15 Holiday Gifts for the Gardener

Gifts

Cary, NC — So, you want to give your really great gardener friend a gift?

It’s easy if you are a gardener yourself, because you think alike! If you don’t consider yourself as having much of a green thumb, though, no problem. Here are some great ideas for you and ones I think most any gardener would like.

Gifts for the Gardener

In this part of the country, we are so lucky to experience all four seasons which, in turn, offer lots of gardening gift options. When the weather becomes cold, there may not be as much to do outside, but you can get some great planning done for the coming growing season.

Books and seed catalogs are great sources for next year’s plans. You can also give plants from your own garden as gifts, and it’s also the perfect time to transplant trees, shrubs and many perennials – this is one of my most favorite gifts. It is so nice to look out in your yard and see a plant that reminds you of the person who gave it to you. Great memories!

Holiday List

Whether you give your friends plants or gardening accessories, the list below contains some great ideas that will surely make any gardener smile.

  • Orchids and poinsettias
  • Succulents and indoor plants to keep them company in the winter
Succulents at Garden Supply.

Succulents at Garden Supply.

  • A subscription to garden magazines
  • Yard art
Yard art and decorations at Garden Supply Co.

Yard art and decorations at Garden Supply Co.

  • A gift card to have your gardening tools sharpened
  • Good garden shears and tools
New gardening tools are always appreciated.

New gardening tools are always appreciated.

  • Fire-less candles
  • One-hour garden design consults from your local nursery
  • Classes at JC Raulston Arboretum or any local nursery
Classes at JC Raulston Arboretum make great gifts.

Classes at JC Raulston Arboretum make great gifts.

  • Locally-made food items from the NC State Farmers Market
  • Local honey
You can find honey and beekeeping supplies at Garden Supply Co.

You can find honey and beekeeping supplies at Garden Supply Co.

  • Garden gloves (email the Wake County Extension Gardener for great gloves)
  • Bird houses and bird food (you can help the bluebird population in NC)
  • Ornaments representing nature
  • Books like the Carolinas Getting Started Garden Guide by Toby Bost
A great new book for gardeners.

A great new book for gardeners.

Mel’s Tip of the Month

Prune, prune and prune all shrubs that do not flower!

Flowering shrubs should only be pruned right after they flower. Include your roses about two feet from the ground, and cover the bed with mulch.

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Melody Hughes is a North Carolina State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and a real estate agent at Dunlap Lilley Properties, Inc. Photos from Garden Supply and JCRA.

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CaryCitizen is sponsored in-part by Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Road in Cary.

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