Monday, February 26, 2018

Garden Making to cease print publication, effective with spring issue

Unhappy news from publisher Michael Fox that the "difficult decision" has been made that the new spring issue of Garden Making magazine will be the last print edition.
"I’ve needed to conclude that the marketplace is not robust enough to provide sufficient revenue from readers and advertisers to continue to produce a magazine of the quality and scope that we’ve provided since 2010," said Fox in a note to advertisers and supporters. "We commission and pay for experienced writers and photographers, as well as quality printing. In fact, we have spent more than $1 million on gardening content in 33 issues (including our container gardening special). From 2010 to 2016 we published quarterly issues before reducing to three issues in 2017 and this final issue in 2018. But the revenues we’ve received do not cover all the expenses. Until now, I’ve personally plugged the gap, and cannot continue to do so."
The Garden Solutions issue begins to mail to subscribers this week and will be on sale in stores from March to June as well as online at  Print copies  will be for sale at the TBG booth at Canada Blooms and at garden centres that order them.
Michael and Beckie "my business partner, wife and favourite editor" started the magazine from their home in Niagara-on-the-Lake in March 2010, following Michael's retirement from a long and distinguished senior management career at Rogers Publishing. 
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