What we love this season
Essential Perennials The complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden By Ruth Rogers Clausen and Thomas Christopher
Gardeners know that perennials are a mainstay of any garden, but how do you choose from the multitude available? This guide will help even the most savvy gardener navigate the staggering options and discover what plants will offer them the beauty they desire and thrive in the conditions that are available. The authors discuss flower colour, season of bloom, foliage characteristics, height and width, light requirements and hardiness and heat sensitivity for each plant and even delve into special requirements, the best cultivars for each species and potential problems. This is a must have for anyone who grows or wants to grow perennials.
$53.95 World Vision
World Vision has some amazing gifts that are perfect for the gardeners on your list who want to make a difference this year. Get in the spirit by helping hungry families grow food by purchasing agricultural packs for three families. Each pack includes supplies like seeds, animal feed, tools, fertilizers, pest control and training. Emergency food is also provided to families in need. And because of donations from the World Food Programme, your gift multiplies 2 times in value! Visit catalogue.worldvision.ca for more ideas.
$35 Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book By Johanna Basford
Let your inner child play! This is the book that launched the colouring craze for adults and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Beautiful and delicate, highly detailed, pen-and-ink illustrations are just waiting to be brought to life. Even the books cover and jacket are colourable! The book is a great way for gardeners and nature lovers to experience the joy of the garden this winter. A great gift that appeals to all ages. Editions now feature thicker and heavier paper stock preventing bleedthrough from ink drawing. Secret Garden is the original and first book by Johanna Basford.
$20.95 Wax Lodge Bark Carved Flameless LED Candle
Flameless LED candles offer more than just safety. You can bring nature's beauty into your home this season with the this wax-bark carved LED Candle. This candle is available at Bed, Bath and Beyond and features realistic tree bark details. Perfect for bringing the outdoors in, it casts a flameless luminescent glow for a rustic ambiance. With so many options in LED candles nowadays, even if you don’t like the rustic look, you are sure to find something intriguing in this category.
The Wallflower Living Frame
An innovative frame filled with living plants. The Wallflower is a living piece of art that infuses any room with greenery. Have an available wall, shelf, or desktop that’s missing something? Bring the vibrancy of plants indoors with a living frame. Designed with simple care and long lasting results in mind, The Wallflower living frame makes for an especially unique gift or green addition to any room. Ideal for creative people on the go – with, or without, a green thumb. A ByNature original design, wallflower living frames are available online at bynaturedesign.ca and at several retailers throughout Canada. Just check their site for a retailer near you.
Floral throw pillows
Bring your love of the garden indoors! Throw cushions are a great way to change your decor without spending a fortune. Brighten up any room with colourful pillows to suit your mood. These are just a few of the myriad of offerings available at Bed Bath and Beyond. Go on and treat yourself!
$39.99-89.99 Dome terrariums for kids by Dunecraft
Get kids growing their own fabulous terrariums this winter and keep the gardening experience alive. Dunecraft, available at Chapters and other specialty kids stores offers a wide assortment of projects sure to interest your little gardeners. Featured here are Carnivorous Creations, where children can grow their own collection of over 10 feared and famous meat eating plants; and Butterfly Glamour Garden, which offers an assortment of rainbow coloured foliage and sweet smelling blooms. Each kit comes with a growing dome, decals, plant buddies to play with, instructions and an information manual. Dinosaur, farm, fairy and desert terrariums are also available.