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My Garden Featured in National Magazine

By Larry Hodgson

Would you believe my garden—my personal gardening space around my home in Quebec City—has been featured in the latest edition of the garden magazine Canada’s Local Gardener? And under the heading “Beautiful Gardens” at that! 

I’d never really designed my garden for public viewing or even for beauty per se. It’s very much a collector’s garden, where I plant cool and often unusual plants. I do try and maintain a reasonable appearance in the front yard so as not to upset my neighbors (although when I took out the lawn, entirely, that must have been a shock!), but otherwise … anything goes. So, when Dorothy Dobbie, the magazine’s president and publisher, contacted me about doing an interview to talk about my garden for her magazine, I was caught off guard. I didn’t think my garden was worth featuring in a magazine. Well, looking at the article, maybe I was wrong! 

Les 5 pages de l'article sur les jardins de Larry Hodgson.

And I had few photos. I mean, I take photos of other people’s gardens all the time, as I’m there to visit, so photographing memories is what I do, but when in my own garden, it’s different. Then I’m gardening, with the dirty hands that come with it, it’s not a situation where I’m likely to want to handle a camera or, these days, a smartphone. I had to run out and take some shots, just at that awkward in-between season when the tulips were mostly gone, but the perennials were not yet in bloom, although I did manage to find a few photos from past seasons. It struck me as I did this that I’d never even taken a photo of my fountain before, although it’s right out in the front of the lot, by the street, and it’s been there for 24 years! 

The interview for the article was painless. Over the phone, of course, COVID oblige. Dorothy asked questions, I answered. I love to talk about my garden, so that was easy enough. And barely a month later, the magazine arrived. Yes, it was that fast!

Dorothy covered everything: my own story, from learning to garden at  my father’s side to my becoming a garden writer, the history of the garden, now in its 27th year, and a description of its various sections (flowering lawn, flower beds, raised bed vegetable garden, deck with integrated planters, etc.), plus its special features, indoors and out, including the green wall in the bathroom, the fireplace garden in my office, the cold frame with year-round accessibility, the greenhouse (my pride and joy!) and the mossy fountain the birds and the neighbors so love. 

Cover page of Canada's Local Gardener magazine

If you want to read the entire article, Canadian readers can pick up a copy of Volume 2, Issue 4 of Canada’s Local Gardener in a magazine store. But of course, anyone can subscribe to either the print or the digital edition (or both) or order a copy from anywhere in the world. You’ll find the necessary information here: https://localgardener.ca/index.php/subscriptions.

Maybe Your Garden Too?

And, if you live in Canada, why not submit photos of your own garden? I know the magazine is looking for beautiful gardens all over Canada to feature in upcoming issues and maybe yours could be one of them. Just send the photos and pertinent information to ian.leatt@pegasuspublications.net

It’s funny: I’ve written for so many garden magazines over the years—over twenty! —, yet I never thought my own garden would ever appear in one. I feel so honored!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. 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 has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening 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 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

7 comments on “My Garden Featured in National Magazine

  1. CONGRANDs.
    All that hard work should be in a magazine, so many people can see what you have done.

  2. Measmeandu

    Congratulations🌳💐✨😃

  3. It looks so practical, . . . not what I expect from a horticultural publication. They tend to show the impractically garish gardens with too much stuffed into small spaces. My colleagues home garden down south is regularly featured in the Sunset publications, as well as movies and television, but it is so unrealistically flashy. Some of his other work is used in movies and television also, such as ‘the Osbournes’. I get it. That is his work, and he enjoys it; but it is SO unrealistic. People expect my garden to look like that also, but it is completely opposite, and mostly utilitarian. It works for me, but would be very uninteresting for a horticultural publication.

  4. Christine Lemieux

    Well deserved! I am happy for you.

  5. John Wilson

    Very glad you got this recognition – well deserved Larry!

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