It’s Cyber-Monday and that means the Holiday gift-giving season is really starting to roll. Thanksgiving is a distant memory although there may still be leftovers in the fridge… It is inevitable that your attention will become more and more focused on gift-giving in the coming days and lucky for you, I’ve put together a gardener gift guide including practical, posh and just plain fun gift ideas.
Sure, these are my personal choices (I have no special ties with any of these vendors) but I’ve been dabbling at the green arts for 18 years – long enough to know about some things that can put excitement and happiness on a gardener’s face! Take a look, even if only for inspiration. Besides, you might even find something for your own “wish list.” :)
Rubber Boots - Gardeners love rubber boots! They are handy because they slip on and off very quickly and easily. A top choice to wear during the muddy days of spring and the cold days of winter when running out to the compost pile, the garage or even the mailbox. In the fall, they are perfect for working in the moistened soil during clean up and provide some protection from spiders or wasps that might think about crawling up a pant leg. Here’s two good choices and these companies offer both mens and womans footwear. Hunter Gardener Boots, $135 (us.hunterboots.com) Breezy Mid Muck Boot, $114.95 (www.muckbootcompany.com)
Pruners - Every gardener NEEDS a smooth operating pair of hand pruners. These clippers need to be highly durable and comfortable to grip because they are used so often. Hand pruners are used to shape plants, deadhead, remove damaged growth and cut back perennials. Felco’s bypass type pruners are highly recommended and worth the investment in my opinion. The company offers a life-time limited warranty if you purchase from the online Felco Store. Felco 2 Pruner, $47.43 (www.felcostore.com)
glassybaby - Bring a warm light and a warm feeling to a gardener this season with a beautiful hand-made votive. Seattle-based glassybaby employs local glass artists to create colorful votives whose names such as, ‘cabo’ and ‘skinny dip’, evoke personal memories. It is noteworthy (and in the spirit of giving) that 10% of each glassybaby purchased is donated to a corresponding charity. $44 (glassybaby.com)
Steel Life Loft Mod Dish - Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean gardeners give up plants! They like to always have a little something growing and this gorgeous tabletop planter is the perfect thing for succulents and/or air plants that are all the rage. From Bend, Oregon, this planter line features up cycled steel that is powder coated for vibrant colors and durability. (Rubber footings to protect your surface are included.) $139 (www.shopsteellife.com)
Gift Certificate to Local Nursery – Although gift certificates sometimes have a reputation of being generic and thoughtless, that is NOT what gardeners think. Getting a gift certificate to a local nursery in the off-season is truly a treat, for as the garden changes each year, so does a gardener’s needs. Trust me, gardeners adore going to a nursery at the beginning of a new growing season with a gift card riding in their hip pocket. A must-have will be found!
For Local Readers:
Edwards Greenhouse (4106 Sand Creek St., Boise)
Farwest Landscape Garden Center (5728 W. State St., Boise)
Franz Witte (9770 W. State St., Boise)
Madeline George Design Nursery (10550 W. Hill Rd. Pkwy, Boise)
Zamzow’s (various locations in Treasure Valley)
Trip to Northwest Flower and Garden Show – It’s nice to get a break from winter and a great place for most gardeners to do that is the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (NWFGS) in Seattle. This five-day February event heralds the upcoming arrival of spring with an entire acre of show gardens displaying the latest trends in gardening and outdoor living. The show’s Marketplace is a great place to stock up on bulbs and plants, fun garden accessories and tools. The NWFGS is also known for its free seminars with horticulture experts from around the country. A favorite thing about this event is that it is located in downtown Seattle. Once you have your fill of garden delight, wonderful shopping, eating and city exploration is just steps away! The show website has info on hotels that offer special rates and are an easy walk to the show. Show tickets can be purchased through the website as well. (www.gardenshow.com)
Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook - Like the title suggests, this is a gardener’s go-to-guide if living in the Rocky Mountains or Intermountain West. Co-written by Boise’s very own Mary Ann Newcomer and Denver’s John Cretti, this book is chock-full of gardening know-how. It includes specific sections on annuals, bulbs & rhizomes, edibles, ground covers, lawn & ornamental grasses, perennials, roses, shrubs, deciduous trees & conifers and vines. Serious levels of plant information reside in this book, including how to plant, grow and care for your selections. $24.99 Available at Amazon.com
Potlifter - This is the perfect tool for folks that do a lot of container gardening and need to move pots in and out of shelter. It is a huge backsaver as it enables two people to work together and comfortably lift and move large pots or other heavy objects. The potlifter can be used to lift objects up to 200 lbs and up to 7 ft in circumference. $29.99 Available at Amazon.com or paletrading.com
Deluxe Manicure – Manicures are not commonplace for many a gardener since they always have their hands in the dirt or are using them to pinch, pluck or pull out something. However, a gift to pamper and polish those hard-working hands in the off-season may be just the thing for the gardener that has everything. Available in your local area. Prices starting around $25.