Gifts Every Gardener Wants

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We’re deep into December and if you haven’t shopped for the gardener on your list, here are a few ideas to help you check that off.

Sturdy garden gloves.  Many gardeners use cheap cotton and poly gloves most of the time, but having a pair of high quality gloves can really help when dealing with tough plants or tough chores.

High quality implements of destruction.  From small snips to heavy anvil pruners, a really good quality tool will survive years or even decades or use with care.  A big box store is not a place to go looking; instead shop at your local independently owned nursery; they can point you in the right direction.  Or choose Felco Tools or something hand made.

Got a budding seed saver or plant breeder on your list?  Consider a membership to Seed Savers Exchange.  Members have access to and become part of a large network of small growers that have seeds to trade or sell that you won’t find in any catalog.

Botanical Garden membership.  If you know your gardener isn’t a member of the local botanical garden, an annual membership will support both the garden and your gardener.  And when travelling your gardener can often visit other Botanical Gardens for free when they show their membership card.

Gift certificates to seed companies.  If you don’t know where your gardener likes to shop, choose a regional seed company like Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, High Mowing Seeds, Territorial Seed or Sustainable Seed.  If your gardener likes heirloom and rare varieties, Seed Savers Exchange and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds are good choices.  If they are a mainstream practical gardener or a market gardener, it’s hard to go wrong with Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

– Be crafty!  Even a utilitarian garden can use some art.  Make unique garden markers, art or a whimsical garden sign.

Have skills?  Make your own gift certificate to build a garden fence, promissory notes for garden labor hours, or to preserve some of their harvest.

If you are a gardener, do you agree with the list above?  If so, you can share with friends and family.  Or, add an idea or comment below!