A gardener goes through withdrawal as winter sets in but a well-chosen gardening gift can help regain their passion until the catalogs arrive.. So once again, it’s been a distinct pleasure to gather candidates throughout the year and select ten for your careful consideration. According to Florence Rodale in this year’s June/July issue of Organic Gardening, the Diamond Hoe ($76.75) is “an amazing tool made by Sneeboer, which cuts my weeding time in half”. This beautiful-to-behold Dutch import of hand-forged stainless steel has sharpened blades on all four sides. gardentoolcompany.com
I’ve seen a lot of trowels in my life but none I would have declared a work of art; until now. The Fisher Blacksmithing Large Trowel ($52.00) is handcrafted by a Montanan blacksmith utilizing traditional tools and techniques. The hand-forged metal is set into a distinctive walnut handle to create a truly distinctive gift. fisherblacksmithing.com
Want a functional gift that can add to the overall aesthetics of your garden? Handcrafted in the USA, the World’s Coolest Rain Gauge (Starting at $44.95) is made entirely of solid copper, steel and blue polycarbonate tubing. As water flows into the copper collection flute, the blue measurement tube rises to show the water accumulation. worldscoolestrainguage.com.
Since I was a child, I’ve been amazed at the gift from our Maker contained within a single seed. And I can think of no better presentation for passing along these gifts than the Hudson Valley Seed Library Art Packs. ($3.75) “Plant the Seeds, Frame The Art” is their tag line and each heirloom variety is in a packet designed by a contemporary artist. seedlibrary.org
The Orange Paisley Gloves with Arm Saver ($29.50) have to be the most fashionable garden accessory you will find for the lady gardener in your life. Features include a leather palm and sleeves that cinch around the elbow for scratch, insect bite and sun protection. womanswork.com
Another help-a-sista company, Green Heron Tools, is proud to offer the HERS Shovel-Spade ($57.99). Every feature is based on a woman’s body and her digging and soveling styles. Three handle lengths are available based on the height of the gardener. greenherontools.com
While we’re still in the tool shed, Corona Tools USA is introducing its Convertible Forged Pruner/Lopper ($38.00). The innovative handles flip out to convert the ease of a pruner into the power of a lopper. Left or right handled activation is accomplished with a centered lock. coronatoolsusa.com
Don’t you admire hanging baskets so full of plants, they appear as a round ball of energy? Well to consistently create such an effect rely on the Pamela Crawford Side-Planted Basket ($24.95) The baskets are heavy-gauge steel, hand welded with a heavy plastic coating. The coco-fiber liners are fashioned with eight pre-cut holes for side plants. kinsmangarden.com
Also from Pamela Crawford is the book Easy Container Combos: Herbs and Flowers ($17.95). Declared by a reviewer as “the goddess of container gardening”, Crawford trialed many varieties and combinations in her pursuit to find those best suited to container culture. Also see her Easy Container Combos: Vegetables and Flowers ($7.98) where she trialed over 1,750 plants to find some killer combos.
Before we go, here’s one more exciting read for the winter months. In famed author Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks ($16.26), you can learn about 150 plants used for the creation of alcohol. Stewart has also been so kind as to include fifty unique drink recipes. Go to territorialseed.com for plants romanced in this engaging book.
Well as you can see, I’ve been very diligent in my role as Santa for the gardeners in your life. And I won’t think anything less of you, if you Santa-bagged some for yourself.