Here is my review of the new gardening magazine, here in the UK, Modern Gardens. The second issue was released yesterday, and I sat in the evening and read it, almost cover to cover!
The concept is brilliant, it's quite unique in terms of your average garden mag. It's for those who want their outside space to be an extension to their home, but perhaps haven't got oodles of time or money. I love looking through gardening magazines, especially those expensive glossy ones, the ones where each garden is 3 plus acres, show gardens really. They are the gardens of the rich, or at least those who dedicate their life to their garden.
Modern Gardens features 'normal' gardens, by that I mean those up and down most streets in the UK, not on some vast estate somewhere. There's definitely been a gap in the market, and I think it's just been plugged. The magazine is about the norm, but that doesn't mean our gardens have to be boring, or average. They can be creative, beautiful, with a little bit of effort and not too much cash. The thing that's most needed is creativity, and if you feel you haven't much in that department either, well luckily it spills out from every page!
This month there are features on:
Readers gardens and how they achieved the look.
How to choose and develop your gardening style.
Too many Upcycle projects to mention.
Auriculas...I really, really need some of them in my life!
Creating focal points in your garden.
Colourful planting schemes.
Upcycled containers...some of the ideas are brilliant.
Outdoor spas...we all need one of those!
Every single page is crammed full of ideas, in fact it's a bit overwhelming, it's best to keep picking it up in short bursts, perhaps with a cuppa.
So, is there anything I would change?
I think they've got the balance of adverts just right, (please don't put an advert on every other page).
I'd love to see more readers homes in the mag, 3 or 4 full makeover articles, instead of just the 2.
For those of us who like to grow our own, a few more features on growing fruit and veg in your back garden would be fantastic. Most of the grow your own magazines available, seem to focus on allotments, or those with huge plots.
Maybe even a feature about a garden in another country, I'm sure there are loads of people who would like to share their spaces.
It's an excellent magazine, there's even a £1.00 voucher to give to someone so they can by it cheaper. If you've read it, please let me know your thoughts. This isn't a sponsored post by the way, paid for the magazine myself, and thoughts are my own, unbiased and honest.
Right, I'm off to potter in my own garden, Mr Landscape man is back on Monday, curtesy of a tax refund, (now that's never happened before!). So watch this space...I'm ever so excited!
Amanda :) xxx
(My images don't do the pages any favours...sorry!).
Otto, and I have had a difficult few days, both unwell, but getting better :) xxx