Best gifts to give:
Anne Marie Van Nest, horticultural editor, Canadian Gardening magazine
"The ideal practical gift—a couple pairs of West County work gloves! The women's gloves fit wonderfully well—even for someone like me who hates to wear gloves! I would love a work/gardening glove and a waterproof glove for versatility. And to make these gloves even more appealing, starting in February, three of the most popular styles—work (left), landscape and classic—will be made with a fabric that contains the equivalent of one plastic water bottle worth of recycled material!"
Stephen Westcott-Gratten, consulting editor, Canadian Gardening magazine
"For a stocking stuffer, I would want a bunch of soaps and hand creams—Crabtree & Evelyn's Gardener's Line of products (right). They're marketed several different ways, but all good quality and attractively packaged."
Deanna Dority, senior editor, Canadian Gardening magazine
"As for the best gift to give a gardener, I think a gift certificate at a quality garden centre or nursery (such as Greenland Garden Centre, Rittenhouse, Lee Valley, Sheridan Nurseries, Veseys) is ideal; that way, the gardener can choose whatever he or she needs most."
Lorraine Flanigan, consulting editor, Canadian Gardening magazine
"A compact rain barrel (great for small city gardens like mine) that rests flat against a wall would be my pick. I love this one from Fiskars (left), which is available at Canadian Tire next spring."
Shawn Gallaugher, landscape architect/designer
"I’d give a swank hat for sun shade while gardening. A Tilley hat would be perfect!"
Gayla Trail, founder, YouGrowGirl.com
"The Grobal self-watering pot (right) is the perfect gift for the beginner gardener that is still learning how much to water or for those who can't remember to water at all. Get the large pot for most average-sized houseplants."
Sonia Day, writer, painter, master gardener
"For others I suggest the same young strapping male I want for Christmas (see previous page, Best gifts to get). If he's not available, then a black and orange Fiskar's dandelion digger (left). Easy on the back, costs less than $30 and incredibly useful now that municipalities everywhere are banning herbicides. I've tried all kinds, but Fiskar's is by far the best."
The gift every gardener secretly wishes for:
Sure, they ask for gloves and gadgets, but deep down, every gardener wants something they know will help their garden grow in a big way. This gift is so popular, it was requested and suggested by almost half of our gardening panel. Click here to see the gift that's guaranteed to make any gardener on your list absolutely itchy for spring…