The new magazine Indiana Gardening, published by State by State Gardening, has arrived! Check your local bookstores where magazines are sold to get your own copy. (Hint: look for it with other regional magazines which is where I found it at the local Barnes & Noble bookstore).
Published six times a year, it's all about gardening in Indiana.
You won't find a lovely main article in this magazine about the Ten Best Camellias for Your Garden. They aren't hardy in Indiana! Instead you'll find "The Four Season Garden" written by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, The Hoosier Gardener. It's full of information about shrubs and perennials that provide four seasons of interest in a Midwestern garden.
You also won't find regional updates for far off warm climates like Florida and California. Instead you'll find regional updates for northeast Indiana, northwest Indiana, central Indiana and southern Indiana with specific information that you can use in your garden without wondering if it applies to you.
Nor will you find profiles of gardens that feature cactus and sagebrush and can never be replicated here in Indiana. Instead, you'll read about gardens that could be just down the street or around the corner from you, as is the case with the garden profile in this first issue written by yours truly, me.
Now, don't get me wrong. I love many national magazines and I even love those British magazines on the occasions when I find one and splurge a bit to buy it. They show how universal gardening really is and offer many great articles and insights on gardens, gardening, and gardeners.
But it sure is nice to read an entire magazine and not wonder if something you read applies to your climate.
If you are in Indiana, or live in a neighboring state close to the state line, run out now to get this first issue. Then subscribe to it so it is delivered to your mailbox six times a year. With your subscription, you will also get a 10% discount card good at many garden centers from "state line to state line". I figured with the amount I usually spend at a couple of the garden centers offering the discount, I'll be able recoup my subscription cost with that discount card well before Mother's Day.
Don't wait... get thee to the bookstore today to buy the first issue, then send in the subscription card.
"You might be a gardening geek in Indiana, and a smart one at that, if you subscribe to Indiana Gardening."
(And if you don't live in Indiana, don't despair, you can get your own local gardening information in many other magazines published by State by State Gardening.)