Garden Gear - Gardening Gifts

45 gift ideas for gardeners

Christina Selby
Photography by
Roger Yip

From fun to fabulous, practical to pampering, you'll find plenty of ideas for the gardener on your list

[1] Six spectacular lily bulbs

[2] Good garden hat that doesn't look goofy. Try Coastal Garden Hats, Kate's Garden, and Tilley Endurables for classic shapes in hardworking fabrics

[3] Hour-long consultation with a garden designer

[4] Antique garden tools and collectibles (scour junk shops, yard and farm sales and country antique stores)

[5] Jaunty assortment of big cotton bandanas (for the neck, head, back pocket)

[6] Leaf shredder

[7] Pretty floral garden apron and kneeler

[8] Gift certificate to the best local nursery

[9] Whimsical piece of garden sculpture

[10] The most comfortable lounger or hammock you can find (the most expensive isn't always the comfiest)

[11] Classic reference book: Reader's Digest A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

[12] Armload of spring flowers delivered in January

[13] Super-deluxe gardening gloves

[14] Compost tea maker from The Soil Soup Company 

[15] One-hour professional massage right after spring planting or fall cleanup

[16] Top-quality pocket pruner

[17] All-expenses-paid european garden tour (Britain-France-Italy). From $4,000; ask at botanical gardens, horticultural societies or travel agents, or visit

[18] Fresh herbs in a beautiful pot for the kitchen windowsill

[19] Antique English lead urn (not for those who faint at high prices)

[20] Bug-proof gear for spring-those hilarious-looking hats and jackets will give you the last laugh when black flies bite

[21] Assortment of real, old-fashioned bushel baskets

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