Green thumb gifts

Have a gardener on your holiday gift list? While a membership to a nearby botanical garden like the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens, or gift certificate to a local nursery is always a welcome choice, the following gifts will fit perfectly under the tree and give your favorite green thumb something to look forward to using after winter’s end.

Keep tools shining bright

A shovel might not be the easiest thing to wrap, but this Tool Maintenance Kit from White Flower Farm comes attractively packaged in a sturdy wooden box and will allow your gardener to get their tools in prime condition in time for spring. The set includes supplies for cleaning, sharpening, and conditioning tools to keep them in top condition for years to come.



Cheers to cocktail gardening

Does their favorite time in the garden start after 5 p.m.? The Grow Cocktail kit from Backyard Safari is cleverly packaged in a recycled fiber egg carton that turns into a container to grow six different herbs for flavoring drinks. Includes heirloom seeds, starter soil, wooden plant ID stakes, growing instructions and, of course, cocktail recipes. Bundle it with a copy of C.L. Fornari’s “The Cocktail Hour Garden: Creating Evening Landscapes for Relaxation and Entertaining” to ensure you’ll stay on top of their happy hour guest list.

Grow Cocktail Kit: $11.95. Available at Urban Outfitters in Athens, or online at (use code LAKEOCONEELIVING to get 30% off)

The Cocktail Hour Garden: $13.56. Available at or

No garden is too small for this shed

The folks at the National Garden Bureau “think it’s adorable” and we have to agree: This mini potting cupboard from Gardener’s Supply Company opens flat to create a petite potting station or a convenient place to store hand tools. Or use it as an outdoor desk to jot down notes in a garden journal. The cupboard can be mounted to a wall, beside a door, or installed in the garden using the metal stand, sold separately. The wood is treated with an earth-friendly preservative to help it hold up to the elements.

Cupboard: $69.99 / Stand: $29.99. Order online at

‘Bee’ pollinator-friendly

Gardeners can always use a helping hand. With a bee house for native (non-venomous) bees, gardeners can enlist some of nature’s most beneficial insects to help with the important work of pollination, vital for increasing veggie yield and a healthy ecosystem. Beeworks Kits from Crown Bees include sturdy cedar wood houses (see their website for styles including chalet or cabin), cocoons for non-aggressive bee species like leafcutter bees, an info guide, and nesting supplies to keep residents cozy in their new home.

Starting at $99.95. Order online at

Gardening garb with fashion flair

Who says gardening gear has to be drab and dowdy? ColorWear™ garden aprons from DRAMM keep clothing clean and essential gear handy, and come in a range of bright, fun colors. Sturdy pockets hold everything from hand tools to mobile phones. Thoughtful touches like extra-long tie lengths and the zippered center pocket for easy emptying make these a practical gift they can enjoy every time they garden.

ColorWear Garden Apron: $25.99. Available online and at independent garden centers.

A lighthearted read for long winter nights

The perfect book for fireside reading, “Potted and Pruned” is a collection of humorous essays that will ring true for any gardener. From an “eviction notice” for drought, to tips on using “temporary” botanical names like Forgettia when friends ask for plant IDs, this book is sure to bring a chuckle.

“Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life” by Carol Michel: $14.99 paperback/$24.99 hardcover. Available from or

-Written by Helen Newling Lawson



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