Along the Garden Path: Gardening Christmas gifts


Get in the spirit of Christmas and shop locally for those gardeners on your list. Stores in downtown Greenville and others in Darke County have so much to offer for the gardener in your life.

By shopping locally, you get that great customer service and a warm family feeling- plus parking is close to the stores.

If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for a gardener on your list Santa and I have a few suggestions for you.

Look for metal plant labels to make labels for all of your plant varieties and they that don’t fade after a Midwestern winter or two. We use the metal plant labels for all of our plants with a Brother P-touch labeler to print out the labels. They last for years.

Atlas-grip garden gloves will keep the gardeners’ hands dry and the mud in the vegetable patch. Garden gloves are always great for any gardener and a handy stocking stuffer.

Hand pruners are a perfect gift for man or woman. Choose a professional pair that will stay sharp for years and some with bright handles makes them easier to spot when they are left in the middle of the lawn by near-sighted or age-challenged gardener. (Hum) Most have rubber-coated aluminum handles making them comfortable, lightweight, and sturdy and shock absorber, minimizing hand and wrist fatigue. (Remember cheap isn’t always the best).

A pair of rubber gardening boots is appreciated for secure footing around muddy garden chores and wet grass.

Keep your yard, sidewalk, and driveway tidy with a cordless leaf blower. A blower is especially great for cleaning up walkways, decks, and patio debris.

Gift certificates from one of our local garden centers are always appreciated. Miller Flowers, Countryside, Forest Hill, or Hannah’s Garden Center. Consider a gift card from Lowe’s for future gardening needs such as soil, plants, shrubs, trees, fertilizer and more. Most of these centers have small tools, also.

Maybe you would like to give a gift subscription to one of my favorite magazines, Ohio Gardener magazine. Their address is State-by-State Gardening, PO Box 730, Downers Grove, Il. 60515-0730 and their website is . You get six issues for $19.95 or email [email protected]. When my magazine arrives, I love to get my favorite drink, get comfy, and read it from cover to cover.

Great books for gardening are Annuals of Ohio, The Gardening Book of Ohio, Month-by-Month Gardening for Ohio, Perennials for Ohio, and Birds of Ohio. All in the $20 range and excellent books. Others are Herb Gardening for the Midwest, Container Gardening for the Midwest, Go Native! All New Square Foot Gardening (Second Edition) and more. You can order any of these by calling State-by-State Gardening at 1-888-265-3600.

Garden catalogues with pictures, descriptions of plants and indexed under both common and botanical names, free from White Flower Farm, 1-800-543-9624 and Wayside Gardens,

Your gardener would enjoy bird seed or a new feeder or bird house.

A last note to Santa, if you’re having aches and pains in the knee area (and what good gardener doesn’t) how about some of those thick strap-on knee pads and a large bottle of Advil in time for spring planting?

Enjoy shopping for your gardener!

By Charlene Thornhill

Along the Garden Path

Charlene Thornhill is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Along the Garden Path. She can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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