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Top 10 Gifts for Gardeners


Shopping for gifts for gardeners is easy. Garden tools alone could keep you in gift ideas for years. Then there's garden totes, gardening boots, garden books... Here are a few more suggestions to get you thinking. If you want to drop a hint or two of your own, share what you'd put on your gardening wish list.

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1. Garden Books

Books About Gardening
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My first go to idea for gifts is always book and gardening books are not just fonts of inspiration, they are absolutely necessary resources. I've listed some classics that have been treasured for years, as well as suggestions from readers.

2. Woodstock Wind Chimes

Wind Chimes for Sound in the Garden
Photo: © Marie Iannotti
I have a soft spot for sound in the garden and a really beautiful wind chime reminds you to take notice of the change in the weather. Woodstock chimes are part of a line by instrument designer Garry Kvistad.  There are several tones to choose from (I have Blue Note) and many sizes. You can even visit their website and listen to the available tones.
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3. Square Glass Vase

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Some gardeners have a hard time cutting flowers to bring indoors and others fill every room with bouquets. Either way, the vase should be worthy of the blooms - whether they're from the backyard or the store. Here's an assortment of clear glass square vases that could be filled with just about anything.

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4. Transplant Spade

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I always think I don't need any more tools and then something really useful catches my eye. When their garden is full to the brim and they need to dig a hole with as little disturbance as possible, they will thank you for this transplant spade. The plastic coated steel handle is  sturdy, but not overly heavy. The narrow blade (7.3 in. x 12 in.) is made of carbon steel. The blade curves inward, for easier slicing, and it makes a nice tubular hole for squeezing in new plants or lifting out a division.

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5. Vine Tuteur

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Vines give gardens another dimension, but they need something to scamper up. We could use bamboo poles, string or another plant, but tuteurs look good even before the vine fills in. And when it does, this powder-coated steel model is strong enough to hold it. This is a 5 ft. version from gardener's supply Company. They also offer a 7 ft. model, for over achiever vines.

6. Windowsill Herb Holder

Windowsill Herb Holder

I still love this herb keeper. It's small enough to keep on the counter, so it's handy while you're cooking. Plus is keeps your herbs fresh, in water. They may even root for you!

The holder is oiled acacia wood and measures 13 inches wide by 4 inches high. It comes with 3 tulip-shaped vases that are 3 1/4 inches in diameter and 4 ½ inches high. It also doubles as a vase. I'm sure any gardener would find multiple uses for it.

7. Garden Kneeler Seat, by Yard Butler

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Let's face it, gardening is tough on a body, especially the knees and the back. This clever device has been around for several years and I'm starting to see more and more people using it. Whether you have to work kneeling down or bending over, The Garden Kneeler will ease the wear and tear on your joints. It folds flat, which makes it easy to store and to tote around. A pull on the legs opens it and it snaps in place, so you know it's locked.
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8. Vertical Garden

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Even if you're not out of ground space for gardening, there's a certain intrigue in a vertical wall garden. This is a modular system. each 14 x 14 in. square has spots for 15 plants. You can hang one module or cover an entire wall.

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9. Landscaper's Wagon

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You know how nice it is when you're shopping at a nursery and the cart is roomy and maneuverable? When you have to move a lot of plants or heavy bags, this all terrain wagon comes in very hand. What I really like about it is that the sides fold down, so you can grab things any which way. The 8" pneumatic tires can bounce across just about any yard. Another nice feature is the bed liner, that lets you cart loose materials without them falling through. It is supposed to carry up to 550 pounds, but I have  not tested it.


10. Snap & Grow Greenhouse

Greenhouse Kit
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Having a greenhouse is most gardeners' dream. It's also a huge investment of money and time, so make sure your gardener wants one before you surprise them with one. I like this Snap and Grow model because, at 8 ft. x 8 ft., it's gives you a good amount of growing room (64 sq. ft.), but it won't cost and arm and a leg to heat.

The frame is a sturdy, low maintenance aluminum that snaps together. The polycarbonate walls are clear, 100% UV protected and unbreakable. It comes with a roof vent, which like the window and door, comes preassembled. It's also expandable. Palram Snap & Grow Greenhouse Model 701647 701647.

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