Gardener Guides

is the trade name used by
Gardener Publications LLC of Columbia, South Carolina. We are a
leading media group within the Columbia MSA, serving readers and advertisers in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland and Saluda Counties, serving a population of 793,779 (2013 est.). We offer our advertisers unique combinations of print, digital and email marketing opportunities. Our readers have come to expect the unexpected in our content, whether in print or online. We pride ourselves in the long lasting relationships we maintain with our advertising customers.

Press Releases:

March 2015: March is here… let's eat! The March issue of Foodie News was published March 1 and featured many Food Lover Events as well as discount offers from Tombo Grille, Rue 77 and Carolina Wings and Rib House. Please view it here:

February 2015: The February issue of Foodie News included offers for discounted food and beverages from Wings and Ale, Mediterranean Café, Le Peep, Frayed Knot, J Peters, Old Mill Brewpub, Sumo, PDQ and Bourbon. Also, a shared recipe from Il Giorgione and a feature about Craft and Draft. A long list of food-centered events and Valentine's Day features were also posted.

February 2015: Gardener Publications LLC was awarded the Columbia Chamber's 2015 Yellow Jasmine Award for Small Business. The company was recognized for its dedication to excellence in striving to be the best and improving their community in the process - helping to make the Columbia region such a vibrant place to visit, live and do business.

January 2015: Gardener Guides publishes Discover Romance in Columbia on January 30th, just in time for Valentine's Day. Three installments of ideas for dates were included, and each set of date ideas was published and promoted separately on Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13. Please view the DigiPub at

January 2015: The Spring 2015 issue of Discover Columbia hits the stands. Features in this issue include Richland County Public Library programs and services, Paths of Destruction: The Burning of Columbia, interesting walks, stop smoking help, spring garden tours and workshops, four monthly event calendars, maps and more.

January 2015: The 7th issue of Foodie News is published. Subscriptions are up and the digital publication is enjoying the best readership numbers yet. EdVenture lets us know that we are driving substantial traffic to their website for FROST (an event) and that Foodie News is the top referrer, ahead of Google and Facebook.

November 2014: Merry Christmas Columbia, the first of Gardener's DigiPub series, makes its debut. Holiday events, Christmas lights, concerts, holiday markets, workshops, holiday restaurant hours, Christmas tree farms, Christ Centered Christmas events and more. Over the course of the next 6 weeks, over 20,000 people viewed the publication online:

December 2014: Gardener Guides welcomed Kacey Timms to the company. She will serve in the role of advertising sales rep.

September 2014: Gardener Publications LLC will be one of the event sponsors for Woofstock Music Festival 2014! This event will raise funds and awareness about the services that the Humane Society provides such as their low cost spay and neuter clinic, animal cruelty investigation, and adoption referral. It will be an exciting afternoon of barks, brews, and bands! There will also be a silent auction, an adoption hour, and dogs are welcome to attend. For tickets, click here.

September 2014: Gardener Publications LLC welcomed new staff, including Alex Johnson as a digital advertising sales assistant, Miriam Cattell as a print advertising sales assistant and Marisa Bank as the publisher's assistant.

September 1, 2014: Gardener Publications LLC today released the Fall-Holiday 2014 issue of Discover Columbia. Features in this issue include 20 Places Everyone Should Eat, exciting Fall events & festivals, hayrides and hauntings, holiday markets & light displays, beautiful neighborhoods around Columbia SC & great places to shop for the perfect holiday gifts! The magazine is available at Publix and Food Lion grocery stores throughout the Columbia region, 60 restaurants, 100 hotels, sidewalk boxes and by direct mail.

July 1, 2014: Gardener Publications LLC today launched! Features on this fabulous foodie blog include restaurant openings, tasty culinary events, delicious recipes, cooking classes around the Midlands, meal deals and more!

April 29, 2014: Gardener Publications LLC today released the Summer 2014 issue of Discover Columbia. Features in this issue include This Summer's Top 10 Things to Do, event calendars for May, June, July and August, many suggestions for family fun, maps and visitor information. The magazine is available at Publix and Food Lion grocery stores throughout the Columbia region, 60 restaurants, 100 hotels, sidewalk boxes and by direct mail.

March, 2014: The Spirit of Lake Murray's new website has launched! Gardener Publications LLC of West Columbia SC has announced that their work has been completed on the new website and is now online. Gardener created the new site and integrated an online booking system into the site, allowing customers to reserve the charter boat for special occasions or to purchase tickets online to public cruises. The website address is

January 2, 2014: Today, Gardener Guides has welcomed the new year with its Spring 2014 issue of Discover Columbia featuring a new page size and paper. Discover Columbia has moved from its digest-size 5.25" x 8.25" to a new larger 7.25" x 9.25" format. The new issue features a new matte finished paper with a heavier paper weight for its cover. Kathy Gardener, publisher, said, "We have increased the page size by 50%, growing our physical ad space by 50%. Now a quarter page ad is equivalent in square inches to our third page in the previous issues. We feel our advertisers will appreciate bigger advertising spaces and our readers will like the larger pages and nicer paper too.

December 31, 2013: Today, Gardener Publications LLC of West Columbia, SC, purchased the Hotel Advertising Program from Direct Display Co. of Chapin, SC. The Hotel Advertising Program consists of 35 multi-pocket brochure stands located in hotel properties across the Greater Columbia SC area. This move enables Gardener to better position its Discover Columbia magazine in these hotels, and also gives Gardener the ability to offer pockets in the stands to businesses wishing to reach hotel guests with rack cards, brochures and menus.

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