Gifts Gardeners Dig – 2011

I’m in an anti-large-chain-retail mood. It’s not even December yet and I’m already overloaded by the constant barrage of buy-me ads littering my mail (both snail and e-), the Sunday paper, and the airwaves.

Not trying to offend anyone here but … I’m repulsed by television visions of early shoppers shoving, fighting, pepper-spraying, mauling and even shooting each other to get a bargain. I suppose this would be an appropriate spot to insert a video of such antics, but why?

I don’t appreciate pre-Thanksgiving Christmas music and holiday decorations and I fail to see why intruding on Thanksgiving is worth a low-priced TV, video game, hot toy or cell phone. Thanksgiving and the following weekend is my time for relaxed reflection on life’s treasures, to relish family, and to tend to autumn tasks – managing leaves, installing deer fencing, splitting and stacking firewood.

I acknowledge my views may differ from the mainstream … I don’t start holiday decorating until December is fully entrenched on the calendar … but because I don’t want to miss the gifts for gardeners idea boat, here’s my suggestions for plant lovers on your gift list.

Gift certificates to a local nursery.
I don’t know a gardener who does not appreciate the opportunity to stroll through their local greenhouse during cold winter months or a garden center in spring. Trust me. Do some sleuthing to learn your gardener’s local greenhouse of choice and get the gift certificate from there. If your gardener has physical limitations, offer to accompany him/her on the shopping trip and help plant the new greenery. Your time will be appreciated as much as the gift certificate.

Subscriptions to gardening publications.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA For Nutmeg State gardeners I recommend two bi-monthly publications, Connecticut Gardener and the Home and Garden Newsletter.

Connecticut Gardener is written by and for … you guessed it … Connecticut gardeners. I’ve subscribed to Connecticut Gardener for years and, in 2012, I’m slated to be one of their contributors.

The Home and Garden Newsletter contains research, updates and expertise of the University of Connecticut and it’s eight Cooperative Extension Centers.

There are a few national magazines I find consistently packed with good gardening information. Fine Gardening is published by The Taunton Press which also publishes many fine gardening books.

Then there’s a new online magazine, Leaf. It’s inaugural issue, Autumn 2011, hints Leaf will be interesting, humorous and trendy. Purchase a print copy to wrap and be sure to suggest the gift recipient sign up for future issues online

Organic Gardening is ideal for food gardeners, Mother Earth News fits do-it-yourself types, and The Herb Companion is a thoughtful choice for those who love cooking with and growing herbs.

A gift membership.
The Connecticut Horticultural Society offers educational programs, garden tours and trips (read more in my next GOOPs post on December 1, 2011). Membership to The Connecticut Botanical Society – they focus on plants in the wild – brings a newsletter, notice of the group’s walking tours, and events and access to the society’s dried plant library of more than 36,000 entries.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The American Horticultural Society, a national educational version of state-based hort education groups, sends their print magazine, The American Gardener,to every member.  It, alone, is worth the membership fee . Members can also take advantage of discounted entry to many botanical gardens and to some flower shows.

This idea list is mostly tallied from personal experience. It should get your creative gift-giving juices flowing but if you need more ideas read my Gifts Gardeners Dig article from last year or stay tuned for my upcoming post, Books for Gardeners.

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3 comments for “Gifts Gardeners Dig – 2011

  1. November 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Great suggestions. I get most of the publications here, but not The American Gardener. Based on your recommendation, I’m going to get a membership, for the magazine! I have been interested in the launch of Leaf, and hope it succeeds.

    (your blog feed is coming through funny for me. The latest post winds up further down with the top post being a repeat from several weeks ago. That’s happened a couple times now. Did you change anything?)

    • joenesgarden
      November 29, 2011 at 12:35 am

      Laurrie, I’m so glad you are joining AHS. I think you’ll enjoy the magazine and the other membership benefits as well. Regarding my blog feed … I updated some of the features and found the Jetpack plugin altered the post sequence. Deactivating the plugin fixed the issue.

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