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

[22] Fancy slougher and softening cream duo for gardener's hands. Try Gardeners 60-Second Fix from Crabtree & Evelyn

[23] Membership to a botanical garden or subscription to a scholarly garden journal, such as the Royal Horticultural Society's The Plantsman

[24] Really great gardening clogs

[25] An appointment with a landscape maintenance company for a big spring or fall cleanup

[26] Sturdy sweater for cool weather chores. If you're not scared of vintage, nothing beats a 1950s or 1960s curling cardigan with Canadian outdoor motifs

[27] Botanical prints, nicely framed. (Aldona's 18th-century prints came from an auction, but try flea markets, estate sales or even making your own)

[28] Wall fountain (preferably old and marble). Check architectural antiquarians (but not if four figures makes you blanch)

[29] Indoor grow light unit

[30] Glamorous, top-quality Victorian conservatory. $40,000 to sky's the limit. Or, a miniature version filled with houseplants is just as nice! For a full-sized conservatory, try: Tropical Sunrooms and Classic Wood Conservatories

[31] Zinc or lead plant markers to add a classy, stately home touch

[32] Supple, black, rubber soaker hose

[33] Garden-inspired knobs and pulls. $2.95 (shown on next page)

[34] Colourful rain barrel

[35] Hand tool sharpener

[36] The services of a professional arborist to give shrubs or trees a good pruning

[37] Pretty vegetable-based soaps

[38] Garden lighting (do-it-yourself set or installed)

[39] Gorgeous weather vane, sensational sundial or beautiful bird bath

[40] A truckload of triple mix.

[41] Fancy bath salts (or a season's worth of Epsom salts in a handsome galvanized bucket)

[42] Water timer for your hose

43] Flower-power beads

[44] Donation to a charitable relief agency ($60 buys fruit trees for an African family)

[45] A subscription to Canadian Gardening magazine.

Published May 2008

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