Another year (almost) gone; a new one on the way. And thank goodness the frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday is behind us. Whew!

Oh, wait. That means we still face the panic of last-minute holiday shopping, planning, baking, traveling, card-writing, baking, wrapping, stocking-stuffing, baking … which means it might be a good time to grab a cup of hot cocoa, find your favorite chair – close the door – and kick back with American Nurseryman’s annual New Plant Introductions issue. Nothing lowers the blood pressure quite like gazing at promising new plants and dreaming of how they’ll add light and life to your garden designs and bottom lines.

So many plants, so little room … for even more temptations, check us out online. Through the miracle that is cyberspace, we’ve featured more fabulous new plants. And be sure to check out the Sweet Melissa Fashion Show entrants. Better yet, don’t miss the actual runway show itself. Scheduled for Sunday, January 8, at the National Green Centre in Kansas City, it’s sure to knock your socks off.

I’ll leave you now to comb through these pages – and those online. Hope to see you in KC and in the meantime, have wonder-filled holidays.