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Gardening: Nature aficionados will love these magazines

Nancy Szerlag

Looks like all the prognostications of another cold, cruel winter were right on, so for the next several months we may be spending our evenings wrapped up in blankets sipping hot tea and reading.

Here’s another list of good garden and nature-based magazines that are good for gifting this holiday season.

Another good thing about these gift subscriptions is that you don’t have to brave the cold weather to shop for them — it’s a simple matter of a quick phone call or taking a few minutes to go online.

American Forests: $25/4 issues. Call (202) 737-1944 or go to and purchase a subscription (click on donate). This comes with a membership in the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, which advocates for the protection and expansion of America’s forest. A perfect gift for those who are passionate about the outdoors and care about America’s trees.

Birds and Blooms: $10/7 issues. Call (888) 860-8040,

B and B caters to bird lovers who enjoy their backyards. Included in every issue are bird care tips, garden advice, butterfly business, DIY projects and more about birds. Photos galore illustrate all the fun.

American Rose: $10/2 issues. (800) 637-6534 or go to This trial subscription includes a 4-month membership in the American Rose Society, along with two issues of the American Rose magazine. It’s geared toward those who love growing roses and want to learn more about their culture, history and uses. Membership benefits include free advice from consulting rosarians, free or reduced admission to public gardens across America and free access to four quarterly online bulletins plus other info on the website.

Green Prints — The Weeder’s Digest: $19.95/4 issues. Call (800) 569-0602 or go to A well-kept secret, Green Prints shares the human side of gardening: the joy, humor, frustrations and heart, combining good prose with fun art, authored by gardeners who really love digging in the dirt. Gift subscriptions include a free copy of “The Weeder Reader: Green Prints Greatest Stories.”

Bird Watcher’s Digest: $10/6 issues for a gift subscription. Call (800) 879-2473 or go to birdwatcher­ Anyone who loves birds will enjoy this little magazine that’s stuffed with interesting stories, fascinating facts and fabulous photos of these wonderful winged marvels. Website includes signup for their free digital newsletter.

Publishers may offer special pricing for the holidays, so now is a good time to shop for a magazine subscription or two for yourself.

Nancy Szerlag is a master gardener and Metro Detroit freelance writer. Her column appears Fridays in Homestyle. To ask her a question go to and click on Ask Nancy. You can also read her previous columns at detroitnewscom/homestyle.