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Gifts for gardeners don't have to be expensive

Posted: December 4, 2011 - 1:01am
Culpepper Ace Hardware employee Tony Favro displays a selection of gift items for the home such as nativity scenes, ornaments, decorative lighting fixtures and vases. Gift ideas for gardeners can be found in many places.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Culpepper Ace Hardware employee Tony Favro displays a selection of gift items for the home such as nativity scenes, ornaments, decorative lighting fixtures and vases. Gift ideas for gardeners can be found in many places.

The best gifts don’t have to cost a lot.

Over the years, area gardeners have shared their most treasured gardening related gifts. For many, it might be a helping hand from a neighboring teen, or a seedling from a favorite plant.

“Some of my favorite gardening gifts have been cuttings or plant divisions from friends,” said Master Gardener and Cherokee Rose Garden Club member Ginny Allen.

“I still have a gardenia bush that was rooted from a corsage in 1961. The plant has moved with me,” she said. “I have a jade plant from 1970 and a garden full of plants that remind me of the good friends who shared them with me.”

Allen said she’s brought home double orange kalanchoe cuttings from a friend in California, keeping them damp in a paper cup on the plane ride home.

“My cold-hardy orange tree is a seed that Joe LaVert gave me when we toured the Aquinas garden,” she added. “Other friends have shared hydrangea cuttings, daylily divisions and irises. All of these were free.”

Other gifts that gardeners enjoy are homemade jams canned fruit and pecan brittle made from homegrown produce.

“Other ideas are net bags of lavender sachet, oranges covered with cloves for a closet, homemade birdhouses and feeders and hand-cast concrete stepping stones,” said Allen.

Local nurseries and landscaping businesses are also good places to pick up gifts. From wheelbarrows to gardening gloves to gift certificates, there’s sure to be something useful for most any gardener.

Several years back, Betty Crowther, of Evans, received a wheelbarrow from her children and said it’s in “constant use.” Her husband presented her with an illustrated brochure of a pond and all the details about the installation he had arranged.

Some other favorite gardening-themed gifts can be treasured books or those that provide useful information, tickets for area garden tours or a day labor for a friend.

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