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New National Gardening Magazine in Canada

Canada has been without a national garden magazine, either print or virtual, for a number of years now, but a newly minted quarterly gardening magazine is now available: Canada’s Local Gardener. The first national edition is now in newsstands throughout the country.

Both New and Familiar

Don’t come away with the impression the magazine is being put together by an unexperienced staff, though. The people behind the magazine and notably the mother/daughter team of Dorothy Dobbie, President/Publisher, and Shauna Dobbie, Editor, have been publishing garden magazines in Canada for 23 years now! First Manitoba Gardener, then they added Ontario Gardener and Alberta Gardener to their rosterThe difference is that the new magazine is national in scope, covering all parts of Canada.

I have the pleasure of being on the editorial advisory board with other passionate gardeners from across Canada, so will be putting my own 2 cents in. 

Discoveries to Make

A most surprising garden… around a tree house!

Stories from across Canada are already in the first edition, subjects such as hugelkultur, growing pineapples indoors, planning a fairy garden, growing hot peppers and many others, plus beautiful private gardens from New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Calgary are featured.

How to Get Your Garden Into Print

Read this to learn how to get your garden into the magazine.

Maybe your garden could be featured in a future edition of the magazine? If it’s in Canada and you figure it’s worthy, send 10 photos to … although I suggest reading the article above, Looking for Beautiful Gardens, for more details first. 


You can get the print edition for $35.85 a year or the digital magazine for $15.50 year by clicking here: subscriptions

Put Canada’s Local Gardener on your Christmas list… and give it as a gift yourself: with so many people on COVID-19 lockdown, beautiful garden photos and fascinating gardening articles will make the winter go by so much faster. 

Good reading and good gardening!

Larry Hodgson, aka Laidback Gardener
Proud member of the Editorial Advisory Board
Canada’s Local Gardener

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

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