Gardening gifts are an investment in dreams. Dreams of pretty perennials, bountiful blooms and green glades. Dreams that you will help make a reality with this gift list to recreate Eden. I personally own and use all of these items and can recommend them with confidence, even if some are affiliate links!
These are the gold standard of pruners and every gardener’s tool kit should begin with these. Perfect for pruning back tough rose canes, trimming the woody stems of pussy willows or lilac branches for arrangements and able to snip the tenderest of tulips. The Felco pruners will last a lifetime and most nurseries will resharpen them for you as well. Their classic, bright orange handles guarantee they won’t be left behind in the begonias. Take a look at the helpers in your local nursery, you’ll see the orange handles sticking out of their leather holsters as they help customers. These are the “real” gardeners tool. When my mother passed away and gifted me her car, the most treasured thing about it? Her Felco pruners left in the door pocket—ready to take a roadside clipping at a moment’s notice. Those other fancy, artsy ones? Forget it. These are the ones serious gardeners use—for a lifetime.
This handy tool is inexpensive and perfect for the wanna-be and serious gardener. It effortlessly strips the thorns off rose canes and leaves from plants so the water in flower arrangements doesn’t get all murky and stinky.
These handy bags are perfect for all those rose canes, spent flower buds and floral debris you have cut with your Felco pruners. Where to stash all that? These stand up bags will store all of that and can be easily pulled along behind you as you move about the garden—or patio. They hold a tremendous amount of clippings and last for years. Love mine!
4. Germination Station with Heat Mat
All those tempting seed packets with beautiful plants and vegetables make the gardener dream of spring. But dreams turn to dashed hopes if you don’t have the right tools to make those seeds grow. Once I started using this system for germinating and starting seeds, I had nearly 100% success. The heat mat simulates warm spring days (even if it is February in Michigan) and gets all your precious seeds to sprout and grow. It’s the secret weapon for smart gardeners who don’t want to wait weeks for the local nursery to offer seedlings. You can now grow your own!
Harsh chemicals are a thing of the past. Who wants to live in a chemical stew? And birds and butterflies won’t visit a garden doused with chemicals. This brand of insecticides and preventive sprays work wonders with your plants. Just like babies need diapering and families need feeding, your plants need protecting. This spray does it without harming the beneficial insects the birds love.
Straight from England comes this classic, gorgeous watering can you could expect to see on Downton Abbey. It’s British to the core—designed by John Haws in 1886 and made in England—and can double as a charming flower arrangement holder. (Filled with pink peonies, roses and gray artemisia will make any front door step absolutely charming). Sometimes, you don’t want to haul out the hose and just need to water a few things here and there. That’s when this watering can comes in handy. I use mine for mixing with fertilizers to give certain plants and extra boost of love and attention. The brass “rose” at the end of the spout is removable if you want more than a sprinkle. It’s lightweight yet solid metal. Gorgeous, classy and so veddy British! Mine has lasted for 20 years so far…
Whether you need to hose down a side of the house where mud splashed, wash the car, or gently sprinkle the snap dragons, this 8-way spray nozzle has you covered. Attaches to any standard hose and has a comfortable rubber grip. I use it for “power washing” the patio or gently sprinkling certain garden areas. Love it!
I confess, this is the one item on this list I never owned—but I wish I did! I’ve used a plastic, Fisher-Price toy wagon for years to haul things around. When you have a tray full of seedlings to plant (see number 4 on this list) and some bins of compost to plant them with, you’ll want a wagon to ferry it around your place. Wheel barrows tip over, wagons don’t. The other thing this wagon has that my plastic one didn’t is a mesh bottom. Hooray! No more slimy slop to clean up on the base after it rains. Best of all, the sides drop down for easy sliding and access of awkward things. Seriously usable and cool.
This is my secret weapon for tomatoes before anyone else is harvesting them. Protects plants down to 16ºF and extends your growing season by about 2 months! Keep those tender seedling plants—whether tomatoes, peppers or petunias—protected from surprise frosts with the Wall O’ Water. During the day, the water is heated up by the sun and then radiates that heat off during the cool evenings. Your plants will thank you with growth and vigor despite the chill in the air.
If you’ve ever reached into a rose or holly bush to prune it, the benefit of these gloves is immediately obvious. Those other cute gloves printed with flowers that stop at the wrist? Well they’re fine if you don’t mind your forearms shredded and bloodied by thorns. These gloves protect you from all that and are pliable enough to use your pruners. If you’re tired of hearing “OUCH!” while your gardener putters about, give them these. They’ll truly feel loved and protected. And if you ever need to bathe the cat? You might find another use for these!
Well, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity, could I? But seriously, if the gardener on your list is resistant to anything having to do with God, you might want to gift them with this book. I can’t tell you how many people have said, “My friend would never darken the door of a church, but she loved your book!” Filled with anecdotes on fragrance, tips and trials, Gardening Mercies will help any gardening enthusiast see how God is working for good in their life.