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Your 2018 Gardener’s Gift Guide

Carefully curated gifts for the garden lovers in your life.

For the Book Lover

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You can’t possibly go wrong with this; five star reviews, recommended by the Royal Horticulture Society, sold in all the best bookstores and botanical gardens:  Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017) is suitable for beginners or experienced gardeners alike. I can even send you signed bookplates to include if you order soon! Just email me with your mailing address and tell me how many you need.

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This may be called a magazine, but I can tell you Garden Design most definitely comes into the ‘book’ category in terms of quality, stunning photography, in depth articles and lack of advertisements. Order a subscription as a gift and you’ll get FIVE issues for the cost of FOUR when you use this link or call (855) 624-5110 Monday – Friday, 8 – 5 PST and mention this offer.

 

For the Container Gardener

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My brand new online course  Container Gardening to Suit Your Style launches on December 4th and can be purchased as a gift  for yourself or a friend! With over two hours of ‘watch when you like’ instruction, plant lists, resources and interaction with other students and myself in a private group, this is a fun way to gain confidence and improve your skills as a designer. Suitable for all levels of experience from beginner to professional.

Full details of this Garden Gate magazine course plus a video trailer can be found  HERE. (Once you enter the basic email information you’ll be taken to the purchase page where you have the option to purchase this as a gift).

And as a special gift to MY readers and subscribers, I’m giving you a $50 discount!! Just enter KCHAPMAN as a coupon code.

 

For the Urban Homesteader

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We all know someone who keeps chickens, has bees, or grows vegetables – check out the many useful and fun gifts that Stumpdust has to offer. Honey pots, garden tools and chicken ornaments are just a few of these handcrafted gifts turned from salvaged wood in our very own barn here in Duvall, WA. Yes, that’s right, the Stumpdust Santa is non other than my super-talented husband Andy. He has even agreed to offer friends of Le jardinet a special discount. Type the coupon code SANTA10 at checkout to receive 10% off your order of $75 or more. Coupon expires December 7th so don’t wait too long!

For the Garden Photographer

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As digital cameras  have become easier to use and less expensive, more and more gardeners have discovered the delight of taking high quality photos of their gardens to create cards, e-books, wall art, or simply to share with friends.

A tripod is an indispensable piece of camera kit, enabling you not only to avoid camera shake, but also to take superior low-light shots and frame up the scene in a more deliberate way. I LOVE my lightweight, super-portable MeFoto RoadTrip tripod. It fits easily into my carry-on or can be strapped to my camera back pack, is sturdy enough to manage my 18-135mm lens, is fully adjustable AND even converts quickly into a monopod for those scenarios when there isn’t room for a full tripod (think garden tours, narrow paths…). Lots of pretty colors too! Highly recommended and great value.

 

Congratulations – shopping complete! Time for a cup of tea and a warm mince pie.

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Thoughtful Hand-Crafted Gifts

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It’s that time of year again when the post-Turkey coma gives way to a shopping and wrapping frenzy. Let me make life a little easier. Put the kettle on, enjoy a cup of tea and use these ideas to get you started on finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

All these items are handcrafted from salvaged and recycled materials by Andy Chapman of Stumpdust. Yes – Andy is my husband and he has turned a lifelong passion into a thriving small business here in rural Duvall, WA.  His work has been recognized by Martha Stewart, Sunset Magazine and Garden Design Magazine to name a few and Country Gardens Magazine will be publishing a feature on him in 2017.

Every piece tells a story: whether it is the gnarled apple tree from our daughter’s first home or the towering big leaf maple that came down in a storm and just missed our new patio! As you use these tools and gifts you too become a part of the ongoing story.

For the Gardener

Dibbers make easy work of seed sowing. Ours are made from salvaged wood

Dibbers make easy work of seed sowing.

These traditional English design garden dibbers are hand-crafted  by Stumpdust from salvaged wood. The 1″ marks allow you to accurately plant seeds and small bulbs at the perfect depth.  At just $10 these dibbers make the perfect stocking stuffer, hostess gift or party favor. Garden Row Markers and gift sets also available.

IMG_6898 Or what about a hand crafted Christmas tree? Three designs and toppers to choose from. $15

For the Foodie

Winne-The-Pooh certified honey jar and dipper

Winne-The-Pooh certified honey jar and dipper

Whether a gourmet cook or a gourmet eater – everyone loves a jar of specialty honey. Transform that gift into something truly unique by packaging it with this delightful honey pot and dipper set.

Each 8oz embossed Mason jar is fitted with a hand-turned lid – look at the detail!

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The dipper itself is slender and well proportioned unlike most clunky mass produced versions. Stumpdust makes these from locally sourced salvaged wood using traditional lathe techniques. $20.

