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Top 10 Garden Magazines

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Gardening magazines are monthly garden inspiration. They tell us about new plants, garden design ideas and gardening techniques. While gardening books are like old friends, garden magazines offer endless new gardening possibilities.

Here are my picks for the top gardening magazines.

1. Country Gardens

A Better Homes & Gardens Special publication. I like this particular magazine because it features real gardeners with different interests and different gardening challenges. I also like the planting diagrams and the way it incorporates garden crafts. Mostly it just makes you remember why you're gardening - because it brings pleasure.

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2. The English Garden

This magazine is a wonderful mix of maticulously cared for private gardens and articles about what's new. My favorite feature is at the end of each garden profile, when the owners share their knowledge and tips. Whether you lust after the look of an English garden or just want to hear from some of the most entusiastic gardens out there, each issue is a treasure.

3. Fine Gardening

If you only read one gardening magazine, I recommend Fine Gardening. They just seem to know what's important at the moment. There are regional departments and the writers come from all over and all aspects of gardening.

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4. Garden Design

Learn from the best. The gardens showcased in Garden Design magazine are always innovative and often cutting edge. The photos alone make this magazine worth it. But the details about what's new, both in plants and in design, are why I keep back issues.
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5. Garden Gate Magazine

Garden Gate has no advertisements, just lots of colorful pages of gardening how-to and tips. They have regular features like: Before & After, Design Challenge, Container Recipe and Weed Watch. Garden Gate always offers something new to learn, while providing plenty of eye candy.

6. Horticulture

Horticulture magazine cuts to the chase. Their articles are informative and educational with a touch of inspiration to get you to do the right thing by your plants. While Horticulture has the pretty pictures required of a gardening magazine, their mission is to teach the serious gardener how to be even better.
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7. Organic Gardening (OG)

From the folks at Rodale Institute, who wrote the book on organic gardening. What is especially nice about OG is that a lot of their stories are about vegetable gardening, a topic not often covered in other gardening magazines. And being organic, they have a wonderful sense of humor about garden pests.
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8. Gardens Illustrated

Another great British gardening magazine that is available in the U.S. and Canada. They follow the year at British estate gardens, including Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter, and offer great tips for an assortment of gardening styles.
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9. Sunset Magazine

Sunset is not exclusively a gardening magazine, but since they set the standard for western hardiness zones and have produced such a wonderful library of western gardening books, they are often the first source turned to by western gardeners. Non-westerners could learn a thing or two from Sunset about upcoming trends, too.

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10. Birds & Blooms

Most gardeners enjoy attracting birds to their gardens and Birds & Blooms combines the two interests into one magazine. Their are tips on plants for attracting particular birds, education for those of us who can't identify all the birds that come to our gardens, crafts and projects and lots and lots of photos.

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