Plants Are Magic Magazine

A new magazine for makers, dreamers and plant lovers.

Celebrating botanical creativity and exploring the human relationship with plants.

Independently published by Rebecca Desnos & ad-free.

Vol. 2 is out now!

Available in print + digital


Vol. 1 : Well-being

The first edition of the magazine focuses on well-being.

There are  80 pages of plant-based art, craft, food, healing, interviews, stories, experiences, recipes and tutorials.

Some tasters of what you’ll find within the pages:

– Colours that Heal: harnessing the power of plants to dye therapeutic cloth.  Discover how to dye your own scarf with plants, using an alternative dyeing method to my usual soya milk process.

– Oil Power: ever wondered about the difference between an oil infusion and an essential oil? A herbalist share’s her journey with us and shows us the kinds of plants that make the best oil infusions and why.

– The Online Herbalist : read another herbalist’s thoughts on how herbal medicine is changing thanks to this technological age that we live in.

– Nourish Your Creativity : Practical tips for eating and cooking to help us reconnect with our inner creativity.

– Eat The Rainbow : Colourful plant-based recipes for a delicious Spring/Summer lunch.

– Homegrown Healing : Read a mother’s account of how the garden nourishes the whole family, not only with the delicious produce, but how their whole rhythm of life has evolved around their garden.

– A Therapeutic Language of Plant Life: Why are humans instinctively drawn to plants? Read someone’s personal account and learn about some of the theories behind this.

– Noticing Nature : How to appreciate what you have around you, no matter where you live. Some tips for sparking creativity and encouraging mindfulness.

– Interviews with a botanical artist, florist, plant-lover and family who live a plant-centred life.

Why print?

In this digital age, I feel like it’s more important than ever to celebrate the printed word (and image). Of course there are millions of free blog posts across the Internet, but this information is forgotten so easily.  In contrast, magazines are more permanent. I don’t know about you, but I treasure my favourite magazines for a long time and love to refer back to them.

To me, a magazine feels like a music album where each song has been carefully chosen; the order is important and there is a narrative running throughout. If I just did a few blog posts here and there it would feel more like when we download songs and listen to them on shuffle. I’m more interested in the relationships between the different pieces and how they come together as a whole. So each magazine edition is a new exploration with a new narrative.

The magazine is crafted, written, edited and independently published with love. It is printed in small batches at my favourite printers in the UK and I’ll post them out myself. It’s something to hold onto and cherish. The content won’t go out of date as it will be more like a book, and it is proudly ad-free. There is still a digital option as I know that some people just prefer the convenience of this.