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Best Gardening Magazines

Updated on February 28, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Gardening magazines are a big help when it comes to understanding, planting, and maintaining a garden. Gardeners go to them for information, for comfort, for inspiration, and to relax.

With articles about every plant imaginable, design help, and solid instruction, a gardening magazine can take the place of a mentor in your least as for as gardens are concerned!

There are many more gardening magazines than most people know about. It is important to figure out which one or two are going to be the most helpful in your particular situation and then subscribe to those magazines. That way you don't have more magazines coming in than you can read.

If you are interested in organic gardening then stick with those magazines. Vegetables? Then magazines about vegetables are going to be best. If you need help with landscaping then look for magazines that discuss that. Become a specialist.

Organic Gardening

This magazine has been around since 1942 and it will probably be around in 2042. It is basically the Bible of organic gardening.

With a bi-monthly format, Rodale delivers the most up to date, helpful information around on all aspects of organic gardening for beginners and experienced gardeners. Product and book reviews, as well as information about new seeds and techniques make this a must have magazine.

Mother Earth News it isn't JUST about gardening. But if you are moving toward an earth friendly, sustainable lifestyle then this magazine has all the gardening information as well as every other kind of information that you could want.

With emphasis on sustainable, organic, self sufficient living skills you can learn everything from organic gardening to how to make your own hand plow. This magazine is not for the armchair gardener. It is hands on, active and inspirational.

Garden Design


Garden Design Magazine is a magazine for upscale readers interested in cutting edge landscaping and design, basically taking gardening to a fine art form.

Columns cover unusual plants, garden ornamentation, tools and lighting as well as water gardens, sun rooms and on and on.

If you like looking at and reading about all aspects of garden design you may well love this magazine.


Horticulture is a gardening magazine for the serious gardener. It covers all aspects of gardening from propagation to planting. Issues contain numerous award worthy images.

Expect lots of reviews, interviews, and information on the newest, the best, and the most unusual.




Birds and Blooms

Amazing images and information on how to make your garden a sanctuary for all sorts of wild birds.

Articles run the gamut from how to create a habitat to personal interest stories. The images are always breathtaking. This is a family friendly magazine, meaning that there is as much for a 10 year old in its pages as there is for a 30 year old.



The English Garden

If you love English gardens in all their variety and beauty you will love this bimonthly magazine full of images, hints, and information about creating your own.

Much of the information is not something that will be used by the average American. Most of us don't have access to gardeners, have no desire for peacocks and would prefer not to spend the kind of cash required for some of these projects.

Still, it is a wish book and a dream book for every woman who ever wanted a Secret Garden of her own, and every man that longed to be lord of his own estate.

Hobby Farms

Hobby Farms is for the small farmer or farmer wanna-be that enjoys the idea of country living. It is less radical than Mother Earth News and is filled with great images, excellent information and an easy, chatty style that engages the reader and keeps them coming back for more.

You don't have to feel like you need to go off grid or use a composting toilet to read this magazine. It is written for the person who values the rural lifestyle and country living with out the radical environmentalist edge.

There are many more magazines than these but these are a good indication of the variety that is available to the gardening enthusiast.

Subscribing is definitely the way to go, ensuring that you do not miss one important article as well as saving you up to half of the individual price.


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      heritage seeds 6 years ago

      Great Hub! I love to garden too. We were tossing around the idea of tomatoes as a fall crop.

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      container vegetable gardening 7 years ago

      Hi Marye,

      What magazine would you recommend for those of us into container veggie gardening?

      Thank you!

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      Mike 7 years ago

      nice magazines info. I'm gonna pick up one when the time comes

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      Allison Marchese 9 years ago

      Hi, what a great resource. For a wonderful garden trip visit Berkshire Botanical Garden in Historic Stockbridge, MA. Just 3 hours from NYC or Boston. 75th Anniversary year features Martha Stewart Guest Gardens also, Page Dickey, Jack Staub.

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      Debby Bruck 9 years ago

      Lovely list. Thinking about Springtime? I'm going to clean up the garden and repot what I've got, like Lambs ears, mints, mondo grass, etc. Happy New Year 2009

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      eovery 9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Yo're goog Mary, I am still thinking winter and you are working spring.

      Have a Happy Hubbing New Year.

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      solarstories 9 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I was just searching for information on gardening in my area, when I saw this hub. You make a very good point about magazines. If I decide to start gardening I will definitely look into this.