Got a gardener on your Christmas gift list? We have ideas. Gardening
Christmas is coming and it’s time to buy these presents. If there’s a gardener on your gift list, consider a gardening gift.
There are all kinds of gift ideas for a gardener and the price range varies as well.
A subscription to a garden magazine may be just the idea that your gardener will enjoy throughout the year. Look for those posted in Florida or at least the Southeast.
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You might consider a horticultural book. There are many to choose from, including those written by local authors. Check with your favorite bookstore to see if it has a section on local writers.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF / IFAS) Extension Bookstore has many books, posters, DVDs, and more for sale. The Edible Wild Plants of Florida is a 154 page book, fully illustrated with photos and drawings to aid in the identification of many edible plants of Florida. It includes a cookbook section with recipes and an important chapter on what not to eat.
The popular Your Florida Landscape: A Complete Guide to Planting and Maintenance is a 234-page book filled with information on landscape plants, common pests, and beneficial insects. View and order articles online on this site. http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu While you’re at it, check out the section on “Books for $ 1”, “Logo Products” and “Pollinators and Native Plants”.
What about a gift certificate for a botanical garden like Bellingrath Gardens or Callaway Gardens?
You could make a gift basket. Be creative. Place small gardening tools such as hand pruners, garden trowel, gardening gloves, seed bags, seed catalogs, or other similar items in a five gallon basket or bucket (always handy for gardeners). Seal with colored cellophane paper, tie with ribbon and voila – a nice gift.
There are more expensive items such as garden carts, benches, or decorative garden art for the landscape. What about a birdhouse, bat box, birdbath or bird feeder? You might be looking for a unique gift such as a mushroom kit that has everything you need to grow fresh edible mushrooms. A decorative springboard, an outdoor thermometer, a pack of weatherproof plant labels or an insect vacuum could be the gift of choice. Haven’t heard of the insect vacuum cleaner? I have one. It was a gift. It is used to suck small insects from houseplants or to take insect samples.
Oh, and I didn’t mention the gift plants. Your imagination is the limit when choosing a gift for a gardener. Your gift can be expensive, inexpensive, handmade, store bought… I’ve been told that it’s the thought that counts.
This article originally appeared on Northwest Florida Daily News: Gift Ideas for Gardeners: Botanical Garden Tour, Potted Herbs, More