So what do you do in the wintertime? Downhill skiing, ice skating, snowmachining, ice fishing, sledding, skijoring, mushing, cross-country skiing, walking, snowshoeing, etc. If you are an Alaskan, gardening is not on the list. I don't count watering the houseplants as gardening. How does the avid gardener get through these lean times? Well, books and magazines help. If we can't participate in something, we like to watch someone else doing it, right? How else can armchair quarterbacks, C-SPAN, and travel shows on cable be explained? Garden mags can be a lifeline on a long, dark afternoon. The colorful pictures transport us to gardens in Seattle, LA, or Conneticut. Anywhere is good, so long as it is somewhere that's not under four feet of snow.