About Better Homes & Gardens

Who We Are

Better Homes & Gardens launched in 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa, as Fruit, Garden and Home by Edwin Meredith, who wanted a product that door-to-door magazine salesmen could offer the woman who answered. For one hundred years, Better Homes & Gardens has been stimulating creativity, delivering know-how, and sharing fresh ideas that you can make your own. We power your passion to live a better, more beautiful, and colorful life.

Better Homes & Gardens is a go-to resource for home ideas, food and recipes for every day and special occasions, and garden know-how that can't be rivaled. Our early magazines dealt almost exclusively with garden topics, but as the years—and our name and logo—progressed, we've been busy adding to our encyclopedia of home helpers. We built a first-of-its-kind "taste-testing kitchen" in 1928, and by the 1970s, we had over 7 million magazine subscribers. We erected a half-acre test garden in the middle of Des Moines, Iowa, in 1998, and in all the years between filled our pages with ideas for elevating everyday living.

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General Manager, Emily Manchester

Emily Manchester has been with Dotdash Meredith since 2016 and is the General Manager of BHG.com. Previously, she led all editorial and strategy decisions for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine as Editorial & Strategy Director. She was a part of the team that launched the original Spruce site in 2017. Over the span of her career, Emily has worked on both editorial and SEO teams and has 8 years of experience in digital content.

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Editorial Director, Rachel Weber

Rachel is the editorial director at BHG.com and has spent her entire career writing about products, trends, and sharing stories at some of the most beloved magazine brands in the world. A first-generation college student with roots in the Midwest, she has worked hard to make her homeschool days pay off in a real-life career. All those days spent canning strawberry jam, sewing dresses, helping renovate rooms, crocheting blankets, gardening, and baking pies have helped her master the topic areas of all things home and garden. Rachel completed her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and psychology, holds a master's degree in communication leadership from Drake University, and completed the executive leadership in print and digital media program at Yale University.

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Senior Editor, Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips has immersed herself in all things home her entire career. She's currently a senior editor at BHG.com and has more than 5 years of experience working at beloved brands such as Coastal Living, Real Simple, and most recently at The Spruce. With both print and digital media experience, she's honed her skills as a writer, editor, researcher, and fact-checker. The first to raise her hand and ask a question, her curiosity tends to be the catalyst to fruitful and enjoyable conversations.

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Senior Editor, Food and Recipes, Sheena Chihak, R.D.

Sheena Chihak is the senior food editor at BHG.com. When she's not writing about, looking at food, or editing food content for work, she's probably eating (or exercising to keep it balanced). She can't say no to cheese, pie, whisky, wine, kumquats, or a killer salad. Her go-to dinners are casseroles, skillet meals, or salads that let her put multiple food groups into one dish. Her food choices, and life choices for that matter, come down to variety and balance. Add butter and veggies, put in hard work at the office and travel somewhere new, work out regularly and get a massage. A registered dietician, Sheena earned her dual B.S. degrees in dietetics and journalism from Iowa State University.

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Senior Editor, Home, Caitlin Sole

Caitlin Sole is the senior home editor at BHG.com. She is a writer and editor with nearly a decade of interior design education and expertise. She has vast experience with digital publishing, including SEO, photoshoot production, video production, eCommerce content, print collaboration, and custom sales content. Caitlin regularly attends trade shows and industry press conferences for market research and continued education. She graduated with a bachelor of journalism, with an emphasis in magazine editing, as well as a minor in textile and apparel management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Editor, Holidays & Entertaining, Sarah Martens

Sarah Martens is the digital holidays and entertaining editor at BHG.com where she has a pulse on all things worth celebrating. A foodie to the core, Sarah started her career in insurance and a food blogger on the side. Now, she's the go-to source for new craft trends (she's the mastermind behind marbleized Easter eggs) and sharing stories about traditional and emerging holidays. She holds a B.A. in magazine journalism from Drake University.

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Editor, Garden, Viveka Neveln

Viveka Neveln is the garden editor at BHG.com. She is our staff expert in gardening, plants, landscaping, garden design, trends, pest control, and more. Viveka loves getting people excited about the botanical world and feels happiest with dirt under her nails. She's been an avid gardener for more than 30 years across 4 states and 3 countries. Viveka's got a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Iowa State University and a master's degree in plant pathology from Cornell University.

Editorial Policy

Our goal is to provide accurate, reliable, credible, engaging, and balanced information online for our readers. Our editorial content is produced independently and without influence by any advertiser or commercial supporter. We source our stories with information experts and they are written by experts in their fields. Online content is defined as text, articles, photos, graphics, audio, video, blogs, user-generated content (UGC), and links.

Content Integrity

We are committed to the quality and trustworthiness of our content and editorial processes. Our team of writers, editors, and photographers rigorously researches and reviews all content on an ongoing basis to ensure it is up to date, accurate, and puts the needs of our readers first.

