Elizabeth Jardina Elizabeth Jardina is a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Alta, Real Simple, Cooking Light, and the Oakland Tribune. She won a James Beard award for blogging in 2009. She writes about gardens and culture. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.