The Gardener’s Year: December Gifts

Every year I try to give presents that will help my gardening friends keep the faith that “spring is coming!”

Local garden centers are great for gift certificates.  Here are some additional ideas for those who want to give a gift to a gardener who is dreaming of spring:

The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World’s Great TreesAllen J. Coombes, author, University of Chicago press—just published in November of 2010. Available on Amazon and local bookstores, lists at $55.  Be sure to write a note in the front of the book and date it!

A Gift Membership to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  One year for an individual $70, for a family $100.  The gift membership includes many benefits in addition to free parking, event invitations and discounts on classes.  Won’t your gardener love you every time he or she visits the garden in 2011?

The makings for a terrarium, including the container, special soil, mosses and tiny flowering plants?  Every breath will be a promise of spring to come.

Or, how about a gift certificate with your garden mentor, Every Green Plant?  A 2-hour session in the Barrington area is only $150.  We provide garden advice and plans to refresh your existing gardens or plan new gardens.

All services are customized and available on- site to help you achieve a beautiful property for all seasons.  We work with nature lovers of all levels of experience and interest.   Your first 30 minute consultation in the Barrington area, if booked between now and February 25th is free.  Call 224-688-8838 and ask for Alison or email [email protected].

Achieve your Growing Goals with Every Green Plant.