Follow your dream, that’s obviously what Paul Plant did five years ago when he started his publication ‘Sub Tropical Gardening’.
It took a lot of courage from the outset to envision a high quality publication that catered to the sub tropical regions, it would either be a complete failure or a great success and what made matters worse was that the magazine was started in one of the worst droughts ever and gardening especially in Queensland became a dirty word.
Well the magazine has now reached its 20th issue and it seems to have found a real niche in the market.
We are never too young or old to learn something new and this magazine will give you interesting information to help you become a better gardener.
I have never subscribed to the magazine but have most copies including number one, I usually flick through it at the newsagent’s then buy it.
It is a high quality glossy magazine that looks good but sometimes disappoints me with the contents; OK I know I am biased and have my favourite type of plants, but I do realise there are other people with different interests to mine, so what does not interest me interests others.
One thing I do not agree with is that Horticulturists should be the only contributors to articles, there are some dedicated garden people out there who could make a great contribution, for instance, John and Genny Catlin from Jacobs Well, their plant knowledge is so vast that it should be written down because I know of no one else who has their scope of knowledge of warm climate plants.
My favourite part of the magazine is ‘Sub Tropical Collector’ I find this great to identify plants and learn about them.
If you keep the back copies then there is a great search/index function on the STG website.
Overall it’s a great magazine for warm climate gardeners.