You don’t have to be blessed with green thumbs to appreciate a gift for the yard and garden, but you might not want to do what a friend of mine arranged for his wife’s Christmas gift. This man thought his spouse, and avid gardener, would appreciate a gift of soil amendments, so he bought her a truckload of manure. That woman loved her garden so much that the present was appreciated, but for most people something other than manure is probably a safer bet.
Here are a few ideas for garden gifts that might appeal more than a truck load of….well, soil amendments.
Birdbaths make great focal points in a garden bed or lawn. If you don’t want to fill them with water for the birds, they can be planted with attractive arrangements of succulents or filled with sea shells.
None of us are getting any younger. This garden kneeler is kind to the body and helps with getting up and down as well.
Most people love feeding the birds but are less-than-thrilled with the @#$%*&! squirrels. The gift of a Droll Yankee Flipper, Dipper or Tipper will keep those gray bandits at bay while entertaining those watching the show from indoors as well. BTW, we love Droll Yankee bird feeders because they are long lasting AND made in the USA.
Know someone who’s always wanted a water feature? Give them a pump that will provide the sound and motion of water, along with a filter to keep things flowing well. The gift-recipient can spend the rest of the summer deciding on the best size and design for their new water feature. (Note: we have all sorts of pumps that will turn just about any object into a fountain or pool. Come into the store and check out the options.)
A bench adds instant appeal to any garden, and it’s something that many people covet but don’t buy for themselves. Benches are important visual elements in a garden, and they allow the gardener a place to perch and appreciate his or her handiwork.
Other gifts that gardeners enjoy include a new pair of pruners, a folding saw, or best of all, a gift certificate for more plants. May your holidays be bright and peaceful,
The Hyannis Country Garden Green Team