Sunday, September 26, 2010

Unique Garden Gifts

Unique Garden Gifts

Unique garden gifts are perfect for avid gardeners. Here are some tips to guide non-gardeners along the way no matter which holiday is coming up next. Many high-end nurseries carry a large selection of specialty items that make great gifts. Mail order catalogs are also wonderful sources of garden tools and accessories that gardeners covet. Here are a few ideas.

One of the most useful items in this category is an apron or smock with many pockets. It not only helps to protect the garments worn under it, but aids in carrying tools, plant ties, labels, etc. Choose one in a fabulous botanical print. Also to consider – rubber garden clogs that are easily slipped in and out of and rinse clean easily. Look for ones with removable, washable in-soles. A wide brim straw hat makes a great gift for gardeners in sunny locales. And every gardener goes through several pairs of gloves in a season. Soft leather kid makes a nice, durable alternative to canvas.

Fine Tools
Hand trowels that are constructed to resist bending when used in heavy soil are always welcome gifts to gardeners who tend to buy themselves the cheap version. Any ergonomically designed tool, such as those with fat, padded handles to allow a better grip, is also a good idea. And you can never go wrong with a top-notch set of hand pruners, especially if it comes with its own case. Expect to pay $30 to $50 for a good pruner.

These can be either decorative or functional, depending on the personality of the gardener. Also, feeding centers (particularly the squirrel resistant ones) make wonderful gifts. Birdbaths come in a variety of different styles, from terra cotta to natural copper that ages beautifully.

Garden Art
This can take many forms, from classic statuary to whimsical sculptures made from found objects, to Victorian gazing balls. Plaques, decorative stepping stones, and sundials are also good options. Again, keep the personality of the gardener and the theme of the garden in mind.

Outdoor Furniture
Most gardens have a spot where a cedar bench or wrought iron bistro set can be tucked in. Also consider patio umbrellas and luxurious cushions for existing furniture – most gardeners enjoy relaxing and entertaining outdoors.

Plant Supports
Wonderful systems of linking stakes exist to help stake and support tall plants; many gardeners covet such supplies but opt for less expensive bamboo stakes. Ask for these at garden centers or look for them in mail order catalogs. Also in this category are beautiful trellises, either in cedar or wrought iron. In a higher price range are obelisks, arches, and arbors (may require assembly).

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