Friday, February 22, 2013

Greenwoman Magazine Tour and Review

When Sage asked me if I would like to be part of the tour of this Magazine, Greenwoman I jumped at the chance, without really thinking about it. But once I received my copy and pages through the magazine it immediately struck me. This is different.
It was different than the usual reviewing of specific genre books. For a specific age or gender. You know where you sit down, make yourself comfortable and read a good well written story. Forgetting the world around you and just relax into the pages becoming part of an imaginary world.
The first question that came to mind was what would I say about the magazine since it is diverse in its delivery.
It is for a different audience, combining different styles since it has a variety of authors within. So here is my review of this new and exciting magazine. A real coffee table magazine that you could place in a favorite spot, easily reached to quickly read a interesting article or two. Keeping it close for later references. Or an interesting topic to start a conversation with granddad, dad or who ever loves gardening.


Greenwoman website 

and sign up for a free copy of the magazine


Greenwoman Magazine celebrates garden writing in all its forms: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, commentary, biography, art, and comics! 
Daring and fun, Greenwoman is for the hip gardener who loves digging into the world of art and environmental thought that underlies gardening."

Greenwoman Magazine is a completely independent, one-woman-owned-and-run publication.  (Well, two-women, when Sandra’s daughter Zora, who is the Deputy Editor, has time from her full-time college work).



"I think this magazine will be one of the best gifts 2011 has given humanity and I’m absolutely serious about this. I hope you will check it out. When I did that, I clicked immediately on the subscription button and signed myself up. Now for those of you who know me, you will know this is significant because I have a very strict rule about not purchasing anything over the internet." —Tammi Hartung, author of Homegrown Herbs

“. . . I realized that this was a periodical loathe to box itself in or stoop to cliché. The topics would be familiar but the twists and turns would be unique because the human experience is unique."—Grace Peterson, "Gardening with Grace" blog                                                                                      

"Greenwoman is a fresh and hip magazine bringing the spirit of gardening to the forefront . . . It is unlike any other magazine I have read."—Elise Bowan                                                                                                             

“Greenwoman filled the gap in my life that I didn't know existed: a magazine that connected all my interests: the earth, gardening, and a feminine perspective. I couldn't believe my luck upon discovering it! Greenwoman will now replace some of my subscriptions that were only gardening, that ignored earth issues...Viva Greenwoman. —Elisabeth Kinsey, Greenwoman's Sex in the Garden columnist.

Visit Greenwoman website and sign up for a free copy of the magazine

My 5 Star Review

First off I must say the cover got my attention from the moment I downloaded it. It was informative but yet classic in its deliverance. Leaving you with promises of tranquility and quiet time.
As you turn the page you are met with the most adorable little face in color that immediately steels your heart and you know you are hooked.
With a very inspiring slogan of the advertiser 
"Creating places where people meet to grow"
A double meaning in its choice of words that leaves you with more than just information about their services. 
The Editor's letter was informative but also a nice introduction to the mother and daughter team, Sandra and Zora. Relaxed and peaceful as they relay to you their story.
The next pages was filled with the contributors to the articles. With black and white close ups making it real and authentic. 
All the articles is centered around nature. The beautiful, the ugly, the lessons learned. Each with a different messages but yet forming a complete picture of nature in all its splendor.
Of all the articles I must say "Slow Ride by Don Murphy" stood out the most. His comparison between seed and life really touched me. Urging you on to experience life, to love, to learn, to experience life in all its beauty. To be willing to be put in the soil and watered so that your fruit can come forth.
A gentle encouragement to allow seed to grow, in its season and live life to the fullest.
This was followed by more great article surrounding hens, seasons and to be grateful for your freedom. 
I loved the pencil illustrations all in black and white highlighting the classic style through out the magazine. Keeping it very laid back, elegant with a touch of class. 
Different from the popular main stream magazines that fills the shelves.
Historical essays like "Lady in waiting" followed with poetry and more illustrations. Keeping the pages entertaining and interesting. 
Informative in a storytelling way that connects with the author of the specific piece. 
I thought the quiz that follows about The Rockstars of Biology was amusing, testing your knowledge. I will not say how many I could recognize though.
Another article that stood out was the Interview with Amy Stewart. With her artwork displayed through out the pages. It is always good to learn about some one else, their mistakes, their fears but also what makes them tick, giving them the edge to move forward.
I loved the first chapter of the Historical story "Take to the Hills by Marquerite Lyon" written in 1942. 
Descriptive, well written as you became part of the fight of survival as a fire broke out on the farm. Everyone scrambling around to safe things. With limited water, no hose, scorched hands and making several back fires while hoping to safe at least the livestock and house. You feel the desperation, the freight of this group of people fighting against a enemy so much bigger in its ferocity, determined to destroy years of hard work. That ends with being part of the birth of a new lamb that heralds in the new season of hope.
More articles followed as you are introduced  to a gardeners life, to know more about gardening, relationships and yes a lesson in passion and lust as you learn about the seduction of the bulp and the earth creating a new life in its lust filled encounter. 
More advertisements followed keeping the classic rustic feeling through out. Introducing you to new released books all about landscaping, gardens and food.
This is a magazine that will confront the reader with comforts, quickly buying something instead of making something from the beginning. Presenting it with flair. 
With helpful tips and information this is a must for every keen gardener, artful, tasteful with a touch of class.
A definite must to have on the coffee table to enjoy with a nice cup of your favorite coffee or tea. 


  1. Thank you, so much, Lynelle, for the beautiful review. I am going to share it with all the Greenwoman writers today!

  2. Great magazine and I wish you and your team all the best with it.