2019 Gift Guide - Find the Best Gifts for GardenersLooking for gift ideas for the avid gardener in your life? Go beyond stepping stones with these books, pottery, tools and more they’ll love.
Finding a thoughtful gift for a loved one can be a challenge, but we’re here to help! Here are our favorite gardening gifts—curated by the Garden Design editors.
For the person on your list that likes to keep up with the latest trends—this antique brass terrarium will let them showcase their plants in a unique way. Get them some succulents, ferns, soil and moss to make the gift complete.
Know someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen? Why not brighten it up with an adorable tea towel designed by artist Olga Akbarova? Towels are brightly colored with original illustrations, like the Garden Tea Towel shown.
Jar Flower Arranger
Know someone who grows gorgeous flowers? Help them up their flower arranging skills with this easy and attractive way to create an instant arrangement. Plus, your purchase will be supporting Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Designing Abundant Containers Online Course
Gift this online course and your friend or loved one will learn how to design and plant beautiful garden containers from professional designer, Karen Chapman. Buy them a beautiful container with some potting soil as well, so all they'll have to do when spring arrives is get their plants.
Featuring laurel leaves, flower detailing and a pedestal base, these terracotta pots will bring the romance of an Italian villa to any garden. Available in 13” and 17” sizes.
Waterproof boots that are easy to slip on and off are invaluable for gardeners. These Crocs come in 6 colors, including classic Navy (shown) and bright Lemon.
Online Learning Bundle
Give the gift of gardening knowledge with this online, 4-video bundle from plant expert Kerry Ann Mendez. Lessons on designing a sustainable flower garden, bold and fine foliage plants, plants for shade gardens, and perennials that do double-duty.
Hand-crafted from wood 100 years old or more, this bench is sure to please gardeners who care about their environmental footprint, but don’t want to sacrifice style.
Protect mom's hands! These comfortable and durable gardening gloves are also pretty, printed with Passiflora artwork from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library.
Flower Gardener’s Gift Basket
This versatile chicken wire hod comes filled with everything necessary to take your favorite flower-lover successfully from seed to bloom. Bonus: It arrives wrapped and ready for gifting!
This infuser can be used to create cocktails, oils, teas, dressings, lemonade, coffee and more. For Christmas we think a cranberry and mint infused water sounds wonderful! Durably constructed of stainless steel and tempered glass, this might be the start of new family gathering traditions.
Mason Jar Herb Garden
Know someone who spends just as much time in the kitchen as they do the garden? Get them this cute and convenient herb garden set so they’ll always have fresh rosemary, basil and sage within reach.
For nearly 20 years, Dan Benarcik has been building and refining the design of this garden chair. It’s made of red cedar and/or Douglas fir, so it can withstand the outdoors.
Personalized Garden Apron
Your favorite green thumb will love the old-fashioned quality of this apron. It’s deep pockets are perfect for carrying tools, seeds, or cuttings from the garden. Plus, you can personalize it with his or her initials.
This home for insects would be a wonderful gift for those who love to observe the little creatures that keep our world going.
Stylish Vertical Planters
Leo Wall Planters, made from aluminum (shown) or corten steel, are great for vertical gardening and are designed to direct water away from the surface they’re mounted on. From top to bottom: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Foxtail’, Lavendula stoechas, and Mentha spicata var. crispa ‘Moroccan’. Designed by Todd Holloway of Pot Incorporated.
Fish Garden Art
Maine artist Tyson M. Weiss makes these unique ceramic fish sculptures that appear to lazily cruise through pristine plantings. A school of three is ideal for conveying the impression of movement. They can stay outdoors all year and come with garden rods. The Medium Salsa Fishie is shown, but there are three sizes and a cobalt color available.
Seibert & Rice Shell Pot
Crafted in one of the oldest terra cotta workshops in Italy, this pot is equally stunning empty or planted. Seibert & Rice, a company specializing in fine Italian terra cotta, makes planters like this available in the U.S. The Shell Pot is part of their Ornamental Collection, which features pieces distinguished by their sculptural detail.
Give your friend or family member the gift of extending the time they get to spend outdoors in the evening by giving them this attractive rusted-steel fire bowl.
The Proven Winners Garden Book: Simple Plans, Picture-Perfect Plants, and Expert Advice for Creating a Gorgeous Garden
Expert plant knowledge and creative design ideas from America’s #1 plant brand. The Proven Winners Garden Book contains simple garden plans, including a welcoming entryway, pollinator garden, flower garden, shady summertime retreat and deer-resistant garden. It also has 25 container recipes to add color to a patio, porch or balcony. The authors share lessons on garden prep, design choices, and how to buy the right plants.
The Gardens of Mackinac Island
Who better than Jack Barnwell (Mackinac's premier landscape architect) to share nearly 100 public and private, humble and grand gardens of the island, along with interwoven narratives, poetry, history, and horticulture.
Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill
Embracing not only classic, but also daring and innovative designs, Wave Hill is a world-renowned 28-acre pubic garden in the Bronx, New York. This book explores the beauty of the plants, flowers, and design with photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo along with author Thomas Christopher's insights about the iconic garden overlooking the Hudson River.
For those with the common problem of deer eating their plants, this book has the answers! Karen Chapman explores intentional garden design solutions and plants to use (there are zones listed, so you know they'll work in your garden!), all while showcasing beautiful gardens across the country—each with its own story of trouble and triumph.
The Right-Size Flower Garden
Do you know someone who is overwhelmed at the task of maintaining their garden? Help them enjoy gardening more with this book from gardener, writer, and teacher Kerry Ann Mendez. She shares simple design changes that make smarter use of space, along with tips on choosing the best low-maintenance plants for your garden.
Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
Landscape and garden expert Jan Johnsen provides inspiration and instruction with over 100 unique techniques to transform humble gardens and yards into magical outdoor spaces. Her tips are illustrated, specific and easily applied. She suggests simple changes and design strategies that can have big impact, such as accenting curves and cascading trimming techniques. Over 100 color photos bring her book to life and help readers see just what is possible in their own yard or garden.
How to Make a Plant Love You
Houseplant expert and environmentalist Summer Rayne Oakes teaches how nurturing plants can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve our overall health and well-being.
The Art of Outdoor Living
Shrader has a talent for extending the indoors outside to create stylish and enjoyable outdoor spaces. In his first book, he shares twelve beautiful properties and shows how to connect the landscape with a livable ease that is not only for entertaining, but for relaxing as well. Photography is captured by Lisa Romerein.
The Scentual Garden
Ken Druse offers a complete survey of fragrance in the garden, giving gardeners a vastly expanded palate of scents to explore and enjoy. Plus, the artful botanical images from Ellen Hoverkamp are beautiful to look at.
Garden Design Back Issues
We still have some back issues available for purchase. Each issue is packed with timeless garden information and ideas.
Handmade Garden Tools
Garden enthusiasts will surely feel the difference in these heirloom-quality tools handcrafted by blacksmith Tuli Fisher. Gift the whole set or start building their collection one tool at a time.
If you know someone who is looking to get into gardening (or if you know someone who you want to get into gardening!), this is a nice starter kit. It comes with 9 pieces: trowel shovel, rake hoe, weeder, spade, cultivator, pruning shears, spray bottle, and gloves—all in a handy storage caddy. All tools are rust resistant.
Forged Dual Cut Bypass Pruner
Corona Tools is known for making sturdy, functional tools that serve gardeners well. This pruner has a second curve within the hook of the blade that allows you to easily cut branches up to 2 inches in diameter. It also has an internal spring, so it shouldn’t get bumped loose as you’re reaching inside a tangled shrub. This is a solid midrange model for the weekend warrior who prunes for short periods of time.
Okatsune No. 103 Pruners/Secateurs
With no gearing, cushioning, or added leverage from the handle, these no-frills pruners by Niwaki rely on a sharp edge and hard steel to achieve crisp cuts—even on fibrous materials like bamboo. The latch can be slid open or closed on your hip, and the Japanese-style spring doesn’t fall off. In a nod to ergonomics, the blade has a slight angle downward. For those who appreciate simplicity and strong steel, this minimalist model is a satisfying choice.
Go-To Tool for Loosening Soil
Peter Jacobsen grows food for The French Laundry, a Michelin 3-star restaurant. The Meadow Creature Broadfork is his go-to tool for loosening soil without destroying its structure. “It works better than a hand rototiller and you get a nice workout,” he says. Under the bar are four 14-inch-long spikes; after driving the spikes into the soil, you use the handles to pull back on the tool, loosening the earth.
The HERShovel was built to make the most of a woman’s stature and strength, but the company has also received positive feedback from men who have used the shovel. Its steel blade with extra-large step and its two-handed grip reduce shoulder and back strain while digging.
Leonard Deluxe Stainless Steel Soil Knife
The tiny, jagged serrations of this American–made soil knife by A.M. Leonard are great not only for weeding but also for finer applications like scoring the roots on annual flowers and opening bags of potting soil. The twine-cutting notch and 6-inch ruler stamped onto the blade are helpful additions. However, though the curved shape of the handle is the epitome of comfort, it also shortens the area where you grasp the knife, making it most suitable for gardeners will smaller hands.
Serrated Farmer Dagger
With its thick, highly sharpened teeth and nearly unbreakable boron steel blade, this knife by Dewit could be as useful in a dark alley as it is in the garden. It’s incredibly sturdy; a hammer can be used on the flat top of the handle to drive the tip of the knife through hardpan or rocky soil. It can be used right- or left-handed. For gardeners working in hard soil, it’s indispensable.