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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Gardeners

There are only a few days left until Christmas and I thought I’d share some of my top choices for gifts for gardeners.  If budget is not a concern I would give a subscription to BBC Gardens Illustrated.   Published in the UK this magazine inspires me with its photography of gardens and the stories written by gardeners and plantsmen. (women too) For subscription enquiries and back issues you can email them at gardensillustrated@servicehelpline.co.uk but they do have a North American office in Palm Coast, FL too.  If you’re lucky you can get a discount rate of $75.00 for one year.  If you want to check out the the current issue, it has a picture of a beautiful winter-flowering clematis on the cover and the heading ”A bright Christmas.” You can probably pick up a copy at your local big bookstore.  I am enjoying an early Christmas present – a gift from my husband, a garden helper for the day.  I am especially appreciative since this means I will get all my spring bulbs in the ground before Christmas.  (This is not a practice I recommend but sometimes you run out of time and I love daffodils; so maybe I ordered a few too many.)  But the gift of help in your garden is one that promises to please whether your loved one takes advantage of this gift now or in the spring.  Other gifts to make the gardener in your life smile include a pair of Felco pruners, (I have several) and a gift certificate to either a favorite local garden center or a mail order source like Plant Delights Nursery  www.plantdelights.com in Raliegh, NC.  Even if you don’t order any of his wild and wonderful plants you will want to read what owner Tony Avent has to say about plants.   There other nurseries to consider too like Joy Creek Nursery in Oregon (great selection of clematis).  And, one more idea- purchase a ticket to a gardening symposium coming to your region this winter.  The ticket is for the gardener, then you can stay home and watch the dog or the kids or both. 

Whatever you decide have a joyous holiday and a happy, healthy New Year.

Natchez Crapemyrtles in December

5 Responses to “Last Minute Gift Ideas for Gardeners”

  1. ruth clausen says:

    Erica,

    all the best for Christmas and for 2011. hope to see you then
    best
    Ruth

  2. Dianne Oswald says:

    Merry Christmas to you all, too!

    Dianne

  3. Ann & Bill Brimm says:

    Erica,

    May this Christmas be filled with blessings for you and your family. Before you know it spring will be here. Happy new year!!

    From Murfreesboro TN

    The Brimms:>)

  4. janet krikston says:

    Hope your Christmas was wonderful. Just to let you know that I have been receiving Gardens Illustrated for a couple of years now and find it to be a wonderful magazine with every issue. Also recommend Gardener’s World which has detailed articles on so many different plants and styles of gardening. Happy New year!

  5. Kathleen says:

    Great ideas. Someone gave me the gift of a one year subscription to Gardens Illustrated in 2009. I loved every issue I received but unfortunately I seemed to miss about every other issue. It was frustrating. Maybe I will try again and see if the results are different.
    Happy New Year!!

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