Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March 2017
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MEDIA NEWS – Another Magazine Closes  

Since 2005, subTropical Gardening magazine has provided relevant gardening advice and expertise for the central and northern latitudes of Australia – with a focus on gardeners in warm temperate, subtropical and tropical climates – a rapidly increasing component of the gardening and horticultural public. Most readers keep every copy on their book shelves as a permanent reference for gardening.
Editor, Paul Plant said “Regretfully the lack of industry support (advertising) was the key reason we were forced to close down the print production. The costs of graphic production, printing and posting continued to rise but advertising support collapsed. Many companies now appear to be increasingly investing their advertising budgets in their social media presence.”
The magazine is recognised as being the launching pad for the careers of many HMA members, some of whom have gone on to have a national media presence. The magazine was started 12 years ago by an enthusiastic group of members from the Australian Institute of Horticulture, who were keen to contribute to a magazine that provided accurate information for gardeners living north of Sydney. During its run, it has been supported by over sixty contributors, including many from interstate and overseas. It has also won several awards including 2012 and 2014 Most Popular Gardening Publication, and 2011 Award of Merit – for excellence in horticultural media.
Paul notes “while it has been sad to see the demise of the magazine, I am looking forward to using the skills I have gained in future industry roles. As editor, I have been lucky to work closely with a wide range of people and develop a broad range of skills related to publications (print and online); marketing and media using both traditional and social media; and television.”
The final issue of the magazine (Issue #43) is due out June 2017 depending on budget constraints.


Never give up!

March 7, 2017

As a compulsive plant-addict who is forever tip pruning and savaging all prunings to make fresh cuttings, there seems a point in time when one thinks… I have to give up! Impossible! This is like saying a child as a friend’s 6th birthday party cannot have a serving of icecream while everyone else consumes said […]

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El Nino for Gardeners in Australia

May 18, 2015

The Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM)sENSO Tracker status has moved from ALERT to EL NINO, signalling the official declaration by the Bureau of Meteorology of El Niño 2015. El Niño is often associated with drought in Australia. It may be cold comfort for those toughing out the current dry in parts of eastern Australia, but while […]

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Fruit Fly Solutions

December 9, 2014

There are a number of pests that cause much frustration and anger to home produce growers of tomatoes, capsicums, peaches, plums, mangoes, oranges, guavas, avocadoes, pawpaws and most other fruits. The guilty pest is none other than the fruit fly. There is estimated around 4000 species of fruit fly but only 350 species which cause […]

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Goodenia ovata

August 25, 2014

Botanical: Goodenia ovata Common: Hop Goodenia Family: Goodeniaceae Goodenia is a genus of about 200 species, almost all of which are confined to Australia although a few occur in the islands to the north. Goodenias exhibit some of the best horticultural attributes as garden plants, however they are not as widely cultivated or available from […]

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Allamanda laevis

August 25, 2014

Botanical: Allamanda laevis  Common: Shrubby Allamanda Family: Apocynaceae   Native to Brazil, this is one of the many shrub species of Allamanda. It is a very popular garden and landscape plant in Brazil and one of the showier species in the genus, which deserves to be more widely grown in Australia. Allamanda laevis is initially […]

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Hovea acutifolia

August 17, 2014

Plant of the Month  Purple Pea Bush – Hovea acutifolia Native to parts of Queensland and New South Wales, this forest fringe plant produces masses of purple pea-shaped flowers from later winter to early spring – right now! It is fast growing and generally short lived. Dimensions: 2m high x 2m wide This plant loves […]

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Issue 34 subTropical Gardening magazine

February 24, 2014

Issue 34 is out!  Australia’s leading gardening publication has released issue 34 in print. The iPad version will be ready shortly. Highlighted articles as featured on the cover include: Coastal Elegance Collecting Plants Flowering Trees Lush Tropical Darwin Vanilla Garden Design Spiky Eco Living Edibles And of course, that is just the tip of the […]

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Best Garden books 2013

January 16, 2014

EDITOR’S CHOICE 2013 Here are the top 10 books reviewed by the editor in 2013 as seen on page 9 of Issue 33 subTropical Gardening magazine. Australian Rainforest Fruits By Wendy Cooper [Issue 31, p. 88] Birdscaping Australian Gardens By George Adams [Issue 32, p. 88] Garden Escapees become Environmental Weeds By Bruce Tinworth [Issue 30, […]

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