December Shopping List for Your Favorite Gardener(s)

December Shopping List for Your Favorite Gardener(s)

  • By Susan Martin
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  • December 2016-Vol.2 No.12
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To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.- Jane Austen

In the spring at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.- Margaret Atwood

I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself. – Alice Sebold

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.- Walt Whitman

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.- Sigmund Freud

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.-Thomas Jefferson

There you have it. Gardening brings contentment and a feeling of oneness with nature – a pastime that should be encouraged for the people you love. In the spirit of adding to the health and happiness of the gardener(s) in our lives, here is a list of suggested gifts. One or more is sure to please!

  • Garden bench – There are some really beautiful benches made of many types of materials including weather-resistant woods such as teak and cedar, recycled plastic, concrete and metals.
  • Birdbath – and a promissory note to clean it (the hard part of this gift!)
  • Bluebird house – For the do-it-yourselfer, visit the website for the Ivy Creek Foundation on how to build and how to select favorable installation conditions; for purchasing bluebird houses, check the website for the Virginia Bluebird Society.
  • Beautiful ceramic pot they’ve been eyeing for next spring
  • Rubber clogs and/or rubber boots – There are many other brands including: Sloggers,  Muck and BOGS, to name just a couple
  • New garden gloves – There are many types of gloves at all price ranges
  • Plant Markers – Zinc or aluminum markers for the perennial garden
  • Journal for logging gardening information
  • Tool sharpeners
  • Small pruners – Felco is a good brand, pricey, but this is for a present. Make it even snazzier with a leather holster – fastest pruners in the Piedmont! This brand makes models for small hands and for lefties.
  • Contractor’s canvas tool belt for keeping track of smaller-sized tools
  • Loppers – Felco and Bahco are good brands
  • An ergonomic trowel
  • Gift certificate to an area nursery
  • A manicure kit to repair nails, made grimy from digging in the dirt
  • Seed packets as a stocking stuffer
  • Kneeling pads to help protect against those aches and pains from weeding or planting
  • Heating mats for seed starting
  • Contribution in his/her name to City Schoolyard Gardens (org)
  • “Official” gift certificate from you promising labor to install a compost pile
  • “Official” gift certificate from you promising labor to fulfill whatever whim your favorite gardener requests
  • Subscription to Virginia Gardener magazine


A Rich Place on Earth by Peter Hatch

Fifty Plants That Changed History by Bill Laws

Flora of Virginia by Alan S Weakley

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb and Gordon Morrison

50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat by Ruth Rogers Clausen and San Detrick

The Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide: What to Do and When to Do It by Nancy J. Ondra and Rob Cardillo

What’s Wrong With My Plant (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies (What’s Wrong Series) by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth

The Living Landscape by Douglas W. Tallamy

Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History– Bill Laws

Continuing Education:

Try a gardening course, such as the 2017 Spring Lecture Series sponsored by the Piedmont Master Gardeners. These evening lectures (about 2 hours long) will be held on March 16, 23, 30 and April 13. (Examples of topics for 2016 series: epic tomatoes, bulbs as companion plants, and composting for the home gardener.) Check for more information in January.

The one-day Piedmont Landscape Association (PLA) seminar held every February at the Paramount Theater on the downtown mall in Charlottesville. Check in December for 2017 seminar details.

Tufton Farms, one of Thomas Jefferson’s quarter farms, now home of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, offers many interesting educational lectures and courses, including the Saturdays in the Garden Workshops and lectures offered at Tufton’s three annual open houses. For more information, see

Lewis-Ginter Gardens in Richmond offers classes on topics ranging from gardening and landscape design to botanical illustrating. See

  • Garden-centered trips—A “promise of spring-to-come” all wrapped up with a bow—just when it’s most needed!

Lewis Ginter Gardens in Richmond – voted #4 public garden in North America by readers of USA Today. You can check the “What’s in Bloom” feature on their website to get a current update on what’s in flower.

United States Botanic Garden and the National Garden, Washington, DC

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, PA, the country estate of the Rosengarten family, offers beautiful gardens. Be aware that the parking lot holds 120 cars and, if it’s full, you’ll be asked to return at a later time.

2017 Annual Flower Show in Philadelphia, March 11-March 19, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s theme celebrates the wonders of Holland.

The 2017 Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, Charleston, SC, March 16-April 22

North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, April 5-9. Many events, including the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

Historic Garden Week, Charlottesville/Albemarle County, sponsored this year by the Albemarle Garden Club, April 22-29

The Biltmore Festival of Flowers, Asheville, NC, April-May


Wow, we have a few gifts to deliver!


We The Garden Shed Team wish you and your family a Safe and Happy Holiday Season and we look forward to you stopping by The Garden Shed in 2017.






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