The Human Side of Gardening

greenprintsIt’s the time of year we give gifts, and by now, we probably need all the help we can get in picking out just the right thing. If there is a gardener on your list who already has all the spades, gardening gloves, and yard ornaments they can ever use (or even if they don’t), I have the perfect suggestion.

Give them a subscription to GreenPrints: The Weeder’s Digest.

Years ago my husband introduced me to this magazine, and it’s still one of the best gift ideas he ever had. There are plenty of “how-to” garden magazines out there, filled with photos of weed-free, perfectly pruned gardens, exotic plants (at least to a Colorado gardener), and bug-free vegetables. It’s enough to make an honest gardener throw in the trowel. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)

This magazine isn’t like that.

Instead of offering yet more garden advice, Green Prints shares the human side of gardening. If you’re familiar with the Chicken Soup for the ___ Soul series, you have the right idea. In fact, the magazine’s editor, Pat Stone, was the editor for Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul (a book I loved, by the way).

Green Prints is truly a “Mom and Pop” enterprise. Becky takes care of the subscribers while Pat does the rest. They work from their home office, and their personal touch is on every issue. The quality is top notch, and they have thousands of happy subscribers around the world.

There are a few ads at the beginning and end of every issue, but you hardly notice them (and actually, they’re all for gardening products and worth noticing). Most of the magazine is a series of short stories and similar articles. The stories are mostly true, sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always, in some way, about gardening.

The only downside is that the magazine only comes out quarterly. However, Green Prints has been around since 1990. If you can’t wait three months for your next issue, just indulge in some back issues. You can even download them electronically.

As Pat Stone says, “GreenPrints—like gardening—offers hope, joy, encouragement, peace, humor, comfort, beauty, friendship, and so much more.”

To subscribe, just visit their website. There’s a lot more there than just the subscription form. And if you don’t have a gardener on your Christmas list, then subscribe for yourself. Before you know it,  you’ll be telling everyone how special this magazine is, just like I’m doing!

(And no, I am not getting paid to say any of these nice things.)

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