Guest Author - Susan Taylor
Are you still looking for gifts for that orchid grower? Here are some recommended websites where you can get gift certificates:
Carter and Holmes
First Ray’s Orchids
Oak Hill Gardens
Parkside Orchids Nursery
Tropical Orchid Farm
Another idea is to give your orchid lover the gift of a year’s membership to The American Orchid Society (AOS) which comes with a subscription to their wonderful monthly magazine Orchids. Your gift will be appreciated each time the magazine arrives! The AOS also has a recommended selection of books on their website. If you order through them, they get a rebate from Amazon.com so you are supporting the organization at the same time. Their AOS calendar for 2009 is really spectacular. It celebrates in photography the best grown plants shown during the year as evidenced by their winning Certificates of Cultural Excellence (CCE).
Horchow has rather a nice variety of orchid related gifts to chose from for online shopping.
One of the best new books for orchid grower is The Marie Selby Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera . This dictionary is one of the most comprehensive to date and lists approximately 3,800 names. A must for the serious grower. To see an expanded listing of books see Balough International carries a great selection of new and used books for you to browse.
A new item I found recently is the Portable Potter from The Orchid Doctor. This useful portable transplanting tray can be used for orchids and all other plant potting and transplanting needs and provides a really easy way to keep potting messes at a minimum.
For the outdoor gardener there is a new item, the illuminated pot which will turn your outdoor planting areas into a fairly land at night. Each pot will shine in a rainbow of colors and they come with a remote control for easy display.
I found Floral Swirls last year and they are still one of my favorite items. These supports for inflorescences work tremendously well and provide a really pretty alternative to traditional bamboo or other stakes. They are decorative and come in gold or silver with a choice of faux jewels to match your décor.