Looking for a Good Gardening Magazine?
Before I knew about blogs, I subscribed to a lot of gardening magazines. In fact, I pretty much subscribed to every gardening magazine I came across – including some that consisted mainly of photos sent in by readers (often of their grandchildren, not that there’s anything wrong with that).
I cut back on the magazines after discovering the intertubes. A bit of disenchantment was setting in anyways – the quality of the publications was variable, and there was a tendency towards repetition.
There were two subscriptions I kept, however: Fine Gardening and Gardens Illustrated (which is published in the UK and which I think of as the flagship of the garden magazine world).
And then I added a third: Garden Design Magazine. I think Garden Design Magazine is America’s answer to Gardens Illustrated. I mean, I love Gardens Illustrated, but now and then its Eurocentrism makes it hard to relate to.
One thing that’s remarkable about Garden Design Magazine is that there is so much of it. There are four issues per year, and each is almost like a book, containing 148 pages of writing and photographs that are at least equal in quality to Gardens Illustrated. And there are NO ADVERTISEMENTS. How is that even possible?
American gardens exist under extremely varied conditions. This magazine, however, relates well to my own Midwestern garden while giving me a sense of what’s happening in other regions of the country. Similarly, it covers a wide rage of gardening ideas – some close to my heart (there was a special issue on wildlife gardening), others that I’m not so familiar with.
In the last issue, my favorite items included: profiles of outstanding private gardens in Alaska, California, and northern Virginia; an article by Douglas Tallamy about fireflies in the garden; a discussion of the many species belonging to the genus formerly known as Aster; plus more about seed saving, Amaryllis, and the remarkable LongHouse Garden (and its founder) in New York.
Finally, I should add that Jim Peterson, the publisher of Garden Design Magazine, is a generous supporter of the annual Garden Bloggers Fling.
Do you subscribe to any gardening magazines?