The Old Farmers Almanach
Great Gifts for Gardeners
Dec 6, 2017
Get inspired by Robin Sweetser’s backyard gardening tips. Robin has been a contributor to The Old Farmer’s Almanac and the All-Seasons Garden Guide for many years. She and her partner Tom have a small greenhouse business and also sell plants, cut flowers, and vegetables at their local Farmer’s Market.
Fairy gardens are so much fun. People love to combine tiny plants, creatures and garden tools to create their own piece of magic and beauty. Buy a few petite arbors, benches and gnomes. Place them in a unique shallow planter along with a gift certificate for tiny plants at a local garden center. Even “tweens” would love a fairy garden kit.
Tiny delights abound in the fairy garden section at garden centers. Pick a few that will instantly make a compelling scene and add a gift certificate for petite plants to be chosen by the gift recipient later.
Terra Cotta Cup of Garden Goodies
One of my favorite gifts to assemble for gardening friends is a terra cotta cup (it can be used later as a planter for succulents) filled with packets of flower seeds, a pair garden gloves and pruning shears. Substitute a hand trowel for the pruners to keep costs low. No gardener can have too many of those items. I keep an extra cup of goodies, wrapped, under my tree for old friends who stop in unexpectedly or neighbors who treat us with loads for Christmas cookies and cakes. Baking isn’t one of my strong suites during the holidays, and it’s well known!
Assemble interesting flower seed packets, garden gloves and hand trowel or pruning shears and place in a flower pot for a quick gift any gardener will love.
When I’m in the garden, I enjoy the company of our feathered songbirds. I spotted these beautiful, simple glass flower stakes that double as birdbath/birdfeeders. They would make the perfect gifts for a friend. Meanwhile, treat yourself, too. There are plenty unique gardening dreams out there!
Bottles of Infused Vinegar
Here’s another fun gift idea. Use herbs and fruits to homemade infused vinegar! The pretty bottles in the shops can be so pricey and it’s just two ingredients! See how to make infused vinegar!