Gardening Magazines

Could anybody recommend a good monthly gardening magazine? I'd like something with discounted or decent free gifts?
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Which reason is more important to you?
-A good magazine or -Silly gifts
If it's the first one, "Horticulture" magazine is a great choice. www.hortmag.com
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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

Thanks for your help the reason I say gifts also, is because soemtimes I find discounts are helpful on products which would somewhat be quite expensive do you think? I know Gardeners World offers a discount card.
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Kate wrote:

Discounts are nice but getting wholesale pricing is the way to go. usually you get more than you need but if you get your friends to help buy a volume then you all win. A lot of companies allow you to mix and match. Vendor licenses are not very much and you can make a little money on the side as well. There are many possibilities. Home and Garden is a very good magazine. I would suggest that for general gardening practices. There are many magazines out there but many of them are for professionals. And don't do you a lot of good. Chuckie
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I don't Know what country you are in, but the magazine produced by the BBC, Gardener's World ( UK) - already mentioned cannot IMHO be beaten. Just the right balance of leisure gardening advice and scholarship - and the presence of a goodly number of professional whizz-kids to offer PRACTICAL advice.
Our Alan (Titchmarsh) of Groundforce fame still contributes - and besides being sex-on-legs(to the ladies), as an ex teacher at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew he is no horticultural slouch.
For the more scientifically or seriously inclined "The Garden", the house magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society is excellent - although the contents go beyond the backyard gardener's requirements - but if you want to know how the i's are dotted and the t's crossed it is ideal. They also report on the RHS comparative trials to find the most "gardenworthy" species or cultivars of individual genera of plants.
Of course if you are not in the UK some of the information is not directly relevant, but the magazines above are excellent reads. See if you can get hold of a sample copy.
The best thing is to get a sample copy of as many magazines as possible - cheap back-numbers being acceptable - to find out which one(s) best suits in terms of content,style and scholarship ( or lack of it? ) - and then subscribe - buying at the newsstand is such a lottery these days - as most seem to order only sufficient copies of magazines to satisfy their guaranteed market.
The problem I have found with "free gifts" is twofold. Sometimes seed offerings are rather old ( unsold) stock and germination may be erratic. However the main problem is that you end up with the same seeds/plants as everyone else - and usually pretty bland too.
I tend to buy my seeds/plants direct from the nursery- although I have had some notable successes from chain Garden centres, and hardware stores - notably Eidelweiss from the large chain Wilkinsons some years ago- still growing strong - and I have never seen it offered anywhere, (except mail order from specialist alpine nurseries) either before or since. However the Garden magazines usually carry information about new and unusual plants and where to get them- and many specialist nurseries advertise too.
Good Luck
malcolm from the UK
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chuckie ha escrito:

Yes, I know a manufacturer with an on-line shop, so you are purchasing products directly from the producer. I bought a few products some months ago:
www.plasgotirrigation.com
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Kate wrote:

single one since they came out (not as long running as Horticulture which is over 100 years now, but it's quality writing) and for a bit of modern kitch, Garden Design.....for reading, I get Weeder's Digest/Green Prints for stories, and someone sent me a small gardening magazine that doesn't have ads, I can't remember, but I've gone way past their helpful articles, good for beginners, and I browse through it and donate it to the library. just my opinon, though. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving tomorrow. madgardener up on the ridge, back in Fairy Holler, overlooking English Mountain in Eastern TEnnessee, zone 7, Sunset zone 36 where tomorrow's high will be ? 60o!
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