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Gift Ideas for Gardeners 2009
Give gardeners items that they can use throughout the year. Here are some ideas.
A great place to start is some outdoor art for gardens. Artefx Outdoor Canvass art is UV resistant, waterproof, and won’t fade. The canvas is attached to weatherproof stretcher bars. There are designs to suit every taste. Some feature specific plants and flowers, such as plumeria and sunflowers.
Add some fun to gardening with richly colored wire trellises, plant supports, folding wire fences, and other similar items. The plain galvanized wire tomato cage is a thing of the past. These come in vivid shades with choices including red, orange, yellow, and fuchsia. The Glamos brand includes colorful square corner cages as well as traditional round tomato cages. They also make brightly colored hangers for hanging baskets. In addition, they also have brightly colored wire trellises in a variety of sizes for pots and gardens. Besides traditional trellises, they also offer fanciful shapes, such as a garden girl and garden boy.
Watering aids are now colorful as well. For those gardeners who still use sprinklers, get a colorful Dramm oscillating sprinkler. These come in an array of vivid shades, including gorgeous purple.
Who says a watering can has to be plain? There are some beautiful watering cans now that would make great gardening gifts. Some are brightly painted. The New York Botanical Garden gift shop has the William Morris watering can. With a five quart capacity, this can is covered with a William Morris fabric design called Cray. This chintz, which he designed in 1884, depicts flowers.
For gardeners who have indoor plants and container gardens, buy a set of the colorful plant bulbs. These colorful watering aids are available in four different colors. They resemble miniature gazing balls with long stems. The bulbs are quick and easy to fill with water. Just fill the bulbs, and insert the stem into the potting soil. These offer a colorful, attractive, and convenient way to water potted plants, especially when gardeners are on vacation or out of town.
A high quality pair of garden gloves makes a welcome gift. My favorites are the Mud Gloves. You can choose from various styles, including the original Mud Glove. These are available in several sizes.
For gardeners who like jigsaw puzzles, consider puzzles with garden themes. The Scramble Squares are small puzzles that present puzzle lovers with a challenge. The garden themes include tulips, pansies, and the American native flowers just to name a few.
A set of the Soji Solar Lanterns would make a good holiday gift. There are four different styles in a range of colors. These have LED lights that illuminate for six hours each night. They look very beautiful hung in trees. Requiring no maintenance, these have no wires and are easy to install.
There are many useful tools and gardening aids that make great gifts. Examples include the Radius Garden Gator Grabber. This is perfect for gardeners who find it hard to bend and stoop. To pick something up, just open the jaws and grab the leaves, clippings or other material.
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