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First off, let me state that I write as an expert on gardening. For more years than I care to remember, I have watched people take part in the sport of garden-taming and have even seen one or two emerge victorious from the confrontation. So, when I picked up the August edition of Garden Ideas, I thought I might find articles on such things as where to put the put the chairs, how to con the neighbours into cutting the hedge and my favourite - putting on a serious limp when next doors are out cutting the lawn and my grss is almost waist high. Alas, instead I found it to be a Cheapish but really cheerful mag full of a wealth of ideas to improve one's modest patch. This edition includes articles on patios, aromatic displays, using plastic items, borders, use of colour as well as my special favourite - planting for butterflies. Also included is an article on how to attract or deter badgers from visiting your garden. Of interest to many will be the chance to win one of 5 seta of modern patio furniture each worth £300. There are also 'giveaways' and vouchers for 2 for 1 entry to several gardens such as as Capel Manor and Ryton Organic Gardens. This is an easy to read mag, colouful and well laid out that is well on the way to achieving its announcement as 'The No1 for Ideas' If only I could find that spade . . . .
This magazine is specifically aimed at gardeners who want stylish, low maintenance and fun gardens. It is obviously very inspired by the spate of garden makeover television shows and is targeting that audience. The magazine is very bright, lively and has a modern feeling; features have included landscaping ideas such as decking, garden makeovers, container gardening and gardening art. Given its target audience I think this magazine is very well presented and written with them in mind. The how-to articles are clear and concise. A nice touch are the separate tables and tip boxes that accompany articles, and the project features are usually followed with a break down of what is needed and stockists. If you are looking for inspiration and ideas to create a modern garden this magazine would probably help your plans. There seems to be emphasis on creating low-maintenance gardens and many of their ideas can be applied to gardening on a budget. There are plant features and these are competent but if you are interested in plants and a more traditional approach to gardening you may find this magazine disappointing. If you enjoy competitions this magazine regularly has many give-aways and big prizes, for example, this year they have run competitions to win a £5000 garden makeover, a £5000 deck and lawnmowers. It is a monthly magazine