative community in its first Spring-Summer 2011 issue, out last month. Flipping its pages, you get a feeling of the more relaxed vibe Merino talks about, with beautifully crafted pages, a subtle look and carefully chosen words and subjects.

Although published in Spain, the magazine it entirely in English and has an international distribution. Cover price is 10 euros for Spain, 12 for Europe (contact the publishers at their website for a copy). It's biannual, so the next edition will come out in November.


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