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For great better home and gardening ideas, homemakers and gardeners should look into Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Better Homes and Gardens is full of information on home design, better home living, and garden and outdoor living. There is also a letters forum in which readers share their better home and gardening thoughts and experiences. Every issue is well illustrated with dozens of colourful photographs that show how people have made their better home and gardening ideas a reality.

Would you like to make a plain storage shed look like a picturesque gardenerís cottage? Better Homes and Gardens shows you how it can be done. There is even a regular column called Then and Now that takes readers into the past to experience better home and gardening stories from bygone years.

Better Homes and Gardens shows you how to turn even the smallest bit of yard space into a beautiful, old fashioned English garden. The magazine offers tips on landscaping, planning a garden, arranging trees and shrubs, and laying paths. Youíre not sure where you should put a pergola? Better Homes and Gardens can give you some great ideas. Are you thinking of starting a container garden? This is the magazine to go to for helpful information.

There is more than just the magazine. Better Homes and Gardens is online. For a great gardening experience without even leaving your home, go to Better Homes and Gardensí online test garden. You can check out the test garden map, then take the Interactive Test Garden Tour. You begin with the walkway to the garden, which is lined with ginkgo trees, then enter a small, shady plaza that leads to a pretty fountain. You pass through a shade garden that features hostus and other sun-loving plants, then go on to a beautiful dwarf conifer collection. At the southeast corner of the garden you find a lovely assortment of shrubs, perennials, trees and rock garden plants. Passing a tool shed disguised as a quaint cottage, you take a path that leads to some colourful barberry bushes. The site also provides you with a birdís-eye view photograph of the entire garden. This garden, located outside the headquarters of Better Homes and Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa, has twenty-two distinct areas, 25,000 trees, shrubs and perennials, and 17,000 bulbs.

There are many other better home and gardening tips and ideas in the magazine and on the website. There are recipes, decorating ideas, and pointers on how to build a fireplace or a barbeque. Kidsí Corner tells you such things as how to make a Halloween costume or bake Christmas tree cookies. Better Homes and Gardens has something for everyone with an interest in the house and garden.