G is for Garden and Gun
/gärˈdn’ ĭn gŭn/
Garden and Gun is a preeminent lifestyle magazine and the self-acclaimed, “Soul of the South.”
G & G, in the vernacular, is an ode to the traditional Upscale Southern lifestyle loosely translated to everyday living in the New South.
Sure, most of us don’t squeeze in a few rounds of sporting clays before hosting a 5-course candlelit dinner for 20 VIPs, prepared by Charleston Chef Sean Brock in a run-down but lavishly-staged barn on Flannery O’Connor’s family farm…
while wearing Dior…
but damn, it’s awfully fun sometimes to pretend you might.
And that’s what G & G does the best: saturate its reader with the lush landscape of the South, exploring culture and history; publishing essays from the South’s finest writers; showcasing food, music, art and travel – all the while inspiring a higher level of eating, drinking, decorating, story-tellin’ and just plain ol’being Southern.
(Oh, and it goes to the dogs, every year, when readers submit photos of their beloved pooches to vie for honors in the wildly lauded Good Dog competition.)
In our home (not so’s you’d be surprised), we actually use it as a verb. “Hey, let’s Garden and Gun up the local, small-batch heritage pork sausage display with Granny’s china and some flowers.”
“Garden & Gun Magazine’s style is bright and exuberant. The magazine revels in the culture, traditions, and heritage of all aspects of the South. Do you wish you had a place to turn for a cultural touchstone, or just to find the right comforter to complement the window dressings? This magazine is what you’ve had in mind all along.” – Amazon.com Review
“You don’t have to be Southern and you don’t have to live in the South to appreciate Garden & Gun, but you do have to have the time to read.” – Barbara Bing, Garden and Gun in interview with the New York Times
A – to – Z Challenge Note: we were out of town the last four days on a visit to the North Georgia Mountains and our rental home had no internet. I could squeeze out an email or Instagram or two, via the phone signal but WordPress slapped me in the face and refused all communications without wifi, so I wasn’t able to post Friday, Saturday or Monday, thus 86’ing myself from the competition.
I’m having fun, though, so I’ll keep trying to play along regardless and hopefully, you’ll keep reading. Thank you all so much for all your kind comments so far!