Gifts for the gar­dener

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Gar­den­ers are fa­mously ob­ser­va­tional. It’s one in their vast ar­ray of tal­ents. Thus, se­lect­ing a spe­cial gift for your fa­vorite gar­dener can be a bit of a chal­lenge. Those prac­tic­ing the botan­i­cal arts are likely to have al­ready eyed some­thing use­ful or im­pul­sively helped them­selves to the de­sired ac­cou­ter­ment by the time gift-giv­ing sea­son ar­rives. Here is a brief se­lec­tion of ideas to stim­u­late the minds of those shop­ping for their fa­vorite gar­dener or gar­dener-to-be. A stand-out pub­li­ca­tion is

by Jo­hanna Sil­ver. The story of the de­vel­op­ment of Ruth Ban­croft’s gar­den in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, it is a won­der­ful pic­ture book, but also an in­spi­ra­tional nar­ra­tive of one woman’s vi­sion. There’s lots of in­for­ma­tion on desert plants as her land­scape in­cludes xeric plant­ing.

from Tim­ber Press is a lovely folio of “135 re­silient, wa­ter-smart choices for a lovely gar­den.” Compiled by the ex­perts at Plant Select, the beau­ti­fully printed images and well-de­signed pre­sen­ta­tion of­fer con­cise in­for­ma­tion and a va­ri­ety of traits gar­den- ers look for when se­lect­ing new plants.

As for gar­den­ing tools, noth­ing could be more ef­fi­cient than a well-made sheath for a five gal­lon bucket (or stand-alone tote) de­signed to carry tools, weeds, or other es­sen­tials with style and af­ford­abil­ity. The Gar­den’s Pud­dle-proof Bucket Tote is a prac­ti­cal and at­trac­tive of­fer­ing.

Ev­ery gar­dener ap­pre­ci­ates a fine pair of gloves. The wear-and-tear of these es­sen­tials goes un­ap­pre­ci­ated by those who sim­ply ad­mire gar­dens with­out putting their hands in the soil. Hap­pily, there is a va­ri­ety of choices. Rose gloves are not just for roses. Thorny shrubs and trees that need prun­ing are of­ten sources of in­jury in the gar­den. These long-sleeved shields pro­tect against all that pokes, in­clud­ing the oc­ca­sional cac­tus that may need to be trimmed or moved.

With the di­ver­sity of sea­sons we ex­pe­ri­ence in Santa Fe, a unique set of footwear for the gar­den could never be re­fused. A sta­ple from the east coast, Muck Shoes come in a va­ri­ety of col­ors and are durable even in the desert sense. They al­low their user to tra­vail through mud, moss, and ma­nure with equal aplomb and are eas­ily washed (or not!).

An­other charm­ing and orig­i­nal gift ad­dresses fruit col­lec­tion. From can­vas or­chard sacks to wo­ven bas­kets and back-packs, these ac­ces­sories are of­ten as aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing as they are func­tional.

For as many gar­den­ers as there are, there are equal amounts of well-de­sired gifts. Some of the tried and true pas­sions of well-heeled gar­den­ers in­clude:

Seeds of all va­ri­eties, from veg­etable to herb, wild­flower, and ex­otics. A gar­dener is al­ways will­ing to at­tempt the unattain­able or ex­plore the fash­ion of the new.

Sea­sonal bulbs are some­thing avail­able lo­cally and through cat­a­logs and nary a gar­den has too many.

Bird houses, bee houses, bat houses and other gar­den shel­ters are a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to per­son­al­ize the out­door space that your gar­dener in­hab­its.

If all else fails, your gar­den-va­ri­ety pot­ted plant will likely be just as wel­come.

Claire Dishman, a lo­cal home­opath, has been a Mas­ter Gar­dener in Santa Fe since 2014. Prior to tak­ing up home­opa­thy, she was a fur­ni­ture and light­ing de­signer in New York City and Chicago.

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