Original illustrations, graphics, images, and videos are created by internal teams, who collaborate with experts in their fields to produce assets that represent diverse voices, perspectives, and context. Periodic review by editors as well as by Anti-Bias or other Review Board members as appropriate, ensure the quality, accuracy, and integrity of these assets. Photos and videos are not edited in any way that may cause them to be false or misleading.

We correct any factual errors in a transparent manner and strive to make it easy for our readers to bring errors to our attention.

Read our full integrity promise including our policies on accuracy and corrections, fact checking independence and impartiality, and originality here.

Diversity Pledge

BHG.com believes that individuals deserve respect, representation, and opportunity. We work daily to create content that elevates the voices of talented creatives and experts. We believe in telling personal stories and sharing the unique products behind those creatives and experts. Our goal is to constantly grow and evolve, and we strive for excellence as we help you make your home better every day.

We are committed to diversifying our contributor network to amplify BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices, from writers and sources to illustrators, photographers, stylists, and freelance staff who work on our brand. We strive for inclusivity in our editorial coverage and are regularly updating our style guide to avoid problematic terms. We are regularly updating content such as old recipes and legacy home and garden guides and tours through a lens of cultural sensitivity.

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine

Better Homes & Gardens launched in 1922 as Fruit, Garden and Home. The magazine offered informative articles, cooking techniques, and contests. In 1925, the name changed to Better Homes & Gardens, and it was considered one of the "Seven Sisters" women's service magazines. Throughout the decades, BH&G has branched out to cookbooks (the New Cookbook, affectionately called the "Red Plaid Cookbook," was first published in 1930 and has sold approximately 38 million copies), special interest publications, real estate, television shows, and more. The brand has been one of the most popular media outlets throughout the 20th century. Better Homes & Gardens is published 10 times a year with a rate base of 5 million. It was recently awarded the 2021 FOLIO Eddie Award for Best Consumer, Home & Living magazine for our Stylemaker issue.

Our Editorial Teams

Our editorial and leadership team is comprised of experienced editors and experts in their field including food, home design, gardening, and more. At Better Homes & Gardens, we hope to fuel your creative ideas and help you bring them into reality. 

BHG.com Editorial Staff

SVP & Group General Manager, Home & Design Mélanie Berliet
General Manager Emily Manchester
Editorial Director Rachel Weber
Senior Editor Lauren Phillips
Senior Editor, Food & Recipes Sheena Chihak, R.D.
Senior Editor, Home Caitlin Sole
Editor, Holidays & Entertaining Sarah Martens
Editor, Garden Viveka Neveln
Social Editor Jennifer Aldrich
Visuals Editor Casey Oto
Associate Editor, Food & Recipes Katlyn Moncada
Assistant Editor, Home Jessica Bennett
Assistant Editor, Holidays & Entertaining Emily VanSchmus
Editorial Associate Bryce Jones
Editorial Apprentice, Holidays & Entertaining Savanna Bous
Editorial Apprentice, Home Kaylei Fear

Executive Video Producer Allie Merriam
Senior Video Producer Shirley Cheng
Associate Video Producer Brandi Fuller

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Editorial Staff

Vice President, Editor In Chief Stephen Orr
Creative Director Jennifer D. Madara
Executive Editor Oma Blaise Ford
Managing Editor Greg Kayko

Home Editor Amy Panos
Style & Design Director
Jessica Thomas
West Coast Editor/Gardens
Miranda Crowell
Senior Style Editor
Jennifer Condon
Senior Editors
Katy Kiick Condon, Monika Biegler Eyers, Kit Selzer
Associate Market Editor
Lauren Bengtson
Associate Editor
Mallory Abreu
Editorial Apprentice
Ella Field
Test Garden Manager
Sandra J. Gerdes

Food Editor Jan Miller
Senior Editors Carrie Boyd, Emily Teel
Editorial Assistant Renee Irey
Editorial Apprentice Sydney Novak

Features Editor Diana Dickinson
Health & Features Director
Amy Brightfield
Beauty & Fashion Director
Erica Metzger
Assistant Editor
Samantha Benoit

Design Director Stephanie Hunter
Deputy Art Directors
Jarret Einck, Lori Sturdivant
Associate Art Director
Maggie Goldsmith
Photo Editor
Holly Pruett

Copy Chief Angela K. Renkoski
Senior Copy Editors Erika Bjorklund, Martha Coloff Long, Madelaine Jerousek-Smith
Production Editor Cindy Murphy

Recent Press

Our editors share valuable insider tips and tricks every day. Here are some of our editorial team's latest features in national media. For press queries, you can reach us at bhg.press@meredith.com.

About Dotdash Meredith 

BHG.com is part of the Dotdash Meredith publishing family, an operating business of IAC.

Dotdash Meredith is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith's over 50 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, FOOD & WINE, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, Southern Living, and more.

Dotdash Meredith Press 

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Meet Our Senior Management Team 

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Privacy

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Contact Us

Do you have something you'd like to share? Whether you have a comment, need help or have an idea to share, we look forward to hearing from you: bhgeditor@meredith.com.

You may also mail us a letter at: Better Homes & Gardens, 1716 Locust St, Des Moines IA 50309