Monday, October 29, 2012

My Rant About Gardening Magazines

So with gardening season behind me, I actually have some time to catch up on reading gardening magazines.  I love seeing gardening ideas.  I will probably never give up on gardening magazines.  However, there is something that really annoys me about gardening magazines.  There is usually some kind of feature in the magazine where they list the top 10 plants for something, like the top 10 plants for shade.  However they always, and I mean always, list some plant that is extremely hard to grow or they don't list all the details about a plant.  They don't list details such as it takes 8 years to establish into the plant you see in the picture or this is an extremely close up picture of this plant it's really very small.  It always makes me worry about the inexperienced gardener who gives that plant a try based on that recommendation. Gardening is all about successes and failures, you learn as you grow.  I had a lot of failures in my own garden, but a lot of times I knew I was pushing limits such as hardiness zones.  When you are putting something out there for gardeners of every level you should disclose all the details about the plant.  It makes me wonder if they are making money off of nurseries by pushing some of these plants?  What is there reasoning for putting these hard to grow plants on their top 10 lists?  What are your thoughts?  I'd love to hear them.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree completely! That's one of my main complaints about gardening magazines as well. Someone could "fail" at growing one of those plants and decide they have a black thumb, when, really, they just weren't given all of the information they needed!

Colleen Vanderlinden said...

Oops. I was "Anonymous" above. I hit publish before I put in my Name/URl. Sorry!

Isabel C. said...

True. For the novice gardener, or maybe for just a person wanting to plant a few plants for their terrace— that's for the person to give-up all together.
Like: Hmmm I read about this, and these flowers were suppose to bloom at such/such date... and they look withered/dead. LOL! :D
Y'know, YOU should start a Gardening Magazine!! *GREAT.IDEA* HUH!!! Start digital!!\☺/ Later on— Print!! :)

Gardens at Waters East said...

Your thought are "right on". I know it is part of "business" to make money, but really, as you say a little more honest information on the plants (especially the top 10) would help and make gardening more enjoyable to all the beginners out there. I like your attitude. Jack

Hosta Nerd said...

I'm glad I am not alone! They do it every time, and I always think of that novice gardener who will try to grow it and give up on gardening.

Amanda Plante said...

The "Top 10 Plant" columns do get pretty irritating after a while. It seems like ALL of the hort magazines are doing it, and some provide better information than others. I take the information with a grain of salt and keep my eyes peeled for corrections and retractions in following issues.