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McGregorUS
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Rock Garden Quarterly

I just thought people would be pleased to now that the Quarterly is now complete and has been uploaded to Allen Press in Kansas (6 hours uploading 600 Mb) who are currently producing color proofs for me to check over.

It's been quite a learning curve getting up to speed with InDesign (the software I'm using for layout), but I think that the result will be popular. As I said at the Annual in Salida, members will notice changes inside, although the cover and framework of this issue is in series with the previous 2010 issues - so that if you're someone who likes to file things in volumes you'll be quite happy. But there are changes inside: in layout, use of color and so on, that are very much what I've promised and that members have told me they hope to see.

If things all stay to schedule the Fall issue should be posted out in around 4 weeks.

I'm already starting to look at articles for the Winter issue and beyond, but like every editor I'm always on the lookout for new articles, great photos and so on. Please do get in touch.

And when the Quarterly gets to you, do feel free to let me know those things you like (and anything you don't). It's our Bulletin as members - we make it what it is.

Malcolm McGregor

RickR
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New stuff?  That's exciting!  And I'm looking forward to it, whatever it might be.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Proofs are signed off now with Allen Press and I hope that members will start receiving the Quarterly in the first week in October!

malcolm

Malcolm McGregor
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East Yorkshire, UK

McGregorUS
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Quarterly is now printed and is being posted out from Allen Press in Kansas so you should be getting it pretty soon. I've had an advance copy and there are no obvious disasters so I'm much relieved! 

Malcolm

Malcolm McGregor
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Hoy
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I got my copy today!

Congratulation, Malcolm, with a very fine magazine. I like the new format, especially with more pictures accompanying the articles.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

RickR
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A very fine edition.  The format provides a less "academic" feel.  I think it will be especially well received by newer members.  I remember when I first joined:  Dianthus deltoides (for example) didn't mean a thing to me.  Having a picture right there with an article sure makes the pros a lot more inviting to read.  And color throughout the Quarterly makes you want to peak at what all else is there!

Bravo!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

McGregorUS
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Really good that many people have now got the Quarterly and the responses have been very positive. Glad you like the use of pictures and what Rick says is exactly what I was trying to do so that is really good. I want to give the Quarterly a friendly feel which makes beginners feel comfortable and at the same time manage to include properly sophisticated articles.

Thanks to Trond and Rick for posting their congrats and to everyone else who has been in touch - do feel free - I will try and respond to ideas that are offered.

Malcolm McGregor
Global Moderator/NARGS Editor
East Yorkshire, UK

Booker
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Oh that we could get ours as quickly on this side of the pond?  :D  I can't wait!

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

McGregorUS
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That's one of the things I'm really keen to monitor Cliff so that I know just how long it takes to get to people in different places. Hope it arrives soon.

Malcolm McGregor
Global Moderator/NARGS Editor
East Yorkshire, UK

Sellars
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It's not just the pond Cliff, it's also the mountains and rivers.  No sign of the Quarterly yet here in Western Canada.  Mind you, once Canada Post takes on its part of the delivery chain, canoes do sometimes sink in the rapids.

David Sellars
From the Wet Coast of British Columbia, Canada

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Mark McD
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No sign of the quarterly here either, although I was at a Berkshire Chapter NARGS meeting today, and a number of other NARGS members in Massachusetts got their copies.  I still have my NARGS renewal invoice to pay, it's been here for a few weeks, maybe that is holding things up?  Although I've been a member for almost 40 years, so hopefully the issue is just slowness with the mail.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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