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February 08, 2013


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Angela Riley

I loved the Garden Design Magazine and I am certain that to stop making this quality magazine was a very poor decision. I am still getting the British magazine, The English Garden, and also Gardens Illustrated. Too bad that the USA is not understanding that people who like these magazines do not want electronic versions or no version. I am hoping they will re-hire this great old staff and revive it again. The Victoria magazine had stopped and is back again.

Roger Q Callaway

I'm in the throes of finishing a walled patio that was inspired by their story on the gardening brothers in Indonesia. Of course I have $millions less to work with, but still.

Scott Weber

I'm second Ricki...Gardens Illustrated blows evertthing else out of the water, they manage to be both beautiful and accessible. Garden Design was just really just a product catalog in disguise.


As long as 'Gardens Illustrated' remains, I remain happy. I plead guilty to contributing to the demise of the others. After a while, they all seemed to repeat themselves, and garden bloggers became a more interesting resource. Your lovely blog is a case in point.

Molly Larson Cook

Garden Design was always more a magazine for landscape designers than home gardeners in just the same way Architectural Digest is more for interior designers than for home decorators. This is what made Garden Design such a great resource - inspiration from the best. There are plenty of magazines for home gardeners out there but Garden Design gave us more. Even after giving up my garden space when I moved back to the city, I've subscribed just for the insightful articles and beautiful pictures. I'm very sorry to learn that it's gone now.

looking for logic

This is 1 of 3 magazines that I still subscribe to. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

valerie Easton

Hi Jan,
I agree - it was a beautiful mag without much useful substance in recent years. Still...an unfortunate sign of the times, and I'll miss reading it and writing for it.

Jan Jensen

I used to enjoy Garden Design much more about 10 years ago...lately there hasn't been much of substance that I could relate to. Lots of nice photos of beautiful gardens, which seemed more related to landscape architecture (emphasis on hardscape), and WAY off the charts in terms of expensive furnishings, etc. So- perhaps they just weren't meeting the needs of the customers as much as they used to?


such a loss. One less glossy for me to read while soaking my gardening aches out in the tub. :(

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