Holiday gifts for the gardener

By Pam Roy | Dec 26, 2012
Courtesy of: Pam Roy Columnist Pam Roy wishes you a Merry Christmas! Need some gardening gift ideas? Look no further.

Have a gardener on your holiday gift list? Here’s some ideas to get you started

For the down to earth, practical gardener, consider a gift of the perfect tool. My all time favorite is the Japanese weeding knife, otherwise know as the Hori Hori.

This is an indispensable tool for a variety of garden chores such as weeding, transplanting and dividing perennials. The blade is serrated on one side to aid in cutting through roots.

It comes with a sheath and belt loop to keep it handy and ready for action. The Hori Hori can be found in several local nurseries or online.

Another useful tool to have available is the Pot Lifter. This consists of self-cinching straps that can be placed end to end around a heavy pot, tree or rock to allow for lifting while protecting one’s back.

The best thing about this tool is that it is meant to be used by two people, encouraging social gardening. (And a fun way to get caught up with friends!) Check the owner’s manual for weight capacity of straps prior to lifting.

For the gardener interested in sustainable practices, a rain gauge allows one to easily keep track of just how much precipitation the planting beds are receiving.

A rain gauge can be very simple, or it can be more sophisticated, connecting to the irrigation system, canceling watering during a rainy period. Look for a variety of styles, some functional, some bordering on cutesy.

Provide some inspiration for the gardener in your life with a @new book@ from Timber Press, “The Roots of my Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden.”

This book features contributions by such noted gardeners as Rosalyn Creasey, Thomas Hobbs and local legend Dan Hinkley, among others.

With stories that inspire, bring chuckles and perhaps even shock the reader, this book makes for a great winter read and may give ideas for projects for the coming season.

Plants always make a welcome present. I decided to gift some friends with a couple of containers for the entry planted with an evergreen center piece (Juniperus communis) set off with a beautiful bronze heuchera, a perky gaultheria procumbens with bright red berries and a few vines spilling over the edges of the pot.

Stocking stuffers? A new pair of garden gloves, a jar of calendula hand cream, or gardeners hand soap by Burt’s Bees. Stroll the aisles of one of our fabulous local nurseries to see what is in stock.

How about the gift of expertise? A gift certificate for a landscape consultation, garden walk though, or landscape design can be much appreciated by the overwhelmed gardener, or by someone with a new yard or wondering what to do with a mature, overgrown garden.

The best gift can be the gift of time, an hour of weeding, or transplanting, a chance to share in enjoyment of the gifts our gardens offer. Happy Holidays!

Pam Roy, owner of Planscapes, has been a landscape designer and horticulturist for 30 years in the Northwest. Contact her at 425-252-9469 or go to for more information.

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