Modified from www.emmitsburg.net/gardens

Shirley Lindsey
Adams County Master Gardener

Many gardeners use the cold winter months to dream and plan a bout our gardens next summer. If you have a gardener on your Christmas list, ask for hints on ideas of gardening gifts they would like. Check out the list below for some great inspiration:

Tools: Does the person you are shopping for have by-pass clippers? They are preferred over the type that clamp together, sometimes bruising the stem being cut. Any kind of tool is always appreciated. Another great tool is a lawn rake where the tines collapse to make a very narrow rake; you can get in between your plants with one of these. 

Garden Decorations: How about a sun-dial or other garden ornament? Maybe the gardener would like a trellis, bird-house, bird bath, some comfortable lawn furniture, or even a water garden.

Cozy Necessities: Good gardening gloves are an absolute must for any serious gardener! Any rough work like pruning roses can be made easier with gloves that have a heavy cuff that goes almost to the elbow. Or maybe your loved one would enjoy garden shoes that slip on easily and can be hosed off when dirty. Other popular and useful items are those foam kneeling pads or knee pads; they make the gardening hours much more comfortable.

Tool Caddy: There are many different styles of tool organizers that make great gifts for gardeners. Whether cloth or hard plastic, tool caddies make gardening an easier task.

Containers: Those who have very little space really appreciate growing plants in containers. Terra cotta or ceramic pots, hanging baskets, window boxes or seedling trays are some great container ideas.

Garden Calendar: I have sat at my desk during 1997 and enjoyed a beautiful calendar that I received last year. Each month the flower pictures seem more attractive. Many of these garden calendars also have suggestions for what needs to be done in the garden each month of the year.

Plants: Of course we can’t plant flowers in the garden at this time of year, but you can order from the nursery catalogs and they will send the plant at the appropriate planting time. Last year I gave my friend a plant. Having ordered the plant to be sent to her, I just cut out the picture from the catalog and enclosed it in a card. She was thrilled. If you are on a budget, you might want to send a picture of one of your favorite perennials in your own garden. Then scoop up the plant, or division, or cutting, and deliver it at the right time for planting.

Subscriptions: One way to give a gift so the receiver will think of you with each issue, is to give a subscription to a magazine. Most gardeners enjoy magazines about gardening or attracting birds, butterflies, or other wildlife to our gardens.

Gift Certificates: You can obtain gift certificates at any nursery or store that sells gardening supplies. Then the recipient can go and pick out whatever he or she needs. It’s such fun to into a store and know that you have the equivalent of money that just must be spent.

Another type of gift certificate is a “promise” type. Can you take your gardener friend to Longwood Gardens or some other lovely public garden in 1998? That would be something us garden lovers would look forward to with excitement!

Whatever you decide to put on your Christmas list, if those special people happen to love gardening, look over the suggestions above and see if you find anything that might appeal to them. Gardening is not just for summer.

Merry Christmas shopping!

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