The Environmental Gardener: A few holiday gift suggestions for gardeners

With Christmas and Hanukkah just all-around the corner, our Environmental Gardener columnists Greg Levine and Erica Glasener collaborated on this reward tutorial for gardeners.


Bluestone Perennials

We both of those find that as we get more mature it can be complicated to obtain gifts for buddies and relatives who do not truly need to have something. But for our good friends that are gardeners or enthusiasts of plants, we have a selection of gift suggestions. 

A Living Current

Erica’s Select:  It’s difficult to go mistaken with a living arrangement in a attractive ornamental pot, whether or not it’s a easy phalaenopsis orchid for indoors (just about foolproof), or a container yard for the patio with winter season blooms. Consider together with violas, snapdragons, and herbs like parsley or rosemary. 

Greg’s Decide: A garden’s caregiver is aware the niches that will need filling and which plants would be the finest to do it. I genuinely love thumbing by means of a plant catalog (normally buying far too lots of vegetation), so my 1st recommendation is a present certificate from a single of the quite a few mail-get plant nurseries. I have constantly experienced terrific luck with Bluestone Perennials.  They have a excellent selection of strong, strange crops that arrive in compostable pots, a great further for character fans.

A Book

Erica’s Picks: It’s challenging to select just a person book, but I even now refer to my copy of “Manual of Woody Landscape Crops: Their Identification, Ornamental Traits, Culture, Propagation and Uses” by Michael A. Dirr on a typical basis. This comprehensive reference has lengthy been a most loved of keen gardeners and was the textbook for numerous that researched horticulture in college. 

Greg’s Pick: “The Complete Guidebook to Gardeners – The Plant Obsessed and How to Offer with Them” by Joseph Tychonievich is a light and humorous examine with stick figure illustrations by the writer.  A fellow gardening mate acquired me this ebook several years back and it is 100 web pages of laughter that I have browse numerous periods. It can make exciting of the healthiest dependancy in the environment, gardening.  

Pruners

Erica’s Picks: My favored resource is my pair of Felco #2 hand pruners. I don’t have any affiliation with the organization, but I would be pleased to be spokesperson for these bypass pruners which are sharp and worthy of the price (almost certainly all-around $50 these times)

Greg’s Select: Erica and I do not always agree, and this is one particular of individuals periods. I uncovered Osaka pruners when I was lucky more than enough to go to the Chelsea Flower Present, wherever I obtained to take care of about a 50 % dozen of the greatest pruners on the market place. This was my favourite the design and style is outstanding. The lock is effortless to open up and shut, and the pruners reduce as if you had been heading by means of product, not wood. They price tag a little bit extra than your typical pruner, about $65, but I guarantee it is really worth it.

A Trees Atlanta Holiday Tree Greeting

Our Last Picks 

Erica’s Choose: For the specific gardener, think about a reward certification to your neighborhood backyard garden centre or a backyard consultation with a backyard style and design company. 

Greg’s Pick: A membership to the Atlanta Background Heart Backyard garden or the Atlanta Botanical Garden will help get your gardener out of their backyard garden. This can help aid community gardens and their missions to make a greener environment. 

From Equally: A gift for the gardener with no more space or lawn to plant in is Trees Atlanta’s Holiday break Tree Greeting. A $25 donation to Trees Atlanta supports tree planting, and a regionally intended card is sent to your good friend or loved one particular.  All of these nonprofits have a myriad of distinctive and crucial academic chances that your membership or donation allows to assistance.