Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Need gift ideas for your favorite gardener? Here are just a few, based on recommendations from friends, colleagues and garden bloggers.

Books: Many gardeners enjoy books about gardening design, how-tos and even poetry and prose. One idea is Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned From 60 Years of Gardening by writer and rural historian Jerry Apps, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. (

Tools: Every gardener has a favorite tool, but most will appreciate a high-quality trowel or a hori-hori (soil knife). The A.M. Leonard stainless steel soil knife is a great deal and an excellent tool for dividing plants, digging weeds, cutting twine and much more. (, search for “soil knife”)

Bird feeders: Healthy gardens usually have feathered visitors, and gardeners tend to enjoy feeding them. Many feeders are even works of art. Check out the Perky-Pet red antique bottle glass hummingbird feeder. (, model #8109-2)

Magazine subscriptions: Winter is long here in Wisconsin, giving us plenty of time to plan for next season’s garden. How about a subscription to Organic Gardening ( or Horticulture: The Art & Science of Smart Gardening (

Gift cards and certificates: There are too many reputable garden centers in the Madison area to list them all here. If you know your gardener’s favorite place to shop, that’s a good bet. But most are happy simply to have funds specifically designated for shopping at any garden center.

Beth Stetenfeld is a McFarland-based editor, writer, master naturalist and creator of the gardening blog