Wine stoppers, bowls and individual honey dippers  also available.

For the Animal Lover

A mouse problem you won't mind having!

A mouse problem you won’t mind having!

Our four barn cats are fat, lazy and vegetarian – or so it seems. Maybe we need to use some of these as training tools?! These seriously cute mice are adorable perched on shelves, peeking out of baskets and clustered on the coffee table. Individually hand-turned and finished. $15

Penguins and birdhouses also available. Andy has even made custom penguins with hockey sticks – always ask about customization if you have a creative idea.

For the Young at Heart

IMG_6884 Hang on a gift or the tree. Each hand crafted snowman has its own personality. $15.

Also bells (great for teachers gifts) .

In a world of mass produced, meaningless ‘stuff’ these thoughtful, high quality gifts stand out from the crowd. They are sure to become treasure heirlooms.

From our garden to yours – we thank you and wish you every blessing this Holiday season.

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Great Gifts for Green Thumbs

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“Deck the halls with boughs of holly” is all well and good but between that, baking a gazillion snowman-shaped cookies and making merry at various parties there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of time left for finding the perfect gifts for friends and family. Well for the green thumbs on your list at least I’ve got you covered – read on!

 

 

For the gardener with a sense of humor

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How about a cow pie (UK = cow pat) in a bag? Moo-Poo tea is just that, albeit from happy cows after things have been made  clean, safe and odorless. I swear this stuff saved our veggie garden this year. Manure tea conditions the soil so plant roots can better absorb nutrients. This enables plants to develop strong root systems, bushier growth and vibrant blooms. And here’s a special deal to celebrate Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew‘s making the “Top 10” Indie Awards this year;  for each 9 pack order placed by Dec 8, 2013 you will receive a free 3 pack, plus free S/H (no code needed). Order today! Also on Facebook

For the fashion conscious gardener

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I make no apologies for this selection even though I think I probably recommend it every year – West County waterproof gardening gloves. These are THE BEST gloves for winter gardening keeping my hands nice and toasty even if  the gloves get soaking wet (which they frequently do). In fact I bought my Mum a pair just to wear for shopping because they are so warm and I have been known to use mine for driving! Although these won’t work for delicate gardening tasks such as sowing seed they are perfect for the typical winter work of pruning, digging and weeding. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

For the interior designer – cum – gardener

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I cannot keep a houseplant alive. I don’t know what it is but I am seriously houseplant challenged. For those of you who do manage to nurture indoor plants for more than a week I have the perfect book for you. Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants by Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson will give you oodles of ideas for decorating your home in stylish new ways. It also promises that it makes “houseplants easy”…… I may be their ultimate challenge. Order here. Also on Facebook

For the florist in your life

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I absolutely LOVE these floral snips by Corona. I was given two pairs to give away at a seminar I was presenting. And I did. Now I don’t have any! Santa are you listening??? These have super comfy gel handles, an integral thorn stripper and floral wire cutter and are lightweight making them easy to use for an extended period of time. They are also great value at less than $12. Order here.

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Now anyone who loves flower design will be inspired by Debra Prinzing’s book Slow Flowers. This time I had more sense; I bought one for a gift AND one for myself! Debra’s book encourages us to use locally sourced flowers which are in season. If you dont believe there is anything available in the middle of winter, think again! Debra offers instructions for an artistic creation for every week of the year. In fact Slow Flowers challenged me to look in my own garden and see for myself the winter jasmine, hellebores and camellias, colorful stems and catkin adorned branches which were all there in December together with plenty of evergreens. You can get more inspiration from Debra’s blog where you can listen to podcasts and get even more scrumptious design ideas. Order Slow Flowers here

 

 

For the artistic gardener

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Hand blown glass ornaments are not all created equal. Those made by Barbara Sanderson at Glass Gardens NW are high quality that will have you exclaiming that they are even better in person than online! Imagine these on your tree or hanging in a window? Lots of other beautiful pieces in her online store too. Also on Facebook

For all gardeners!

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You can’t go wrong with this garden tool gift set. The English hand fork is my #1 tool. I use it to tease roots from root bound plants, to carefully remove plants from mixed containers without damaging roots and for weeding when I want to avoid cutting the root but rather pry the weed up intact. The matching trowel is the perfect partner. Gardeners of all ages and experience will thank you for this set.

 

More ideas?

Better Homes and Gardens has just published Great Budget Friendly Gifts for Gardeners (and they have included FINE FOLIAGE, written by Christina Salwitz and myself !)

Dear Santa; our Foliage Wish List – ideas for foliage-aholics everywhere

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