Garden Design (1-year auto-renewal)
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Garden Design is a lifestyle magazine designed for the upscale, design-conscious reader who is passionate about gardening and landscape design. Regular columns cover unusual plants, art and ornaments, tools and maintenance, landscape and lighting, water gardens, sunrooms, and outdoor furniture. The magazine also contains photo layouts of spectacular gardens, how-to articles, design resources, a buyer's guide, gardening tips, and information about events and garden shows.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #274 in Magazine Subscriptions
- Formats: Magazine Subscription, Print
Most helpful customer reviews
64 of 64 people found the following review helpful.
Gardening as a Lifestyle
By Kevin Kelley
I have subscribed to Garden Design for some time, and have given it as Christmas presents. As someone else noted, the cover is seductive, and I think that is how I got hooked years ago. The little quotes on the bottom of every page make me read the magazine through multiple times. I keep my back copies to reference whenever I need an idea for my garden (especially useful in the rainy winter months).
Be aware that this is not a magazine that is heavy on gardening, but it is heavy on design. You will learn very little about horticulture, but a lot about what is trendy and stylish, and I guess like many fashion magazines the fun here is in being a voyeur.
Would I ever paint the wall around my back yard hot magenta as one designer did? Probably not -- but I thought about painting it terra cotta. Would I ever buy the $2000 umbrella and stand to dine under -- definitely not, but I would love to dine under one.
So Garden Design is fun and frivilous, inspiring and thought provoking. Just don't look for information about what is wrong with your tomatoes.
58 of 59 people found the following review helpful.
Pros and Cons
By A Customer
Pros: It is beautiful to look at. The feel of it is nice and the photography is top notch. It showcases innovative design & people in the industry.
Cons: Not very practical in terms of instruction. It's good for getting ideas but there isn't much instruction on how the garden shown got to that point. It has a lot of product reviews that are, for the most part, for very expensive products.
I don't look forward to reading it as much as say "Fine Gardening" which I read cover to cover.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Redesign Your Lawn and Patio with Garden Design Magazine
By Bryan Carey
Garden Design Magazine is a publication dedicated to the planting, care, and display of plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, etc. This magazine ranks as one of the best known publication about general landscaping and it offers some nice ideas for shrubbery, plants, and general enhancements that can add greatly to your home's curb appeal.
One fact that might surprise first time readers is that Garden Design Magazine is not a magazine about gardening per se, i.e, planting vegetables and taking care of them. Rather, this is a magazine about landscaping, backyard entertainment, and related topics and even though I do not possess a green thumb, I still find Garden Design Magazine a publication to my liking. The main reason I like this publication is because I enjoy the different ideas offered and I like the fact that it talks about more than just plants. This magazine is also interested in helping you redesign your patio and look for new and fun ways to entertain guests in your backyard. This is why I tend to turn quickly to the departments and featured articles that talk about new products for enjoying the outside of your home and the different ways you can redesign or enhance your patio to make it more attractive and more guest- friendly.
Garden Design Magazine contains many attractive photos of lush garden landscapes and it is great for discovering new and better ways to select trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers for general home improvement. However, there is one fact about Garden Design Magazine that could surprise some readers: It isn't a how- to magazine, in the usual sense. It doesn't offer step by step instructions or charts/tables to follow. Instead, it is a visual magazine with articles that stimulate the imagination.
Garden Design Magazine is written more for the affluent homeowner who has a large yard and plenty of money to burn. It is true that most anyone can benefit from the articles in this magazine and the many design ideas. But the features, new products, landscaping designs, etc., that will stand out in your memory are usually those that feature a large, expensive home with a beautifully manicured lawn. Many of these design ideas and entertainment options are quite attractive, but the money necessary to transform one's home in this manner could easily cost several thousand and even tens of thousands of dollars. Yes, there is some good, practical advice in Garden Design Magazine, but there is also a good deal of fantasy.
Garden Design Magazine is a good publication that I will continue to enjoy for the forseeable future. My favorite sections are those involving patio design ideas and entertainment suggestions because these are the ones I relate to best. I also like the photography and the general presentation, which is very classy and elegant. It adds up toa nice magazine with many features for all to enjoy.