Gardening: Time to order magazines for gifts

Nancy Szerlag
Special to The Detroit News

Christmas is but six weeks away, so if you have gardeners on your holiday gift list garden magazine subscriptions are a great choice. Here’s what you’ll find on my coffee table.

The Michigan Gardener: $14/6 issues. Go to and click on About Us. Distributed free to most garden centers in the Metro Detroit area, MG features articles written by local experts. A map locating many of the best garden centers in southern Michigan is priceless for plant geeks who love the thrill of the hunt. Be sure to check out the current events calendar on their website for special garden happenings. If your gardening pals live outside the Metro Detroit area, the Michigan Gardener magazine subscription is a gift of gold.

Fine Gardening: $29.95/6 issues. Call (866) 242-4199, or go to Geared to avid gardeners and inspired beginners, I love the pronunciation guide for featured plants. Fine Gardening is a must-read for me.

The American Gardener: $35 / 6 issues. Subscription includes membership in the American Horticulture Society. (800) 777-7931, Focused on green gardening, this award-winning mag is a must-read by the East Coast set. Check out the long list of membership bennies and services on the AHS website. It’s another one of my faves.

Country Gardens: $19.97/4 issues. (800) 677-0484. A 10 when it comes to inspiration, this award- winning magazine is a little touch of heaven on a cold gray day in February. Interesting and easy-to-do DIY garden art projects to jolly up the garden.

Garden Gate: $20/6 issues. (800) 978-9631, Good choice for Yardeners, new gardeners and experienced green-thumbers who enjoy DIY projects. Contains no advertising.

Mother Earth News: $12 / 6 issues online. (800) 234-3368, This green guide to healthy living includes articles on organic gardening. It’s gone a bit upscale to broaden its appeal, so you needn’t live in a yurt or in the country to enjoy it.

Garden Design: $45 /4 issues (855) 624-5110, New owners, new look, Garden Design features sophisticated designs both large and small and upscale accoutrement for outdoors.

The American Rose: $10/2 issues –trial membership. (800) 637-6534, Membership to the American Rose Society includes their magazine dedicated to all things roses.

Michigan Gardening: $19.95/6 issues (888) 265-3600, A good general gardening mag with articles written by Michigan and Midwest gardeners.

Do check out the websites listed. Many are chock-full of articles and info at no cost.

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.