Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Canada’s Garden Making Magazine

I’m impressed!

Yesterday the premier issue of GARDEN MAKING magazine arrived in the mail.

Reproduced with permission from Garden Making magazine.

It’s always a leap of faith when we sign up for a new magazine subscription.  What can we really expect from another gardening magazine?

Well, I like everything about this premier issue.  It’s got a fresh look with awesome photographs, not overloaded with advertising, and a great lineup of contributing writers who have produced some very practical down to earth (pun intended) articles in this issue.

The writing style of editor Beckie Fox draws you in right away.  She says,

One of my goals for the magazine is to have each issue seem like a visit from a gardening friend who shares your passion for plants, is still mesmerized by a newly sprouted seed, wonders why spring is so brief and is giddily optimistic that this will be the best gardening season ever.

Hey, she’s one of us!

Back to the practical articles, there’s a Spring Pruning Calendar with very helpful tips about trimming up various shrubs.   And the one that resonated with me was how to overwinter hybrid tea roses in pots.  A ‘gardening seminar’ is included with great information about starting seeds indoors and outdoors.  Another article by Stephen Westcott-Gratton, editor-at-large of Canadian Gardening magazine, is entitled, “Six Steps to a Beautiful New Border”. 

Garden Making magazine promises at least 70 pages of articles and photos in each issue.

And most of the information is also displayed in an easy to navigate format on their website.

Pay them a visit.  I think you’ll be impressed, too.


  1. Dear Hank, Although I have not seen this new Canadian magazine, I have read about it and it certainly appears to be something taking a fresh approach to gardening. I am so glad that you have not been disappointed with the first issue of your subscription.

  2. Wonderful post Hank, I will try to pick up a copy today. I love receiving gardening magazines in the mail, Gardens West is my personal favorite, but I don't know if it would work for you zone.

  3. I got it too. Lovely to see another Canadian gardening magazine, I am still mourning the demise of Gardening Life.

  4. Hank, I will certainly look for this on my news stand or perhaps I should visit their website. I garden In northern BC. I look forward to following your blog.

  5. Lucky duck! The day we get an Alaska gardening mag (I don't count the national mags, they rarely cover us up here), well, I'll eat my hat! Let us cold zone gardeners know if there is good zone 2-4 coverage in this mag, will you?

    Christine in Alaska

  6. Hank, I don't subscribe to any garden magazines because I've been disappointed so many times, but this one looks promising. Thanks for letting us know about it. -Jean

  7. HI Hank: Good garden magazines are hard to come by. This one looks good. Subscribed today. will see if I like it.

    Have a great evening.

  8. Hank, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this new gardening magazine. I am always thrilled to get a new gardening magazine - especially Canadian!

  9. I'm excited about it too, Hank. Beckie is extremely talented and a joy to work with, and I hope this magazine does brilliantly. Unlike some, it's really all about gardening, not about 'outdoor living' and 4500 buck teak lawn furniture, and outdoor rooms, bleah. I think it will do well.

  10. It's great to see a new Canadian gardening magazine on the stands. I'll be checking this one out.

  11. Sounds like a great magazine! One of my weaknesses is garden magazines; I've had to let some subscriptions expire. But no way can I go completely without!

  12. I will be on the lookout for it. I am always excited by any addition to our gardening family.