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2013 Gift Guide for Gardeners
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Gardeners are a special breed—as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, they think weeds are plants whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Here we present treasures to make their thumbs even greener.
By the Editors of Traditional Home
Produced by Lucy Fitzgerald and Julianne Hilmes
This very English-style Garden Apron, $59.95, from Red Envelope, comes in suede, with plenty of pockets for tools. It’s finished in stylish antiqued-brass finished hardware. And it can be personalized with the recipient’s initials.
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For Potter Fans (Beatrix, that is)
Few tales are more loved than that of Peter Rabbit. Gardeners and children’s literature lovers alike will enjoy finding out how author Beatrix Potter came to love gardening, and how this love is reflected in her work. In Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales, the reader follows the author through a year in her garden in England’s Lake District, with a season-by-season overview. Written by Marta McDowell and published by Timber Press, $16.
Tiny Indoor Ecosystems
Terrariums—those tiny indoor ecosystems you may remember from the ’70s, are making a comeback. The Basic Plant Kit by Matthew Klyn, owner and founder of the popular shop GARDEN in Atlanta, features plants such as maidenhair fern and African violet, depending on seasonability, starting at $15.
Get a Grip!
The GrizzlyGrip, $24.99, is a set of two grips that attach to square wheelbarrow handles and create a secure hold for transporting long-handled tools, like shovels and weed trimmers, around the garden. No tools are needed to attach it, and included is a mesh bag, which holds smaller items, like water bottles and phones.
Our garden editor loves this dramatically illustrated tour—riverfront meadows, craggy hills—of the landscape bordering the Hudson River. Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley by Jane Garmey, with photographs by John M. Hall, newly published by Monacelli Press, $40, makes a great coffee table book.
Throw Down the Gauntlet
Both classic and practical, these fitted gauntlet-style Gardening Gloves in soft brown suede with garden green cuffs can be personalized with initials, $14.00 from Red Envelope.
Your favorite gardener will appreciate the textures and colors of this 14-inch wreath, $89.99. Fashioned from succulents attached to a moss-filled frame, it can be displayed outdoors in warm weather and full sun only, and indoors any time.
For Your Bud
This beautiful Bocce Bud Vase by Tracy Glover, signed on the bottom, provides the ideal way for gardeners to display their favorite blooms. Ribbons of glass in the blown art-glass vessel shimmer in the light, $190, from Artful Home.
Stylish Eco Tool Set
This durable and roomy gardening tool tote comes with three stainless steel tools with comfort grip handles and has plenty of room for supplies, beverages and snacks, $39 by Picnic at Ascot, from Wayfair.
For the Birds
It’s especially fun to watch birds flock to this Textured Bird Feeder in a metallic bronze finish, because it has two openings they hop right through, sometimes hanging out awhile on the twig perch inside. Designed by Cheryl Wolff, $60, from Artful Home.