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I think Gene's right for many magazines out there.  I only get Fine
Gardening (FG), Horticulture(H), and The American Gardener  (TAG), all of
which have a mix of long and short articles.  I like some of the short bits
like HortJournal in H, but not particularly thrilled with the regional
essays that both H & FG have taken up.    Many short articles ".... where
features are about 5 to 600 words long...." tell you about as much as you'd
find in a good reference; they don't get into the real nitty-gritty, the
secrets that people like Gene have to share.  Many short ones leave me with
unanswered questions, but at least they may spark my interest.  H usually
does a single page article on a specific species of a plant each month and
since they're not trying to cover a whole genus, the page is often enough.

I think many of the newer magazines that have gone to shorts are following
the premise that readers want shorter articles.  That's all the time or
interest they have.  this may be true for readers of Ladies Home Journal and
People, but when you have a quality publication that caters to a specific
interest, the die-hard readers won't be satisfied with snipets.  We want to
know more.  RHS has some great in-depth articles; wish I could afford it.

I never see any of these mags in a waiting room - I always bring mine with

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT]TAG

> Hello Lynda and Nora...
>     Thanks for the complements on my article ... appreciate you saying so.
> The American Gardener magazine is one of the few good ones left out there
> my opinion. Most have gone over to the byte articles, or gardening
> personalities instead of depth.... where features are about 5 to 600 words
> long....  still like my in-depth articles that run a minimum of 1500 words
> with photos and side bars added.
>     They are pretty easy to work with.....
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lynda Young" <lyoung@grindertaber.com>
> > Gene - just got the magazine yesterday.  Read your article immediately.
> > It was wonderful!  Congratulations.
> >
> > Lynda
> > Zone 7 - West TN
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