GreenPrints subscription sure to please

Are you familiar with the publication, GreenPrints? Also known as "The Weeder's Digest," it has been around for 25 years now and editor Pat Stone is celebrating the publication of the 100th issue.

"With the help of my wonderful wife, Becky, I started a magazine that focused on the human, not the how-to, side of gardening: GreenPrints, a magazine that shared the humor, the inspiration, and the heart of gardening with wonderful stories and beautiful art. A "Weeder's Digest" of gardeners' true personal experiences," Stone told me in a recent email.

And isn't that what gardening is all about? It's central to our relationship with the Earth, our endeavors to nurture the soil in order to grow food to eat and surround ourselves with beauty. It's all about our cherished memories, say, of learning how to garden from a grandma or grandpa, and of the trial and error process involved in producing the garden of our dreams.

I was given a sneak peek at the 25th anniversary issue of GreenPrints and it's really a gem. Two of my favorite stories within are an essay by Mark Twain ("How I Edited An Agricultural Paper") and Rachel Lancashire's "Ducks in my Garden" -- a hilarious and heartwarming tale of a flock of ducks she humorously refers to as "the spawn of Godzilla."

GreenPrints is only available through subscription, so you won't be able to find it in stores. They are currently running a holiday offer, in which you get five issues for the price of four, along with a "Weeder's Reader" compilation of the best stories from previous issues. The cost is $19.97.

Wouldn't this make a fun gift for the gardeners on your holiday shopping list? Or perhaps you can drop subtle (or not so subtle) hints that you'd like a subscription? 

For more information, and to subscribe to GreenPrints, visit their website.