100th Anniversary of Better Homes & Gardens

The BHG turns 100 this year! Since our first issue in 1922, we’ve been helping families improve their homes and lives. (Fun Fact: Our name was originally orchard and house.) Those early magazines were almost exclusively about gardening, but over the years – and our name and logo – we’ve been busy expanding our encyclopedia of domestic helpers. We built a unique “taste test kitchen” in 1928 and had over 7 million subscribers by the 1970s. We set up a half-acre test garden in the middle of Des Moines, Iowa in 1998 and in all the years in between have filled our pages with ideas to improve everyday life.

We are so proud of the friendship and trust we have built with our readers over the years. And we’re excited to see what’s next on the print and digital pages of Better houses and gardensanything to decorate our homes, meals and gardens, well, better.

To kick off our anniversary year, we’re highlighting the foods that have graced our pages and brought to life in our cookbook, as well as the past 100 years of home design. BHG has been a staple in homes around the world for a century and we celebrate this important milestone throughout the year.

Since our very first issue, Better Homes & Gardens has been reporting on how our homes work. As an iconic brand, we’ve successfully captured the last century of home design trends – trends that first emerged in the 1920s are still roaring in 2022. Take a walk down memory lane with some of the most iconic home design trends of the last century that can bring back memories of your childhood home — and even your grandmother’s house.

With so many editions in circulation and a best-selling cookbook, we’ve been able to set quite a few trends over the years. Ask any BH&G foodie and they’ll humbly tell you: 1950s food editor Myrna Johnston “passed” the tossed salad. And the barbecue in the garden that you are looking forward to this summer? You’re welcome!

But not everything we did was a hit. We’ve had our share of failures over the years. In fact, we scoured the Red Plaid cookbook for recipes that made us wonder how they would hold up today. Watch our Then & Now video series to see how some questionable vintage food ideas look in today’s kitchens:

Edit: Lili Zarghami, Katlyn Moncada, Katy Kiick-Condon, Stephen Orr
Produced by Casey Oto
Digital Creative Director: Julia Bohan-Upadhyay
Senior Digital Art Director: Alice Morgan
Motion Graphics Designer: Ricardo Boncy

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