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Southeast Gardening: Gifts Gardeners Will Love

Lowe's Southeast regional gardening contributor Linda Askey suggests gifts for gardeners, and maybe for herself!

 Reel mowers need no gas, oil or cranking, and new designs are easier to use.
 Having a landscape plan means every effort in the garden moves it forward.

The best gifts satisfy a need or desire in the recipient. For a gardener, the choices are many. I adore the hose and hose reel I received last Christmas. I was grateful all summer.

When I wrote this column last year, I asked Santa for a Fiskars reel mower (Item #317736), but he wasn't reading. So I stepped up to be my own Santa, and I can attest that my insightful gift to my garden was perfectly chosen. There's no oil or gas required, no cranking, and the mowing is quick and easy. It was a good year for my lawn.

So what's on the list this year? Here are a few ideas:

  • A consultation with a landscape designer has the potential to transform a garden. Just give an hour or two with a local designer.
 Why not hang gloves instead of stockings?
  • A plant or two from the Lowe's garden center will look great with a big red bow tied around them.
  • Good tools are always welcome. Take a look at the tool storage area to figure out what he or she may need. A sturdy pair of clippers such as Felco #2 (Item #393297) is always a good choice. So is a heavy duty, steel-tined digging fork (Item #393205) with a circular handle made by Radius to relieve hand fatigue. I have used both of these tools for several years with good success.
  • Short on cash and long on heart? Give a day of labor, weeding, planting, pruning, or whatever. Best of all, you'll spend that day together.
  • Good things come in small packages. That's all you need for a membership to a local botanical garden. There are also garden membership organizations, such as those focusing on a favorite group of plants. These make thoughtful gifts.
  • Garden magazines are gifts that arrive all year long, and a well-chosen garden book will endure. Look for a new title to be sure it isn't already on the shelf.
  • Finally, I want to start a new tradition in my house, one where I hang my favorite garden gloves (Item #184089) in lieu of a stocking. Gloves are small, but they can hold good things. A small pair of clippers (Item #53096) and a few packages of seeds (Item #147216) would make me happy, as would an amaryllis bulb (Item #17800) pushed into the stretchy palm of a glove.

And Santa, did I mention that a Lowe's gift card would slip in there too?

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