Gardening with Laurie: Christmas gifts for the gardener

Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:13 a.m.

Here we are, less than two weeks away from Christmas. Just drive by any of the discount box stores or the mall, if you need any proof that this is the busiest gift-giving time of the year. Customers are out in force looking for just the right gift for each person on their list.

Many times, gifts are chosen just for a specific person's desires or needs and then, many times a gift is simply chosen just because it's something to give.

Maybe you've received such a gift. You try to be gracious when you open it, all the while thinking to yourself, "What in the world am I suppose to do with this?"

Gift giving for any occasion can be very easy if you are buying for people that enjoy gardening. There is always something a gardener can use that he or she doesn't have.

And the best thing about shopping for gardeners is that you don't have to go anywhere near the mall or even one of the discount box stores. Almost anything you could want can be found at your local garden centers, hardware stores or even feed stores.

If you're a practical shopper and there's a gardener on your list, here are some practical gift suggestions for you. One thing all gardeners use at one time or another are fertilizers. A bag or two of fertilizer is about as practical as you can get, unless you were to get a bag or two of compost. Hey, I said these were practical gift ideas.

If these suggestions are a bit too practical for you how about these ideas: garden gloves, gardening hat, hand tools, gardening books or a watering can. I knew one gardener that would plant his sister's flowerbed with blooming pansies every year for her Christmas gift. Maybe you have someone on your list that could use some winter color plants planted in their yard. Or what about a basket of herb plants for the gardener that also enjoys cooking.

Gardeners are usually interested in all things related to gardening such as bird baths, bird feeders, garden statuary, garden flags and wind chimes.

After a long day of working in the garden, what gardener wouldn't want to sit back in a comfortable outdoor lounge chair or maybe a hammock?

If you are a gardener and are blessed with grandchildren, maybe this could be a good time to help encourage that youngster to discover the wonderful world of gardening and nature. A young child could have lots of fun gardening with their grandparent and their own set of child-size gardening tools.

The only thing that has to be added to this gift would be your time. What better gift could you give a child, than the gift of gardening. A gift that would literally last them a lifetime.

If all else fails, there's always gift cards that would let the gardener pick a gift of there choice.

Until next time, let's try to garden with nature, not against it, and maybe all our weeds will become wildflowers.

Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner. Send your gardening questions to or in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.



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