This issue of Home & Garden is all about finding your space. If you’re a woman in Santa Cruz County who is also a crafter, maker, artist, that space just might be the Craftsmen Collective in Soquel. Founded by a floral designer, this beautifully curated space is a hotspot for the two things we obsess over in these pages: amazing design and the culture around living plants. Read Maria Grusauskas’ story on page 12 to get some insight into one of the most innovative and interesting maker spaces in Santa Cruz County.
If you’re thinking of joining the many people who have joined the Tiny House movement—which is thriving in this area thanks to a number of factors, from environmental consciousness to the high cost of housing—then Richard Stockton’s story about how he converted an Airstream trailer into a happy little home might help you find your space. Think of it as Extreme Makeover: Tiny House Edition. It’s funny stuff, and worth a read even if you’re only really interested in gigantic, towering homes.
If you’re looking for something different in your gardening life, Dig Gardens may be the space for you. Our story in this issue explains how Cara and Will Meyers built their business into the place in Santa Cruz for succulents and other gardening fixations.
Speaking of succulents, Christina Waters is ready to tell you how they can change your life—as in actually shake up how you see the world. Just turn to page 16. And Lily Stoicheff has some suggestions for those who want to combine their love of gardening and fermenting. I’m telling you, this issue is a dilly of a pickle.
STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR