Gardening magazine subscriptions make great gifts for the loves and buds on your gift list who dig in the dirt. You won’t have to worry about sizes and they continue to give throughout the year. Here’s a list of my faves:
Winner of Garden Writers Association Best Magazine award for 2009. Provides the advice, tools and inspiration to create beautiful, sustainable sanctuaries for all creatures great and small. (800) 666-2206, www.organicgardening.com; $23.94/12 issues; 2 years for the price of one.
The American Gardener
Subscription includes membership in the American Horticultural Society and lots of bennies, including a gardeners’ information service, free seed exchange, book discounts and free or discounted admission to 150 botanical gardens, flower shows and programs. This top-notch general gardening mag touts environmentally friendly practices and is considered a must-read by plantaholics. (800) 777-7931, www.ahs.org; $35/6 issues.
Geared to avid gardeners and inspired beginners, and long considered a must-read for those who take their gardening seriously. There’s a handy pronunciation guide for featured plants. Photos that inspire are a godsend in winter. (800) 888-8286, www.taunton.com; $29.95/6 issues.
The American Rose
AR features everything you wanted to know about growing roses and more. A subscription comes with a membership in the American Rose Society, along with the American Rose Annual, “Handbook For Selecting Roses,” technical support from local ARS consulting rosarians, a buyer’s guide, discounts and more. (800) 637-6534, www.ars.org; $49/5 issues. Includes a free copy of Ortho’s “All About Roses.”
Geared to both new and experienced gardeners. No advertising. Heavily illustrated how-tos leave little to the imagination. (800) 978-9631, www.gardengatemagazine.com; $20/6 issues.
The Michigan Gardener
Metro Detroit’s monthly magazine includes a monthly to-do list, along with 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 Detroit garden centers and the handy locator map are priceless. (248) 594-5563, www.michigangardener.com; $16/8 issues.
Bird Watcher’s Digest
A bird lover’s bible offering tips on feeding, bird ID, gardening and more. (800) 879-2473, www.birdwatchersdigest.com, holiday half-price special $10 /6 issues. What a deal!
A general interest mag with lots of photos, it’s great for inspiration. Lots of how-tos and DIY projects. $ 19.95/4 issues and 2-year half-price deal online only at www.countrygardens.com.