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Gardener's Christmas Gift Wish List

There’s an art to good present giving, but just as gardening is an art form, those of us lacking talent can also take part and earn lavish praises.


   For those of you who have gardeners on your list, I have consulted with a few local experts to offer some suggestions that could earn you the “best present giver” spot at Christmas dinner.


   One clue is to sneak in and check out the tools your gardener has. Everyone needs basics and your gardener may have clippers and pruners already. But take a look at the tools _ are they worn, chipped or, dare I imply, cheap?


   Your gardener might share the Gnome’s tendency to have a hard time spending money on herself. While she knows it is wise to buy the very best quality tool possible, handing over the dollars can be difficult. Christmas is an excellent time to step up and buy the best you can afford for your gardener.


   There’s nothing like a good pair of pruners. Also extremely handy are scissors – micro-tip scissors are on wish lists in the area.


   Tools with comfort grips are family heirlooms and always welcomed in the garden.


   My buddy Sheila is on a mission to put action hoes under every Christmas tree. She swears, and the Gnome always trusts her gardening judgment, that the action hoe is the best time- and back-pain saver she has ever own. The side flower bed that used to take her two hours to weed now only takes about 20 minutes.


   There are some scary looking tools out there that are very helpful in the garden – like a large, big grip garden knife. There are many jobs just too big for pruners and a good knife can get you through any backyard jungle.


   Composting has always been important to the garden set, and it’s becoming downright “in” these days. There are fancy kitchen compost buckets available to help gardeners store kitchen scraps without feeling self-conscious about keeping waste. There are also outdoors composting bins of nearly every shape and size.


   Along the lines of things-I-love-but-can’t-bring-myself-to-spend-the-money-on: beautiful large pots, statues and garden art.

    Watering cans you buy for yourself are usually generic, plastic or plain metal items. But, there are some very cool ones out there.  I have been lusting after a bronze can in the shape of a rooster. (It’s on page 23 of that magazine that’s on the coffee table, if someone in particular is reading. Not that I’m hinting or anything…)

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