Gifts for Gardeners: Truly Terrific Tools

Good evening chickens! Just 9 shopping days left until Christmas, and in case you’re wondering what to gift your favorite gardener, our staff has put together a list of their favorite garden tools to give. ‘Tis the season!

Felco prunersMarcy suggests a Felco pruner.

They’re like the BMW of pruners. Best of all the parts are replaceable!

Nancy suggests an OXO garden knife.Hori Hori Knife

The OXO garden knife is my favorite hand-tool. It digs, divides, saws, cuts and measures. Come in to the Garden Spot and ask for the best “Hori Hori” It’s a good grip!

glovesGinger, otherwise known around here as ‘Mrs. Claus’ suggests lightweight gloves.

Clean or warm, whichever you need, they do their job!

Paige our resident Botany student and fiction writer suggests ‘Herbies!’

They are inexpensive, handy for cleaning house plants and herbs, and won’t take up too much room in a drawer. (Great tip for all you herbiesapartment/condo gardeners out there, aye?)

Audra, poet and sometimes editor, suggests ‘Herbies’ as well.

They’re great for stocking stuffers and useful to trim herbs and flowers and nose hairs! Plus they’re cute and tiny!

barnel scissorsKim our plant buyer and grower suggests gardening scissors.

They’re great for so many uses: trimming back perennials and shrub tipping, perfect for dead-heading containers and baskets. Made of carbide steel, they never rust and are always sharp. The red and white handles are always visible, you won’t loose them!

Erin has two suggestions, one for the gardener overwhelmed by loads of weeds.

I’m pretty opinionated about this, having weeded for a range of many, hula homany gardening clients over the years. Two of my favorite tools are the hula ho, great for small weeds jobs where you have a large amount of space. And you get a bit of an ab workout! Add to this a trusty potato fork, for dandelions, buttercups and other root-y pests…and you’ll be whistling while you work. Getting your zen weeding on is all laughter on the stairsabout having the right tools. While you’re at it, maybe grab a retractable rake too! And if you need a little inspiration grab “Laughter on the Stairs” by Beverly Nichols. This will get you excited about gardening again, and remind you why you’re weeding in the first place.

Any teenage girls on your list? I planted my first big garden at the pink prunersage of 14. Consider these pruning shears by Zenport. They’re just $8.99 each, so they start at a low price point, but are great pruners and are made for smaller hands. We often fight over these at the nursery. They won’t last forever, but if your daughter or niece loses them no one will be too put out. Now, one drawback is they are pink. A color I would have hated at that age. If you’re you grow girlconcerned, break out some spray paint and paint them her favorite color. (I suggest gold!) If you want to do a theme gift, grab her some gloves and a copy of “You Grow Girl” by Gayla Trail. She’s a great garden writer, has sound advice and makes gardening fun for old and young alike.

Brandy, busy gardener, avid baker and ‘mother hen’ suggests the ratchet pruners.Ratchet+Pruner

They’re super easy on the hands to use and last forever. Β (Great advice for folks who get sore hands)

ph testerTony the Lavender Man, suggests a soil ph tester.

It appeases curiosity over one’s soil ph, and helps to guide future planting decisions.

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We hope these suggestions help you complete your holiday shopping this year. Drop by anytime, we are always happy to give you more ideas! And remember, we offer complimentary holiday wrapping.

Haitian Metal Art and our Photo of the Week

Happy Friday Garden Friends!

We had quite a festive week here at the Garden Spot. Christmas trees, garland, wreaths, red berries and all sorts of cheer have been delivered to our door.

Not to mention our holiday open house last weekend. We sure enjoyed kicking off the holidays with all our wonderful customers, and we hope you did too!

See a little video clip of the festivities here.

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Speaking of the holidays, we’ve received some really beautiful metal art all the way from Haiti that we think would make for wonderful Christmas gifts. These amazing works of art are hammered by hand out of old barrels. Now that’s what we call upcycling! Read more about these remarkable pieces here.

All of our staff took the day off on Thursday with friends and family to give thanks for our many blessings over the last year. One of the things we’re most grateful for here at the Spot is you. We love being a part of your gardening adventures, and can’t wait to hear about your projects in the coming year.

Speaking of which, let’s talk gardening pictures. This week we had a picture of our own tree lot submitted via Kevin Stamper. We love it Kevin!

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Congratulations you’re our Facebook ‘Photo of the Week’ winner! Drop by our nursery anytime to claim your prize.

Want to win next week? Just submit your favorite gardening pics, projects and submissions to our Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to win!

Happy Holidays Folks!

‘Make It and Take It’ Amaryllis Class this Saturday

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This Saturday Marcy is hostessing a ‘Make It and Take It’ class featuring our holiday Amaryllis.

Assemble a pretty vase or planter as a hostess gift, or to grace your own holiday table. We learned this particular ribbon-wrapping technique from our Dutch growers, very popular in Holland right now.

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We have loads of ribbons, ornaments, pinecones and other pretties to create the perfect package. Class fee is $39, with bulb, pots and everything else included.Β Get inspired by viewing our gallery of 2013 Holiday Amaryllis. We have twenty unique cultivars to choose from.

You can register easily online, or call our store 360-676-5480