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  • Writer's pictureNicole Buist

Gifts for the Gardener

Here's a list of gift ideas for the green thumb in your life.

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Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies and it's clear to see why. An easily accessible outlet in which you can begin converting all those dark winter blues into something productive. As the spring fever and anticipation of warm weather builds, you can begin channeling all that pent up energy into a gorgeous flower bed or vegetable garden. The possibilities are endless!

While this hobby really doesn't require any complexities, here are a few ideas for the gardener in your life to enhance their experience this spring.

Some Inspiration: Tickets to a local flower show With COVID sunsetting, we're starting to see some of our favorite events come back in full bloom. The Philadelphia flower show and the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show are both back. Perhaps there's something interesting where you live.

Seeds. Thanks to the internet, now you can order all sorts of different types of seeds and bulbs online. Seeds do expire pretty quickly so a collection of the usual suspects of flowers and vegetables would be appreciated and you could throw in some rare finds like black tomatoes or purple carrots.

Gardening Journal. No matter what a seed package or plant insert says, let's face it some plants just grow better than others in our gardens. A gardening journal is a perfect way to keep track of which seeds you've tried in the past and where certain species thrived in your yard based on your individual sunlight and care taking patterns. Here's a really pretty one that has worksheets for garden layouts, specific goals for the season and record keeping of pests that impacted plants in your garden and solutions.

Gardening Gloves. While it's true that every gardener already has a pair, it's also true that these get really….well…dirty after a season or two so a new pair of high quality gardening gloves will always be a welcome gift. These garden gloves with claws might be an interesting version for your gardener this year.

Garden hose Wand. These extra long spray nozzles make watering your garden at all levels a breeze. This one from Orbit has an adjustable neck for reaching hanging baskets and 8 different spray patterns.

Workman's Friend Barrier Skin Cream. This hand cream is great for gardeners to protect their hands from plant oils and dirt.

Small bud vases. My father in law is an avid gardener and he has several small bud vases throughout their home where he surprises my mother in law with clippings from his garden. If you have time, you could go a little retro and search some second hand stores for donated ones like this one he gave Dave and I when we got married.

If you don't have time to shop, there are tons of cool budvases online. I love this test tube inspired bud vase that can also be wall mounted.

Seed starter(s). This is the seed gardener's annual consumable and these are so fun to use with kids. After you've selected all the seeds for the season you plant them inside in one of these and the kids check every day for seedlings. Here's an example from Ferry Morse.

Succulent of the month club. For the gardener that might need a break or if you want to give them a gift that keeps on giving all year round there are many "plant of the month" clubs out there. We recently tried Succulents Box for our mom. Each month she gets two unique succulents and you can go to their website to learn about each species you get. Something to inspire the gardener through those dark winter blues until next spring!

A planter box would be a great gift for the gardener as well and would pair nicely with a plant of the month type gift. Here are two we love: Kate and Laurel Domino Wall hanging planter and this rectangular one from CYS Excel.

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