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Gardeners offer suggestions for gifts

Posted: December 16, 2012 - 1:11am
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Photo by Jim Blaylock  Betty Davis has a birdbath embedded with seashells that was given to her as a gift.
Photo by Jim Blaylock Betty Davis has a birdbath embedded with seashells that was given to her as a gift.

Finding the perfect gift for the gardener or outdoor enthusiast on your Christmas list is much easier with suggestions from area gardeners.

Augustan Ginny Allen’s favorite gardening gift didn’t cost a dime.

“My favorite gift was a rooted gardenia cutting from a corsage,” said Allen. “The librarian gave it to me when I was in junior high working in the school library in 1961.”

Allen has moved the bush with her through the years and said she often thinks of the librarian who gave it to her.

The book The Southern Gardener’s Book of Lists: The Best Plants for All Your Needs, Wants and Whims by Lois Trigg Chaplin is a favorite for Evans resident Dorothy Packard.

“Not only is this a great book to own, but it was given to me by a special gardener, Bill Adams, a Georgia and South Carolina master gardener, who we lost a few years ago,” said Packard.

For Fran Weber of Martinez, the magazine Flower is something she thinks gardeners would enjoy receiving. An annual subscription costs $17.99, with $2 going to National Garden Clubs Inc.

It can be ordered online by visiting the Web site www.flowermag.com/subscribe, she said, adding that the code “INGC” should be entered at the “promotional code” prompt.

One reader said one of her favorite gifts was a birdbath.

“I have two: a seashell-themed birdbath and a large cast sand dollar that hangs at poolside,” said Martinez resident Betty Davis. “I like both gifts because they tie in with the beach theme of my home.”

For Ruth Pearl, a treasured gift conjures up sweet memories of a beloved family pet.

“When our much-loved Shar Pei died earlier this year, a neighbor brought over a simple plaque with two paw prints and the phrase ‘Forever in our Hearts.’”

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