Gifts For Gardeners

December 13, 2008|By Susan Reimer | Susan Reimer,susan.reimer@baltsun.com

The gardener on your holiday gift list might be the easiest person to shop for. That's because a gardener will be pleased with any purchase that he can use in the garden - and any gift for the home that reminds him of being in the garden.

Garden centers, specialty shops and catalogs have taken the hint. There might be more "toys" for gardeners than there are for the average 10-year-old. Everything from china tea sets that look like they have been made from bark to miniature trees that actually have been made from bark.

We did some shopping for you, and here are our gift suggestions for your favorite gardener.

Twig candelabra For the gardener who also likes to entertain, we recommend this silver candle holder inspired by willowy tree branches. It holds 12 tapers, not included. $129. Smith & Hawken, smithandhawken.com, 800-981-9888.

Mosaic globes These solar-powered globes bring dazzle to the garden year round. The purple, green and gold glass sparkles during the day and comes to life again after dark for six to eight hours. $24.99 each. Gardener's Supply Co., gardeners.com, 800-427-3363.

Master Gardener Handbook For the gardener who would be master of all he surveys, give this gardening guide, produced by the Central Maryland Research and Education Center for Maryland's Master Gardener Program. At more than 650 pages, it covers all the hows and whys of horticulture in this region, with emphasis on diagnosing and solving plant problems. $69 (credit cards not accepted). Find the mail order form at mastergardener.umd.edu/handbook.cfm or call Robin Hessey at 410-531-1754.

Animal watering cans For the gardener who enjoys a touch of whimsy, give a whimsical watering can. Choose from a pig, a cow, a rooster, a flamingo or a toucan, made of painted tin. $32. Lynne's, 817 W. 36th St., Hampden, 410-467-1613.

Flower bangles These bracelets invoke vintage charm for the charming gardener in your life. $48. Anthropologie, Annapolis Town Center, 1910 Town Centre Blvd., Annapolis, 410-224-3248

Tea set Warm up the gardener on your gift list with a tea set created to resemble bark, with twig handles and saucers and plates that look as if they have been sliced from a tree-trunk. Teapot $62, cup and saucer $32, dessert plates $32. Red Tree, 921 W. 36th St., Hampden, 410-366-3456.

Birch bark tree Barking up the wrong tree? Not with this gift. The table-top decoration is made of birch bark and is available in various sizes. From $39.50-$65. Watermelon Sugar, 3555 Chestnut Ave., Hampden, 410-662-9090; Viva Terra, vivaterra.com, 800-233-6011.

Calendar Mark the time until spring by gazing at the prints featured in this Cavallini calendar. They originally were in The Compleat Florist (London, 1747). $21.95. Watermelon Sugar, 3555 Chestnut Ave., Hampden, 410-662-9090.

Wreath bird feeder This rustic vine wreath, made of wire and clay leaves and berries, also serves to feed the birds that winter over in the garden. Five "nests" hold suet balls (sold separately) in winter or fruit in the spring. Made by a Honduran cooperative that promotes sustainable rural development. $34.95. Gardener's Supply Co., gardeners.com, 800-427-3363.

Wind gong Artist and musician Gary Kvistad, founder of Woodstock Wind Chimes, created this precision-tuned gong to produce a rich, deep sound. Even when the chimes are silent, the graceful ash accents and the 10-inch bronze disk have a soothing effect. $69.95. Homestead Gardens, Route 214, Davidsonville, 410-798-5000; Wind & Weather, windandweather.com, 800-922-9463.

Cactus garden A cactus and succulent garden makes for a prickly present. Various sizes and prices. $14.99 for the garden pictured. Homestead Gardens, Route 214, Davidsonville, 410-798-5000.

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