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Culpeper Times • March 23-29, 2017
HOME & GARDEN Winter survival for gardeners GARDENING GURU
So for those of us who long to get back into the dirt, good gardening magazines can help us wait it out till spring by bringing the recollection of the pleasure of the garden back to us and helping us plan for the upcoming season. Gardening publications are entertaining and informative all year round, but I find that I read them more thoroughly and even catch up on past issues during the winter. I’d like to share some of my favorites to which I have subscribed.
Fine Gardening This one is my favorite, and I continue to learn from this publication. I stumbled upon this particular one accidentally; my husband bought a subscription from a kid going door to door raising money and gave it to me as a gift. Many publications start to get repetitive,
but Fine Gardening still manages to show me something new with every issue. Its content ranges from really useful garden tips to plant ideas for specific regions to profiles of prominent gardens and gardeners to beautiful photo essays of different gardens. Often included are features on a specific plant with a discussion of all of the different cultivars (Oxford Dictionary defines a cultivar as “a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding”), accompanied by photos of ideal specimens. I didn’t know there was a yellow Magnolia, but once Fine Gardening profiled them, now, of course, I have one. Every issue has a feature called “Expert Picks” in which garden experts from each of seven areas of the country work around a common theme and recommend three or four plants that do well in their planting zone. For example, a recent issue has “Favorite Native Plants.” Blair Durant, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, suggests four perennials for the southeast region:
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‘Purple Smoke’ Wild Indigo, ‘Cosmic Eye’ Coreopsis, ‘Frosted Violet’ Coral Bells and Seashore Mallow. Each plant has a photo, latin name and a detailed description. I read all of the country’s regions because it is interesting to see what grows well in other areas. Fine Gardening hits all of the right notes for me. English Garden Rob Woodman, formerly of Merrifield Garden Center, recommended English Garden to me as the absolute best magazine to read to see beautiful pictures of beautiful gardens, and he was right. English Garden is garden eye candy. ➤ See Winter, Page 9
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