The Environmental Gardener: A few holiday gift suggestions for gardeners

Greg Stevens

With Christmas and Hanukkah just close to the corner, our Environmental Gardener columnists Greg Levine and Erica Glasener collaborated on this reward guidebook for gardeners.

Bluestone Perennials

We equally locate that as we get more mature it can be complicated to purchase presents for close friends and loved ones who do not really require nearly anything. But for our close friends that are gardeners or lovers of vegetation, we have a selection of present ideas. 

A Residing Present

Erica’s Choose:  It’s challenging to go incorrect with a dwelling arrangement in a attractive attractive pot, irrespective of whether it is a very simple phalaenopsis orchid for indoors (practically foolproof), or a container backyard for the patio with winter blooms. Try together with violas, snapdragons, and herbs like parsley or rosemary. 

Greg’s Decide on: A garden’s caregiver understands the niches that require filling and which vegetation would be the greatest to do it. I seriously enjoy thumbing as a result of a plant catalog (frequently ordering also a lot of vegetation), so my first suggestion is a gift certificate from a person of the quite a few mail-buy plant nurseries. I have normally had excellent luck with Bluestone Perennials.  They have a great selection of sturdy, uncommon crops that arrive in compostable pots, a great extra for mother nature lovers.

A Ebook

Erica’s Picks: It’s difficult to choose just a person e-book, but I continue to refer to my duplicate of “Manual of Woody Landscape Vegetation: Their Identification, Ornamental Features, Tradition, Propagation and Uses” by Michael A. Dirr on a normal foundation. This thorough reference has lengthy been a most loved of keen gardeners and was the textbook for numerous that examined horticulture in university. 

Greg’s Select: “The Total Guidebook to Gardeners – The Plant Obsessed and How to Deal with Them” by Joseph Tychonievich is a light-weight and humorous read through with adhere determine illustrations by the writer.  A fellow gardening friend acquired me this e book several years ago and it is 100 web pages of laughter that I have examine several times. It can make enjoyable of the healthiest habit in the planet, gardening.  


Erica’s Picks: My preferred instrument is my pair of Felco #2 hand pruners. I really don’t have any affiliation with the corporation, but I would be pleased to be spokesperson for these bypass pruners which are sharp and worthy of the price (likely around $50 these times)

Greg’s Decide on: Erica and I do not constantly concur, and this is just one of all those instances. I discovered Osaka pruners when I was lucky sufficient to go to the Chelsea Flower Demonstrate, exactly where I received to handle about a half dozen of the ideal pruners on the current market. This was my favorite the layout is outstanding. The lock is easy to open up and shut, and the pruners slash as if you ended up going as a result of cream, not wood. They cost a little bit more than your average pruner, about $65, but I guarantee it is value it.

A Trees Atlanta Holiday Tree Greeting

Our Very last Picks 

Erica’s Decide: For the specific gardener, take into account a reward certificate to your neighborhood back garden heart or a garden session with a back garden design and style business. 

Greg’s Decide: A membership to the Atlanta Record Middle Backyard garden or the Atlanta Botanical Back garden will assistance get your gardener out of their garden. This allows aid public gardens and their missions to make a greener earth. 

From Both: A present for the gardener with no a lot more room or yard to plant in is Trees Atlanta’s Getaway Tree Greeting. A $25 donation to Trees Atlanta supports tree planting, and a locally developed card is despatched to your pal or beloved just one.  All of these nonprofits have a myriad of exceptional and significant academic alternatives that your membership or donation helps to aid.

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