Upstate Gardeners’ Journal: Read It Online for Free!

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Jane Milliman

Jane Milliman

Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, the regional gardening magazine for Upstate NY, now publishes all issues online, for free. This is terrific news for gardeners like me who don’t live close enough to Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, or Ithaca to stop by a garden center and pick up a free print copy. I went to the Upstate Gardeners’ Journal website to try it out, and was so impressed with the ease and legibility of the online copy that I decided to contact Jane Milliman, editor and publisher of UGJ, to find out more.

CCG: An online edition of a magazine seems so cutting edge. How did a small regional publication wind up here? When and where did you get the idea for this?

JM: My initial inspiration probably came from The New Yorker, when they debuted their online reader. I’m more of a magazine-in-the-bathtub girl myself, but I could see how an online version would appeal to many folks. Alas, when I started researching, the lowest price I could find was about $600 a month. Yikes! I knew prices would come down though, as they always do with technology, so I waited and watched, and then, in December, found the service I use,

CCG: Was it hard to get set up? Did you have to hire someone to help make it happen?

JM: It was absolutely as easy as falling off a horse. Anyone can use this service. It would be a great place to store club newsletters, teaching collateral, etc.

CCG: How can it be free?

JM: Just like with the print edition, advertising will pay for the online service. Of course, all of the ads that are in the print edition are already in the online one, but we’ll be adding additional ad opportunities for our advertisers, many of whom are hungry for this exact kind of online exposure.

CCG: What’s going to happen to the print edition?

JM: The print edition will remain exactly as it is. This is just an additional delivery option. Over time, if there is a huge shift to online, there is the possibility we might reduce printed copies. But for now my thinking is “the more circulation the merrier.”

CCG: What has been the reaction from your readers?

JM: When I first trialed the online edition, using the UGJ’s Facebook fans as guinea pigs, I got a very enthusiastic response from readers who live in more far-flung locations and don’t always make it to their “local” garden center in time to pick up the newest issue — in fact some probably don’t even have a local garden center. These readers were extremely excited to be able to get their hands on the calendar, especially, in a more timely way than ever before possible.

Upstate Gardeners Journal online editionCCG: As a reader of (and occasional writer for) Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, I’d have to agree. I valued the information in UGJ enough to pony up for a subscription several years ago, and I’m thrilled to have access to this magazine without further depleting my bank account. If you want to know the best place to buy plants and garden accessories, or hire a gardening consultant, in upstate NY, all you have to do is flip the online pages of Upstate Gardeners’ Journal. Likewise, there’s no better place to find out what’s happening in the gardening world in upstate NY than by consulting UGJ’s calendar. What are you waiting for? Click on the magazine cover and go over there!

Jane Milliman photo courtesy Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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Sharon Dobkin May 12, 2013, 3:53 pm

Can you tell me some nurseries that specialize in succulents…. near Buffalo or Rochester, NY? Thanks.

nellie February 5, 2011, 9:05 pm

I really don’t see any point for you upstate New Yorkers to read garden magazines. I’m pretty sure you will never be able to dig out of the snow this year.

Kathy Purdy February 5, 2011, 10:09 pm

Actually, we are only having normal amounts of snow here. We are used to it, so our roads are plowed and life has gone on pretty much as it does every winter.