Unique Holiday Gifts for Gardeners on Your List
By Pat Dickey, Fairfax Master Gardener
Do you have gardeners among your friends and family and wonder what gift they might like to help make gardening more enjoyable? Here are some gift ideas that are practical as well as thoughtful for the gardeners in your life.
Solitary bees will want to make their home in this environmentally friendly bee house. Handcrafted by Jo-Anne and Gerald Warren of Canada, it is designed with copper, recycled paper, stoneware clay and bamboo. Place in full sun and where it is protected from harsh winds and rain. Your gardener will enjoy seeing more pollinators come to the flower or vegetable garden. Tubes should be replaced each year to prevent disease. Bee House $55; replacement tubes, set of 80, $18.
Bay Leaf Wreath
Your gardener will enjoy the sweet herbal scent of this bay leaf wreath. It is woven from boughs of the California bay laurel and is shipped directly from a Northern California farm to ensure its freshness. The leaves will dry naturally and can be used for cooking all year long. Hang on a wall indoors or in a sheltered outdoor location. Size: 15 inches; $39.95.
Looseleaf Plus Kale and Herb Stripper
This is a handy ergonomic tool for your gardener. Snip herbs and greens, then strip them all from their stems. A real time saver! The snipper is made of stainless steel. There are graduated holes for different sizes of stems in the stripper. The larger holes will strip kale and