To celebrate 77 years of publication, Kiwis’ favourite gardening magazine NZ Gardener is debuting its fresh new look in a bumper September issue.
Pagination for the issue has already been increased by an extra 16 pages due to strong advertiser demand.
Editor Jo McCarroll says: “There is such a surge of interest in gardening right now.
“People have been spending more time in their homes and gardens, and really enjoying taking the time to – literally! – stop and smell the roses. Our retail and subscription sales are tracking upwards strongly.
“So our redesign is not just about giving the magazine a cleaner and more stylish look, it’s also a chance to introduce some new voices and different kinds of stories to our lineup to ensure we’re delivering what our audience is looking for. At the same time we are also transitioning our free weekly ezine Get Growing onto a more user-friendly platform. I want every gardener to know NZ Gardener has the information and inspiration they are looking for, whether they are brand new gardeners or experienced experts.”
NZ Gardener is the country’s oldest continuously published magazine, with the first issue going on sale in September 1944.
New contributors include Nelson-based chef and gardener Nicola Galloway, who shares healthy, adaptable harvest-based family recipes; and Ethnobotanist Professor Nick Roskruge from Massey University, who is contributing regular pieces on growing traditional food crops and indigenous horticultural practices.
McCarroll adds: “When it comes to gardening we know local knowledge is important. Kiwis don’t want to take some dubious piece of advice from the internet.
“They want to hear from a gardener down the road or in the next town so they know what will work for their climate and soil.”
The bumper issue is on sale now.