I never think to review magazines, but this magazine is different. I always read the issues from cover to cover and believe any avid horticulturist should know Pacific Horticulture. The consistent quality and diversity of the subject matter makes the annual subscription fee a bargain. Unlike most magazines today, articles herein are not the product of rigid word counts or slaves to trend. Topics are covered with passion, authority, humor and candor. It’s refreshing to admire a gorgeous garden installation while also being privy to the challenges—what worked and didn’t, what died, what thrived. Short on pomposity, the authors seem to be grounded by the fact that we are all students of nature. The photographs are lovely, illustrative compliments to meaty writing and never filler. I even peruse the advertisements, limited to the rear of the magazine, interspersed with nursery and plant society classifieds. The garden calendar covers the west coast and is an easy way to keep a finger on the pulse of horticulture in our immediate area and beyond. When a new issue arrives, I first flip to the regular feature Garden Allies. Written by a “garden ecologist”, as the author refers to herself, it’s a concise but information packed examination of our garden’s beneficial creatures, from insects to soil microorganisms. If you’re tired of “short attention span” garden magazines for the general public, try Pacific Horticulture out for size.
Pacific Horticulture is published by the non-profit Pacific Horticulture Society, whose mission is to educate and inspire gardeners in the art and science of horticulture on the West Coast. The society is supported by individual donations and by regional horticultural societies.