People, Places, and Plants

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People, Places & Plants
Editor Paul Tukey
Staff writers Dr. Rick Churchill
Allen Lessels
Categories Gardening
Frequency Bimonthly
Circulation 65,000
Publisher Paul Tukey
Year founded 1995
First issue January 1996[1]
Country United States
Based in New Gloucester, Maine
Language English
ISSN 1092-9223

People, Places & Plants was an American gardening magazine based in New Gloucester, Maine,[2] covering the areas of New England and New York. People, Places & Plants is also the name of a gardening television program syndicated by Home & Garden Television.


Maine journalist and landscaper Paul Tukey[1] co-founded People, Places & Plants in late 1995[3] and the magazine's first issue was published in January 1996. At the initial phase, the magazine was headquartered in Falmouth, Maine.[4] By late 1997, the magazine was the top-selling garden magazine in Maine.[5]

After establishing itself as a publication on gardening in New England and New York, a Mid-Atlantic edition was launched in 2003.[6] It suffered from sluggish sales and was discontinued in late 2004. People, Places & Plants published its 50th issue, billed also as a special 10th anniversary issue, in May 2005.[7]

During late 2008 and 2009 issues of PPP were sporadic. The spring 2009 issue (volume 14, issue 2, edition 70) was received in June 2009 and on the bottom of page 12, it was announced that the magazine frequency was decreasing from six issues per year to three. The spring 2009 issue was the last one mailed to subscribers. Subscribers continue to wonder whether they will ever receive another issue or a refund.

In a gardening column by Tom Atwell in the Sunday Press Herald on January 31, 2010, Rick Churchill (one of the writers of the magazine) announced: PPP has ceased publication, although Paul Tukey has made no official announcement. There has not been an issue for eight months, and issues were sporadic before that. Tukey, contacted by e-mail, said the magazine is not yet officially dead. "It is still listed for sale by a Portland broker," he wrote, "and several entities are interested in acquiring the title to move it forward in some fashion. Until that happens, we've been holding off making an announcement." He hopes to notify subscribers by March 1, 2010.

However, as of June 14, 2010, subscribers have not been notified by the editor and the PPP website is offline. The magazine officially ceased publication and the offices have long since closed.

Television program[edit]

A television program of People, Places & Plants, filmed at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and hosted by Roger Swain and Paul Tukey, debuted in March 2003.[8] Two seasons were produced and aired on Home & Garden Television.[9] Tukey earned the honor of America's Horticultural Communicator of the Year from the American Horticultural Society in 2006.


  1. ^ a b Ferriss, Lloyd (February 4, 1996). "Maine Gardening, Maine Magazine". Maine Sunday Telegram. p. 4G. 
  2. ^ Tux Turkel (November 8, 2002). "Falmouth, Maine, Landscaper Starts People, Places & Plants Magazine". Portland Press Herald. 
  3. ^ "Paul Tukey founder of People, Places & Plants Magazine". Marlborough Business Association. March 2, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ Diana George Chapin (March 8, 1997). "Magazine for Maine gardeners". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ Lloyd Ferriss (November 23, 1997). "Garden or Garden Magazine, a Green Thumb's a Must". Maine Sunday Telegram. p. 4G. 
  6. ^ "Maine publisher launches magazine for mid-Atlantic". Portland Press Herald. February 13, 2003. p. 7B. 
  7. ^ Atwell, Tom (May 15, 2005). "A decade in print". Maine Sunday Telegram. p. G3. 
  8. ^ Routhier, Ray (2003-05-27). "Home-grown TV program finds market". Portland Press Herald. p. 1B. 
  9. ^ "Weekly gardening show goes off air this month". Maine Sunday Telegram. 2005-03-27. p. 4G. 

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