Garden Blogger Gift Guide

Garden industry insiders including GardenRant's Amy Stewart and Growing With Plants' Matt Mattus share their holiday wish list.
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Galvanized Garlic Topiary Form

“I’ve been waiting for the right moment to use these sculptural Garlic Topiary forms from Detroit Garden Works,” says landscape designer and garden blogger Susan Cohan. “If Santa brought them, I’d put them in my home garden!” $225;

Solitary Bee House

“The rapid decline in honey bees is highly alarming,” says garden speaker, consultant and Seasonal Wisdom blogger Teresa O’Connor. “That’s why I’m eager to attract other types of bees, which commonly nest in pre-drilled holes rather than in bee hives. These native bees can’t excavate their own holes, so giving them a bee house for shelter keeps them hanging around in the backyard.” $10.99;

Modfire Astrofire Outdoor Fire Pit

Robin Plaskoff Horton, founder and creative director of the home, garden and lifestyle blog Urban Gardens, loves the sleek look of the Astrofire, which comes with wood-burning, propane and natural gas options. $1,450;

Encyclopedia of Flowers

“Makoto Azuma is one of The Plant Provocateur’s true inspirations,” says The Plant Provocateur blogger Hank Jenkins. “His work is so creatively luxurious and beautifully composed. He plays with plants in ways you might never think of!” $69.37;

Seed Savers Exchange Membership

“An annual membership to this national, non-profit seed back is a great gift for gardeners concerned about protecting heritage foods from extinction,” says master gardener and Seasonal Wisdom blogger Teresa O’Connor. “The real treasures are the members-only newsletters and annual yearbook, which features expert growing tips, plant history and heirloom varieties you’ll find nowhere else. $40;

Vegtrug Raised Beds

“This deep, V-shaped raised planter is worthy of a special place in my kitchen garden,” says Teresa O’Connor, a garden speaker, consultant and writer of the Seasonal Wisdom blog. “The elevated, back-saving design discourages critters while allowing me to grow everything from spicy greens to heirloom tomatoes.” $269.95;

Barnacle Water Jar

Author of the popular garden blog Miss Rumphius’ Rules, Susan Cohan says the “highly textured, crusty surface” of this barnacle water jar will make a perfect piece of garden art. “I don’t want to plant them; I just want them as objects,” she says. $128;

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

“From an author who challenges and inspires me, I can’t wait to read about fire, water, air and earth and Michael Pollan’s proposed cooking revolution,” Studio G blogger Rochelle Greayer says of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. $17.55;

P-Grip 5-Tine Hand Cultivator

“I’m looking at this 5-tine tool to help me spare my fingers when yanking out prolific rocks, annoying crab grass colonies and giant pokewood roots,” says Rochelle Greayer, co-creator of Leaf magazine and blogger at Studio G: Ideas and Inspiration for Garden Makers. “Well-made tools are magically able to transform back-breaking tasks into enjoyable working sessions that yield remarkable results.” $36.99;

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition

“I like to document my seed collecting or plant hunting discoveries on film, but I have yet to start using motion,” says Growing With Plants blogger Matt Mattus. “But after watching sport snowboarders document their mountain escapades with their GoPro hi-def cameras, I know that they are just what I need to wear on my forehead or chest strap, leaving both of my hands free for climbing or seed collecting.” $399.99;

DIY Bitters Kit

Amy Stewart, author of The New York Times bestseller The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, says “this DIY Bitters Kit from Dash Bitters provides all the hard-to-find ingredients and equipment for creating homemade bitters, who which you can add homegrown ingredients in the garden.” $34.99;

Fiskars Garden Bucket Caddy

“I love this Fiskars Garden Bucket Caddy,” says Dee Nash, whose blog Red Dirt Ramblings was named Best Garden Blog in 2011 by Horticulture magazine. It wraps around a five-gallon bucket and has nine pockets perfect for tools, beverages and even your cell phone. “I write for Fiskars, but I’d love it even if I didn’t,” she says. $10.99;

Miniature Red Amaryllis

“I love the smaller size and abundant blossoms of these miniature red amaryllis from Stark Bro’s,” says Amy Stewart, bestselling author and co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant. “My desk faces a sunny window, and there is nothing better than a pot of bulbs in the middle of my workspace to get me through the winter.” $39.99;

The Plant Hunters

“This gorgeous book comes packaged in a slipcase and is beautifully illustrated with art from the golden age of botanical exploration,” says Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks. “Tucked into the binding are envelopes containing facsimiles of rare historical documents, making it a sort of pop-up book for grown-ups.” $30;

Art Glass Flowers Set

“I like pretty art glass in my garden, and these flowers fit the bill,” says Oklahoma-based garden blogger Dee Nash of this set of three hand-blown glass flowers. “ $99.95; Still hunting for that perfect gift? 

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