With only a few weeks left before Santa rides it’s time to peruse that Christmas list and for the loves and buds who dig in the dirt, subscriptions to gardening magazines are welcome gifts that keep on giving through out the year.
Here’s a list of my faves you’ll find stacked on my coffee table.
Fine Gardening: A general interest magazine geared to avid gardeners and inspired beginners, long considered a must read for those who take their gardening seriously. There’s a handy pronunciation guide for featured plants. Articles provide hands on advice and inspiration on garden design, intriguing plants, reliable techniques and practical landscaping projects. (800) 888-8286 www.taunton.com, $29.95/6 issues.
Horticulture: Ranks along side Fine Gardening as a required handbook for hort heads of all skill levels. Recent changes in editorial staff may mean big changes in the coming months. Subscribers get a discount on tickets for the annual Cranbrook / Horticulture symposium held in February (877) 860-9146, www.hortmag.com. $28/7 issues.
The American Gardener: Ranked right up there with Horticulture and Fine Gardening, a subscription includes membership in the American Horticultural Society and lots of bennies, including a gardeners’ information service, a free seed exchange, book discounts and free or discounted admission to 150 botanical gardens, flower shows and programs. This top-notch general gardening periodical is geared to environmentally friendly issues; (800) 777-7931 www.ahs.org, $35/6 issues.
The American Rose: Available only by subscription, AR features everything you wanted to know about growing roses and more. A subscription includes membership in the American Rose Society, the American Rose Annual; the Handbook For Selecting Roses, technical support from local ARS consulting rosarians, a Buyer’s Guide mail-order source list and manufacturer’s discounts. That’s a pretty big package for just $37. New member gift subscriptions receive a $5 discount on the subscription fee and a certificate for a free mini rose bush: (800) 637-6534,www.ars.org, $37/12 issues.
Garden Design: This coffee table garden mag features the gardens of the rich and richer, along with updates on what’s hot in the green market. The outdoor and indoor gardens are elegant, lovely to look at and reek of money: (800) 513-0848 www.gardendesignmag.com $23.95/6 issues.
Garden Gate: This general interest gardening magazine geared to both the new and experienced gardener carries no advertising to distract green thumbs from the facts. Heavily illustrated how-tos leave little to the imagination and dirt gardeners love it; (800) 978-9631 www.GardenGateMagazine.com , $20/6 issues. Best Buy $26/12 issues.
The Michigan Gardener: Metro Detroit’s monthly tab magazine includes a monthly to-do list along with timely articles written by local gardening experts. Though it’s distributed free at many garden centers in the metro area, a subscription assures you never miss an issue. The listing of metro area garden centers along with a handy locator map is priceless. [www.michigangardener.com] (248) 594-5563, $16/8 issues.
Water Gardening Folks who water garden or are interested in starting will enjoy this magazine dedicated to ponding. The magazine’s mission is to educate pond keepers by featuring articles on all facets of the subject from preconstruction planning to the care of fish and plant life; (800) 308-6157 www.watergardening.com, $24.95/6 issues.
Bird Watcher’s Digest: This little mag is a bird lover’s bible. BWD offers tips on feeding, bird identification, gardening and more. Learn how to attract birds and care for them when they visit. (800) 879-2473, www.birdwatchersdigest.com, $19.95/6 issues. Check out the Christmas special on their website: buy one subscription and get two gift subscriptions free. What a deal!
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