Win­ter gifts for gar­den­ers

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Lately my thoughts have turned to gifts for friends and fam­ily. If you have gar­den­ers on your list, the op­tions are many. While I don’t rec­om­mend giv­ing large plants, which may turn into un­wel­come projects, small suc­cu­lents are easy to care for. An herb in a pretty pot also makes a lovely gift, es­pe­cially if it’s ac­com­pa­nied by some herb scis­sors or a cook­book. But there are plenty of choices be­yond plants for en­light­en­ing and as­sist­ing the gar­dener or adorn­ing their gar­den. bring­ing chil­dren into a re­la­tion­ship with the nat­u­ral world is a wor­thy goal. You can en­cour­age aware­ness and en­gage­ment by giv­ing gifts such as paint-it-your­self bird­feed­ers or bug ob­ser­va­tion kits. The Ed­i­ble Ter­race has a great list (www.theed­i­bleter­race.com/gar­den­ing-gifts-for-kids) that in­cludes a small wheel­bar­row and a sweet build-a-bou­quet play set. A search for “gar­den­ing with chil­dren” at goodreads.com brings up an en­tic­ing as­sort­ment of books. Af­ter you look it over, or­der one or more from your fa­vorite lo­cal book­store.

But what about the gar­dener who seems Botan­i­cal Gar­den, de­scribes the new book Gar­den­lust as “a beau­ti­ful tour through some of the loveli­est gar­dens in the world!” Gar­den-themed cal­en­dars, date­books, or sta­tionery can be quite el­e­gant and are eas­ily found lo­cally at mu­seum shops, the Gilded Page, Ar­ray, and other shops, as well as on­line, at the Met Store (store.met­mu­seum.org), for ex­am­ple.

A pleas­ingly pre­sented gift card to a lo­cal nurs­ery or book­store is al­ways wel­come and ap­pre­ci­ated. And a gift­mem­ber­ship to the Santa Fe Botan­i­cal Gar­den or the New Mex­ico Na­tive Plant So­ci­ety can open the gar­den gate to new ex­pe­ri­ences and friends in the com­ing year.

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