A certain webmaster treated me to a subscription of the new Pennsylvania Gardener magazine. The first issue arrived the other day, and I've had a chance to take a good look at it, and I can say it is a solid effort, and a worthwhile issue. I hope the title continues to be published, and I am looking forward to upcoming issues and to the planned website.
Columns specific to our geographic area were written by local gardening experts, and contain accurate, reliable information, and the variety of topics covered should appeal to most home gardeners. I think it is a valuable supplement to the basics of gardening veterans, Organic Gardening and Horticulture, and/or a good general introduction for garden magazine newbies.
I found a few nice articles that I can add to my show and tell for the garden-to-fork BGC meeting on February 2, and I am in love with some new hellebores the magazine pointed out. I was also delighted that the editor left this line in one of the questions in the Ask an Expert column: "What is the best deer repellent to use? I always have deer in my yard and chasing them doesn't seem to help...."
Sadly, no illustration accompanied the query. If I had to nitpick, I'd say the writing itself, especially in the features, isn't exactly Vita Sackville-West's, but then neither is mine. Happy reading!