Every year, Northern Gardener works with some of the most savvy, on-trend buyers in Minnesota’s garden industry to come up with a list of gifts for gardeners. Now that the turkey is being digested, here are a few of things we recommend. (Watch for more gift ideas over the next few days, or check out the November/December issue of Northern Gardener for the complete list.)
If you have a bat lover or an art connoisseur on your list, a hand-crafted bat house is the answer. Created by Minneapolis artist John Posl, these diminutive domiciles are made with exotic woods and copper roofs. $119. Available at Tangletown Gardens, 5353 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-4769.
Delight a fairy gardening enthusiast or inspire a would-be dish gardener with Miniature Gardens (Cool Springs Press, 2014) by gardening expert Katie Elzer-Peters. It’s full of gorgeous color photography and laser-focused advice on the latest in plant options and designs for this tiny world, from fairy gardening to dish gardening, terrariums, and even miniature water gardens. $22.99. Available at Gertens, 5500 Blaine Ave., Inver Grove Heights; 651-450-1501.
Who doesn’t love something sweet? These Meri Meri cupcake kits are a great gift for the baker, crafter or party giver in your life. There are a variety of holiday-themed sets, including a “Create your own snowman” cupcake topper kit. Pick up one for a cute hostess gift, stocking stuffer or a surprise for your Secret Santa. $5.99-$14.99. Available at Lilydale Garden Center, 941 Sibley Memorial Highway, Lilydale; 651-457-6040.