From the very first page, Cedar Magazine feels like a quintessentially English magazine. Inspired by nature, the photography and articles about gardening and lifestyle are beautifully presented.
Bath based magazine
The creators of Cedar, Matt Green and Katie Thomas, are based in Bath. I bought a copy of the first issue of Cedar Magazine when I visited Papersmiths in Bristol. As I was in the area, it felt only right to buy a magazine from the South West. So I was really pleased to pick up the first issue of a fairly local publication.
independent magazines are heading outdoors. As we spend more of our lives online, independent magazines, a purveyor of counter-culture, are rediscovering the natural world.
I particularly like the photography in Cedar. Shot on film, the images have a romantic softness and golden hued tones. To be expected with the first issue, some small grammatical errors slipped through the net. But it didn’t stop me from enjoying the magazine.
Describing Cedar as a ‘gardening magazine’ seems strange at first. It’s so far from having a photo of Alan Titchmarsh on the cover. And it’s so much more interesting than lawn maintenance tips! Cedar’s common theme is one of gentle discovery of the outdoors. The magazine doesn’t just discover gardens but plants in lots of contexts. The first issue explores edible gardens at The Ethicurean, a foodie heaven restaurant in the Mendip Hills. And how plants and architecture work together in The Barbican’s conservatory in London.
However, it does seem natural to me that independent magazines are heading outdoors. As we spend more of our lives online, independent magazines, a purveyor of counter-culture, are rediscovering the natural world. I live in a flat in London, and I often feel frustrated that I don’t have my own garden. I would like to spend more time in nature. Yet, Cedar has reminded me that there are beautiful gardens to be enjoyed everywhere. I’ve just got to pay attention to them.