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Gifts for the Gardener

This article was originally published on November 18, 2013 and expired on December 25, 2013. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

Are you searching for the "perfect" gift for a gardener in your family? Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, provides the following ideas that might prove helpful.

Ferree says that gardeners always love gift plants and flowers. Since gardeners tend to be choosy about the type of plants they grow, get them a gift certificate to their favorite nursery or garden center.

"We are always looking for new ideas in the garden," says Ferree. Help inspire your gardener with a magazine subscription or gardening book. You could also take this a step further and purchase a garden design consultation with a landscape company.

Another great way to inspire a gardener is to give them a trip to a botanical garden or arboretum. Ferree points out many options that are available in central Illinois, including Luthy Botanical Garden in Peoria and Illinois Central College display gardens in East Peoria. For a full day of garden fun, schedule a family visit to the Chicago or St. Louis Botanical Gardens.

For gardeners who love jewelry, fun garden-themed jewelry is a great gift. Pins shaped like a garden rake or shovel or flower necklaces are good ideas for women. For the male gardener, purchase a bird feeder, chimes, or other garden accessory.

Ferree thinks that a garden-themed game would make a great indoor family activity. Garden photos come to life while building a jigsaw puzzle. There are computer matching games for gardeners such as Farmer's Market and Botanical Match. The Gardening edition of Scrabble adds a growing twist to a favorite board game. In Garden-opoly, players buy garden favorites, collect clay pots, and avoid aphid infestations.

For the garden geek, consider a techy garden gift. Smartphone users would love new apps such as the Audubon field guides, Dirr's Tree and Shrub finder, Weed ID guides, and more.

For the indoor gardener, there are many options as well. A table top terrarium is a lovely way to grow and enjoy an indoor garden. Grow food indoors using a self-contained, lighted hydroponic system such as an Aerogarden.

Finally, what would be better than giving your favorite gardener some help with a homemade certificate to be their "landscaper for a day?"

Happy shopping! Oh, and if you are the gardener, cut out this article and leave it in an obvious spot for your loved one to see and get the hint!

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event listed in this news release, contact your local Extension office.

Source: Rhonda J. Ferree, Extension Educator, Horticulture, ferreer@illinois.edu

Pull date: December 25, 2013

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