Gift Ideas for Gardeners
Five recommendations for even the pickiest planter
Need gift ideas for your favorite gardener? Here are just a few, based on recommendations from friends, colleagues and garden bloggers.
• Books: Many gardeners enjoy books about gardening design, how-tos and even poetry and prose. One idea is Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned From 60 Years of Gardening by writer and rural historian Jerry Apps, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. (wisconsinhistory.org)
• Tools: Every gardener has a favorite tool, but most will appreciate a high-quality trowel or a hori-hori (soil knife). The A.M. Leonard stainless steel soil knife is a great deal and an excellent tool for dividing plants, digging weeds, cutting twine and much more. (amleo.com, search for “soil knife”)
• Bird feeders: Healthy gardens usually have feathered visitors, and gardeners tend to enjoy feeding them. Many feeders are even works of art. Check out the Perky-Pet red antique bottle glass hummingbird feeder. (birdfeeders.com, model #8109-2)
• Magazine subscriptions: Winter is long here in Wisconsin, giving us plenty of time to plan for next season’s garden. How about a subscription to Organic Gardening (organicgardening.com) or Horticulture: The Art & Science of Smart Gardening (hortmag.com)?
• Gift cards and certificates: There are too many reputable garden centers in the Madison area to list them all here. If you know your gardener’s favorite place to shop, that’s a good bet. But most are happy simply to have funds specifically designated for shopping at any garden center.
Beth Stetenfeld is a McFarland-based editor, writer, master naturalist and creator of the gardening blog PlantPostings.com.