Country Gardens Magazine


Posted by Jane | Posted in Garden Design Magazine Information | Posted on 26-09-2011


Country Gardens Magazine: An Overview

Country Gardens MagazineBetter Homes and Gardens or also referred to as Country Gardens magazine is the fourth largest-selling magazine in the US. It is published monthly by Meredith Corporation, one of the top publishing companies in North America. Country Gardens magazine was founded by Edwin Meredith in 1922. The US Secretary of Agriculture recognized Meredith’s excellence in putting up a publishing company that will cater to the needs of homeowners. Country Gardens magazine is currently one of the “Seven Sisters”, an independent group of various female-oriented magazines.

In August 2010, Meredith published a number of gardening and home economics books, including the “Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book”. Currently on its 15th edition, the book was first published in 1930. A year later, Meredith published the “New Junior Cookbook” for children ages 3 – 10.

In October 2007, Meredith sold half of Country Gardens magazine’s publishing rights to GMAC Real Estate. This coincided with Meredith’s 50-year agreement with REALOGY Corporation. The agreement focused on giving license to Better Homes and Gardens as an affiliate of the real estate company. The Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s main office is located in New Jersey. In fall of 2007, Meredith launched best Country Gardens MagazineBETTER – a lifestyle TV program featuring home gardening tips, consumer advices and interviews. The show is regularly aired over Meredith-owned LIN, Fisher and Journal TV networks.

The Country Gardens magazine’s Australian edition was founded in July 1978. Licensed by Pacific Magazines, the Country Gardens Australia is currently the 6th biggest-selling consumer magazine in the country. Prior to the Australian edition’s first-ever release, MAD Magazine published a 1958 satire of Country Gardens. Its 53rd issue featured “How-To” articles on converting bathrooms to basements and placing lawn on rollers. Fleer Publishing Co. meanwhile released a parody of Country Gardens entitled “Bitter Homes and Garbage” in 1970.


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