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From the Editor: Here Comes the Bright

I met Carol Seldin at a cocktail party on a chilly evening in early spring, in a large room filled with people. Most of them were wearing black, having not yet shed their winter wardrobes. Carol, on the other hand, was in a jacket of turquoise blue, a stunning hue that drew eyes in her direction and got more than one person to start thinking about dressing for the longer, sunnier days on the horizon. She brought color and inspiration into that space. As it turns out, Carol is accustomed to stirring this type of reaction, only she does it best from her garden.

Carol’s New Canaan property is the cover feature this month. This master gardener channeled her considerable creative energy into the transformation of six acres into a series of gorgeous outdoor rooms capable of transporting anyone to a more tranquil place. Yet, as Tom Connor learned when he spent time with Carol for his story, the homeowner’s generous spirit is just as impressive as the dreamy outdoor oasis she conceived. Carol truly enjoys sharing her artful talents with others. In fact, her home will be open to the public for the Garden Conservancy Tour and the Bartlett Arboretum Tour. Try to see it for yourself, because while the photographs in our feature are spectacular, they provide just a glimpse of Carol’s grand green plan.

A garden is one place to escape to in the summer months. Many of us also like to break loose from the local scene and go places where we can unplug from the smartphone and reconnect with loved ones. In the feature on page 70, writer Mary Kate Hogan presents vacation options for adventurous families that like to play as hard as they work. For more travel suggestions, go to our website, where you’ll find recommendations from our globe-trotting readers.

While on the subject of the website, let me fill you in on the good news. We recently launched ilovefc.com, the source for timely information on people, events, dining and shopping throughout Fairfield County. It features exclusive content and photos, plus blogs on a variety of subjects that are written by local experts who make it their business to keep you in the know. In addition to this county-wide site, we’ve also debuted newcanaandarienmag.com, a town-specific resource that will give you access to all of the core local information you need, from event listings to restaurant reviews. Be sure to bookmark both sites and visit us often. We’ll be looking for you this summer.