I have to tell you though any magazine that talks about prairie always gets my attention. I grew up in rural Minnesota about 100 miles west of Minneapolis/ St. Paul. It was an area of very flat land that was originally long grass prairie and is now very rich farm land. Much of this country was flat open spaces and big has a big sky feel.
Both of my grand parents immigrated from Europe and became farmers on that Minnesota prairie, My German Grandfather on my mother's side of the family(pictured below) had a fairly large farm which he call Evergreen Lane. There were two driveways that took you in to the farm and planted on both sides of the driveway were evergreens. Thus the name of the farm. The evergreens always seem abit out of place of that wind swept land which was largely devoid of trees except for the trees most farmers had trees planted on the north and west sides of the farm to provide a wind break from the winds that were cold and brought in numerous storms in the winter.
I never had a chance to get to know my Grandfather because he died two years before I was born. In many ways he and I are not at all alike based on what I know about him. But he did have a creative side that even to this day inspires me. He loved working with his hands and created many things that today we would call folk art. Maybe we could even call it prairie folk art.
So see it is hard for me to not fall in love with the very notion of a romantic prairie style. A few years ago I went back to Minnesota with my camera and took a few pictures of what was left of my Grandfather's work and Evergreen Lane. I took the below picture of the concrete post standing in the backyard of what was his city garden. The pickets of the fence have long ago rotted but has you can see the post still stands proud. I am told that the person who purchased the house after my grandmother died moved the trellis and had it restored. I have long wanted to build that trellis as well(another item on my very long list of projects to do).