2020 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.
Gardening Glove Gift Set
This gift box has it all for mom: Arm Saver gloves in the beautiful Garden of Paradise print with matching cotton twill drawstring bag, a 4 oz. jar of Lavender & Mint hand cream, and a set of plant snips so mom can clip her favorite soft stem flowers.
Heart-Shaped Garden Trowel
Add an 'Alice in Wonderland' feel to mom's gardening shed with this hand-forged multipurpose gardening tool. Just like her love for gardening, this trowel will last a lifetime.
Sweet Escape Bouquet
Since mom can't travel to the tropics, bring the tropics to mom. She'll love the island vibe and exotic blooms of the Sweet Escape bouquet.
Heart Rock Garden Stake
Did you know rocks say I Love You? It's true. Especially when they're in the shape of a heart and forever staked in the garden.
Keep mom hydrated with this sweet floral insulated tumbler. She can enjoy her favorite hot or cold drink while tending her garden (and thinking of you).
We think this shirt speaks for itself. Mom (or grandma) will love lounging or working in the garden in this comfy & stylish t-shirt.
Moms spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so why not brighten it up with an adorable tea towel designed by artist Olga Akbarova? Towels are brightly colored with original illustrations, like the Pacific Grove Tea Towel shown.
Jar Flower Arranger
Help mom up her 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 help mom learn how to design and plant beautiful garden containers from professional designer, Karen Chapman. Buy her a beautiful container with some potting soil as well, so all she'll have to do is add plants.
Waterproof boots that are easy to slip on and off are invaluable for gardeners (mom will thank you for thinking of her). These Crocs come in 6 colors, including classic Navy (shown) and bright Lemon.
Online Learning Bundle
Give mom 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.
For the mom who likes to keep up with the latest trends—this antique brass terrarium will let her showcase her plants in a unique way. Get her some succulents, ferns, soil and moss to make the gift complete.
This infuser can be used to create cocktails, oils, teas, dressings, lemonade, coffee and more. For Mother's Day, we think a lemon and lavender infused water sounds wonderful! Durably constructed of stainless steel and tempered glass.
Mason Jar Herb Garden
If mom spends just as much time in the kitchen as she does in the garden, she'll enjoy this cute and convenient herb garden set. It even inludes rosemary, basil and sage seeds and soil pods.
Featuring laurel leaves, flower detailing and a pedestal base, these terracotta pots will transport mom to an Italian villa right in her own garden. Available in 13” and 17” sizes.
Let mom kick her feet up! 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.
This home for insects would be a wonderful gift for those who love to observe the little creatures that keep our world going.
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.
Let mom extend the time she gets to spend outdoors in the evening by sending her 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.
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Twist 'N Plant Gardening Auger
Save time and plant more with the Twist N Plant gardening auger! This high quality auger is a great choice over using a trowel—especially where roots are involved. You'll be changing out garden beds left and right!
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.
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.